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June 21st – The Longest Day (in more ways than one)

June 21st: The Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of the year For me: My first PET/CT scan, which felt like the longest day of the year! So, before I get the final go ahead for my surgery in September, my surgeon decided to refer me for a PET/CT scan to … Continue reading June 21st – The Longest Day (in more ways than one)

Old Norse in the North

Yorkshire formerly known as the County of York and "York" comes from the Viking name for the city, Jórvík It's no surprise that Old Norse has influenced the English language; particularly in the North where the Vikings dominated for many years! When I started to learn Norwegian a few years ago, I found some similarities to Yorkshire words and places … Continue reading Old Norse in the North

Happy Pills – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

So here it is, my very LONG, open and honest blog post about my 104 interesting days on Escitalopram (aka Lexapro/Cipralex) 💊 💊 💊 Timeline 7th February - 10mg 23rd February - 20mg 16th March - 10mg 20th April - First appointment with Psychologist 11th May - 5mg 21st May - Last 5mg pill   Mental health is still a … Continue reading Happy Pills – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

The Dreaded Phone Call

Still feeling a little bit blurry headed after the 17th May Celebrations in Norway the day before (which, by the way was fab!) I struggled to comprehend the news that I had just received on the phone. The surgeon, that I had met with just a week earlier, had just called to let me know … Continue reading The Dreaded Phone Call

Mum’s (2nd) visit to Norway

Earlier this month, my mum came to spend some time with us in Bergen again. The first time she came to visit was the last weekend of August in 2015. In true Bergen style, it rained a lot! So this time, I told her to come around the start of May, and promised her a weekend of … Continue reading Mum’s (2nd) visit to Norway

It will never be the perfect time…

Today I cried; something I’ve struggled to do for the past few months thanks to the antidepressants I’m taking. I've always been skeptical of taking such a thing, but over Christmas, my anxiety was getting progressively worse as I struggled to come to terms with the fact that I was walking around with a potentially … Continue reading It will never be the perfect time…

Deep throating a hose pipe…

Don't worry, this isn't an erotic blog post! I'm simply referring to what took place yesterday morning; my first Gastroscopy. Since I received my genetic test results in November, I have a mutation in the CDH1 gene, which can lead to Diffuse Gastric Cancer, I have been anticipating this procedure ever since. Mainly because I … Continue reading Deep throating a hose pipe…

Florida

🇺🇸  I'm all about the palm trees and 80 degrees (not forgetting the Vitamin D)☀️ We've had some dark, dingy and damp months here in Bergen over the Winter period (nothing new there), so I was more than ecstatic when I received a message from my mother inviting me to Florida with her this Spring! Part … Continue reading Florida

Bergen Whisky and Beer Festival

Whisky and Beer; two of my favourite things! ❤ The event was open for 5 hours on the Friday and 6 the following day, so we decided to try Whisky on Friday and Beer on Saturday. Ireland Jameson Caskmates * Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve * Teeling Whiskey Single Grain * Scotland Scallywag Speyside Blended Malt … Continue reading Bergen Whisky and Beer Festival

CDH1 Positive

It’s been 24 hours since I discovered that I have a mutation in the CDH1 gene, and what an emotional 24 hours it’s been. As soon as I read the words “The CDH1-mutation has been detected in your blood sample”, I broke down and sobbed uncontrollably. I know a lot of people won’t understand and … Continue reading CDH1 Positive

Tid for Syden

Syden - Literally meaning "the south", is a common Norwegian term for destinations with a warmer climate. After visiting Pula in Croatia two years ago and falling in love with the place, the atmosphere, the wine and the friendliness of the locals, we have been itching to go back there ever since. Last year, we were focused … Continue reading Tid for Syden

Road Trip to Fjørtoft

Every summer, Bjørnar and I head to Fjørtoft; the beautiful island he grew up on in Sunnmøre. In the past, we have taken the bus from Bergen to Ålesund, and then another bus, before getting on the final ferry to the island. This usually takes around 12 hours and is very draining! So this year, … Continue reading Road Trip to Fjørtoft

A Weekend in Oslo

On this day last week, Bjørnar and I were sitting in the airport, waiting anxiously to board our plane to Oslo after seeing a small propellor plane parked at our gate. (For those of you that don't know us very well, we are both nervous flyers and have always insisted that we would never travel … Continue reading A Weekend in Oslo

Couples Shoot

A few weeks ago, Bjørnar and I were lucky enough to have some professional photographs taken by two wonderful British photographers. Jamie, who I met a year ago when he was the photographer at my cousin's wedding in England, had made arrangements to travel to Bergen and do a styled shoot with some models, and asked … Continue reading Couples Shoot

Money Money Money

Travellers and expats like myself, often transfer money to their bank account from an overseas account - this can be time consuming and costly! A few months after relocating to Norway, I came across a wonderful service that not enough people know about...

17. Mai – Gratulerer med dagen!

The 17th May, also known as Norwegian Constitution Day, is an official national holiday that is celebrated all over the country. The Constitution was signed in 1814 and declared Norway to be an independent kingdom. Despite me being in Bergen for almost 3 years, this was my first time celebrating it here so I was … Continue reading 17. Mai – Gratulerer med dagen!

Skogsøy

After living in Bergen for almost 3 years, (wow, has it really been that long?!) I've started searching for new places to explore since I've seen the majority of the tourist hotspots here; museums, the mountains, art galleries etc. The great thing about Bergen is that it's fairly easy to get around thanks to the bybane and bus services, … Continue reading Skogsøy

Nordlys

Last night was like most nights here. It got dark, and my phone notified me that it was kp6 outside. (For those of you that don't know what this means, basically the kp number system is a scale of geomagnetic activity aka northern lights forecast) Usually, there's nothing much to see here in Bergen, and … Continue reading Nordlys