Thursday, 7 September 2017

Current Favourites

As we are transitioning from summer to autumn and our routines tend to slightly change due to the more cool weather I thought I would review some of the products that I have been loving for the last couple of months. Products that I also see myself using in the months to come based on their qualities. 

Goddess Estee Lauder. I know this is a summer fragrance and that Estee Lauder came out with a new one this year, but I can't stop wearing this perfume! Out of all the 25+ perfumes (not a hoarder, just been given quite a lot of perfumes throughout the years) that I own this is the one I reach for every single day! I am really bad at explaining how a perfume smells, but what I can say is that it's super light and quite fresh! I wouldn't say it lasts throughout the day as it is an Eau de Toilette, but if you're as looking for an all over everyday spray do try it next time you are browsing the fragrance section. 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Autumn is Coming & 8 Reason Why I Love IT!

While everyone is wishing for more sunny and warm summer days, there I am in the background secretly wishing that it was autumn already. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy summer and the fact that you can wear a dress most days without worrying that you might feel chilly throughout the day. But what I love the most is being able to wear a dress with some cosy tights, ankle boots, a big chunky scarf, and my beloved coat. Autumn just is my favourite season and I love everything it brings with it and here are some reasons why!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

A Nomads Diary

Nomad [noh-mad] - a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.

In previous posts, I have briefly touched upon my roots and my cultural background - a quarter Portuguese/ Mozambican, and half Ethiopian. If you were to dig not too deep you would find that my family on my father's side also has Indian blood running through their veins and hence why I have long and thick dark hair (at least that is what I like to think). As for my mothers' side, you would find roots back to Israel where my great-grandmother was from - and how fascinating is that? To think that we live in a world where racism still has a place to thrive when in fact if you took the time to look back into your family tree you would be surprised by a thing of two, but that is a discussion for some other time. So let's go back to the purpose of this blog post - being a nomad.

Although having a mixed and variety of cultures on my back whilst my passport only stating that I am Norwegian, I could never bring myself to pick a country which I felt I belonged most if you were to ask me, and this is a question which often pops up during conversations. Where do you feel you belong to? Do you feel truly Norwegian after living there for 10 years? What about Portugal, would you ever move back? Is England your new home then? These are all fair question to ask because if you were to look at my journey from the very beginning until today's date, it does seem like I have been touring the world like a one-man-circus, but where do I belong and what place feels like home? As many time as I have been asked this question I still don't have a clear answer to give you. The only thing I can say is that I wouldn't want it any other way because I believe that it has shaped me as a person and made me more open-minded and respectful of things that are different. But isn't not confusing at times to not feel like you belong to one particular country or place you might ask? Personally, I think it is only what you make of it but I must admit that during moments where I take time to myself and try to discover my 'the real me' it sometimes makes it harder not knowing where your 'compass' leads you to. But again, if the only 'problem' I have is that I have too many countries to choose from, then I think I am luckier than I realise. To be able to pack my bags and say I will now visit my family in Portugal, Ethiopia, Norway, or England without hesitating and being able to enjoy my stay as a local - not many are in the same position to do so and I think it's important to be grateful rather than questions and doubting my belonging.   Something I believe goes both ways as having friends from all over the world does put in perspective. For example, when talking to a couple of friends or new people they always wish to have had the opportunity to have lived in different countries and learned differents language - but why not appreciate the opportunities that you know have to do so and be grateful for wanting to travel and learn about new cultures? Not implying that if you were born and raised in one place you are ungrateful, but the fact that you now days can get a flight ticket for £30 - it opens up to so many opportunities than ever before.

With the world becoming smaller and smaller having knowledge and understanding of what is new and different to what you are used to is never a bad thing. It makes the world bigger and more interesting as well as helping us take a step in the right direction. The world now days seems to be taking two steps forward and four steps back, making it impossible to look at a future with a positive insight. So I believe it's important for the generation to come to have a better understanding of the world around us and help to keep it a place where violence, racism, and war is not in power.

What are your travel plans for the rest of the year?


Monday, 21 August 2017

What I Learned After 3 Years at University

After completing a three-year undergraduate course in psychology and soon to step into another chapter,  I thought I would reflect back on what I learned from going to university. Reflect on the most important values and lessons learned and share them with you !

Do your research beforehand. 
This is so important and something I spent almost a year doing. Right after beginning my final year of college I was still unsure what I wanted to do after I finished, but I was quite certain that I wanted to go to university, just not sure what to pursue. A few months of reminiscing and doing a bit of research I realised that psychology was something that actually suited me well and something I knew I would enjoy doing a course in. Leading me to my next obstacle - whether or not I would study in Oslo or abroad. This is when a few people in my class decided to arrange a trip to London and visit a couple of universities they had in mind.  After visiting three different universities, I was more reassured and certain of which one I was most likely to choose based on my criteria. So, when I was back in Norway  I started the process of applying through UCAS as soon as I could.  Gathering all the information I had such as a personal letter, a reference, personal details, and any additional information they needed for my application to be approved. After that, I needed to do was wait and when I finally got an unconditional offer I was over the moon and ready to start planning my three years abroad!    I was lucky enough that London is only two hours away from Oslo and flights are cheap, making it possible for me to travel and visit the universities I had on my wishlist. So if you are in the same position, whether or not you are an international student - please do so as it will give you a whole different perspective on what to expect when you actually start your first year. But most important of course is what undergraduate or postgraduate is most suitable for you - forget what other people think you should do, just make sure you will enjoy getting up every other day and be motivated to show up for every lecture - which brings me to my next point.