It's back to London and back to life, tomorrow is my first day back to work after what seems like a VERY long break. Refreshed, renewed, and dreading. Work is just that, work. But it's nice to be back in London, welcomed by rain and seriously crowded shopping malls, it's part of the charm. Want to go sales shopping? Stay at home and just log on, online is better! Now it's all about planning New Years Eve, what are you up to?
Going back to Norway for Christmas means spending plenty of time around a table eating with friends and family, and a couple of days ago the boyfriend and I was invited to a Norwegian Julebord (direct translation is "Christmas table") at a friends house. This is a celebration of Christmas with food and Akevitt, a Norwegian schnapps, which is undoubtedly dangerous in large quantities. Stay away if offered. We got to spend a whole evening eating, drinking, unhappily doing shots of akevitt and generally worrying about the next morning. It all worked out fine in the end, but I might have been feeling a bit unwell for a short period of time during the night. Until next year... Here are the photos.
Yesterday's weather forecast was right, it's still snowing! But it wouldn't be Christmas without a bit of snow, reading magazines in the morning and spending a very long time deciding what to have for breakfast. I'm watching breakfast tv and looking forward to make rice pudding later and going out for a small trip to get the last of the trimmings. It's Christmas!
It's almost time to go back to London and while I am happy to go back, I am also sad to leave Oslo. It's always like that. Christmas isn't like a normal time of the year and if I would stay longer in Oslo, what would I do but go from coffee shop to coffee shop, read books and go shopping? Not much really. So back to reality it is. But it has been amazing to be able to go for a walk in a winter wonderland, enjoy the snow before my feelings turn to hate because I have to scrape a car or almost slip on the ice, and eat until there is nothing left to eat. Of course, after the Christmas food is behind us and the only thing you want is a salad, that is what you get. And maybe some waffles.
And just to round it off, when shopping for the aforementioned salad, I came across a rather large turkey. 12kg, how is it possible? I don't think it would fit in anyone's oven to be honest, it was massive!
Every year during the Christmas period I come to a point where the only thing I want to eat is salad leaves. Today is such a day. It happens after a couple of days with heavy Christmas food, and I think it is a sign that the holidays were successful and that I am done with the traditional foods for this year and can start looking forward to Christmas next year. You can never start planning to early, you know!
Tonight is the night before Christmas in Norway. The 23rd of December is almost as important as Christmas Eve for me. I have had divorced parents for as long as I can remember and I celebrate Christmas with my dad on the 23rd and my mums side of the family on the 23th. So today I have had turkey and chocolate mousse for dinner, followed by opening of presents and quality cuddles with the dog. Next year I am getting him reindeer antlers, he would love it! Christmas is generally my favourite time of the year, it's great to spend so much time with family and old friends, eat until there is no food left and wonder what presents are under the tree. Tomorrow I am making rice pudding for the first time, wrapping the last presents and getting ready to have a great time. Happy Christmas!
On Wednesday I got up very early and dragged myself to the airport. It really wasn't my day, as I forgot my passport and had to go back, was delayed in the tube and sent to the wrong gate for my flight. When I told my dad I forgot my passport he said "amateur mistake". Feat time it happens to me really, but now I have learned. I did remember my Norwegian mobile that I have forgotten the last 5 times I have gone home, so at least that is something. But it is amazing to be home and relax in front of the fire, dress up to go out in the cold and generally wonder where the time has flown.
So, this is the reason I was almost late for work yesterday and rocked up 5 minutes late today. It's a book. It's from the local library, yes I have a library card and I know how to use it, and it is actually a Norwegian book translated into English. I had to borrow it basically. Most of the time I read crime novels, occasionally a different themed book manages to find its way to my hands, but 90% of the time it's crime. Maybe not so weird that I am getting paranoid with readin these crime novels and watching hours of CSI. But a good book is something that can't be beaten, it challenges your fantasy, passes the time on public transportation and widens your vocabulary. So grab a book today, will you? Anything great I should be reading?
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x