It hasn't been my happiest, luckiest or awesomest year, but I ain't the person to focus on bad things, so I'll say I have had fun. 2014 has been good to me, although it could have been better. I have been lonely and insecure and lost a couple of friends I thought I'd never loose, but I also made dreams come true, met lovely new people and discovered new places. It's ok.
So, here's to the good things of the last (and definitely shittiest) part of the year:
In October, I started to feel at home in my little home / enjoyed the long and pretty Indian summer / got a residence permit! / sold (and ate) more froyo / got slowly addicted to Northern-African food / had two more friends visiting and loved showing them around / had a lovely evening with some Instagram-girls / ended up celebrating Halloween with a rabbit in the tram home.
In November, I was allowed to leave Norway again, so I immediately visited Copenhagen and Southern Sweden / fell in love with Lund and Malmö / got to meet up with (what felt like) so many friends! / saw penguins! / was happy to go back to Oslo! / bought myself some presents / went for long walks / posted a contact announcement for friends and got lovely responses! / very happily boarded a plane home to the Netherlands! / visited Utrecht, Eindhoven, Venlo, Hema, Rotterdam and Antwerpen / loved being able to talk to strangers without being "the strange one" / felt home for the first time in a long time.
In December, I enjoyed some more days at home-home / was more excited to go back to Oslo than I expected! / had the loveliest Sinterklaas celebration! / found my inner nerd (?) when going to a Sound of Music-karaoke and a Nintendo night (in one week) / went for long walks (as usual) / was so happy to finally see snow again! / sold froyo and read magazines at work / felt more Christmassy then ever with attending the Sunturns Christmas concert, baking pepperkaker and having the biggest Christmas meal / won't be celebrating New Year's Eve alone.
Let's be honest: in the last part of the year I realized that I didn't have as many friends in Oslo as I thought and actually felt really lonely and sad, especially when I besides got an inflammation in my wrist and couldn't write or do whatever. Work became more and more uninspiring and there were few social events to look forward to. Things became better when I decided I HAD TO be more social and although it's still hard with me being so insecure about my Norwegian and simply not knowing much people, it's going better and better. I mean: December was great compared to October and November (in Oslo, when not having visitors)
- and in 2015, things will continue to be better.
Happy New Year, lovelies. Thank you for reading, thank you for commenting. See you next year.