Archive | April, 2014

Game of Thrones Exhibition in Oslo

29 Apr

Warning: Some of the pictures contains spoilers for season 3!

Good evening! Today I woke up super early to get on the train to Oslo, to visit the official Game of Thrones exhibition. The exhibit started on Saturday and ends on Wednesday, and has been a huge hit. The queue on Saturday was insane, people who showed up early still had to wait around five hours, and it wasn’t much better on Sunday. I figured some of the insanity would have settled down on Tuesday though, especially if showing up early when most people are at school or work.

Turns out I was correct, my friend and I showed up at about 9:30, they started letting people in at 10 and we went inside about 10:30. That’s an acceptable waiting time, especially considering everything was free.

One of the first objects we saw when entering the building was Daenerys’ costumes, which were even more beautiful up close than on the screen. And how tiny must Emilia Clarke be? Those outfits and mannequins were so small! All of the costumes in the show interest me greatly, I find it so fascinating how much details there is, and everything looks so authentic. I think my favourite piece in the exhibit is Cersei’s costume, it’s absolutely beautiful.

The coolest thing in the exhibit by far was the “Ascend the Wall”, a virtual reality experience using Oculus Rift technology. I was stood in a small cage of sorts, got my glasses and headphones on, and suddenly I was in the north of Westeros, wind blowing in my hair, and I was rapidly approaching the top of the wall in a wooden lift that seemed quite unstable. As I reached the top I turned around as instructed, and slowly “walked” nearer the edge where I stopped and looked around me. The feeling was intense and so realistic! Not recommended for those with fear of heights though. Suddenly my body jerked (someone grabbed and shook me) and I fell over the edge, the ground came closer and then everything turned white. Scary! But super fun.

Ascend The Wall

The whole room was filled with large photos from the show, concept art, miniatures and props, and there were also TV-screens here and there showing behind-the-scenes-footage and clips of every single character on the show has died. There was also an In Memoriam picture wall with pictures and names.

And of course, one can’t go to a Game of Thrones exhibit and not go on the Iron Throne! The queue for taking a picture on the desired seat went surprisingly quick, and I suddenly found myself sitting on what is supposedly the most uncomfortable royal throne there is. I must say I felt right at home, and doesn’t “Hedvig, Queen of Westeros, first of her name” have a nice ring to it?

Bow down, peasants.

Bow down, peasants.

All in all, a great experience!

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Top 10 Influential Books

24 Apr

I got this idea from the blog Photographs Make Memories, and thought it was a really nice idea, and decided to do one for myself. Yesterday was the International Day of the Book, so ideally I would have posted this then, but being true to my self I’m always a bit late to the party 😉

1. The Harry Potter-series – J.K Rowling

Might be a bit cheating to put a whole series in first place, but hopefully no one will arrest me. I was so lucky to grow up with Harry Potter, I think I was just the right age when the series started, so as new books came out I would roughly be about the same age. As I grew older and taste in books changed, the HP-books changed as well, so I never grew out of loving reading them. When The Deathly Hallows came out it was really the end of an era, and I almost didn’t want to finish it, knowing I’d never wait for the next one to be released. I spent so much time completely engaged in the Hogwarts-world, that it almost feels like a second home, and it’s one that I keep coming back to. I will never ever tire of picking up the books and giving them a good re-read.

2. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The book I remember most from my early childhood. This was the first book with a proper story that my mum would read to me, repeatedly, and one of the books that made me learn to read myself. After a while with my mum having to read it for me, I became determined (so I’ve been told) to learn to do it by myself, so I could read it anytime I wanted, without depending on an adult to do it for me. Good motivation! Such a wonderful little book, and I hope any future kid of mine will feel the same.

3. Animorphs-series – K.A. Applegate

Another series that stayed with me quite a time. There were 54+ books after all! This was before Harry Potter my favourite books at the time. I guess they aren’t literary masterpieces, but who cares about that when you’re 8-12? And I still love them in that nostalgic way, the story was so exciting, and I came to really love the characters. I think the characters themselves are what makes these books so important to me, I felt I could identify a little bit with all of them, and also learn quite a bit. Animorphs is actually one of the book-series I really wish would be made into films, that would be brilliant! (We don’t talk about that horrible TV-show).

4. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

I’m pretty sure Gone With The Wind was the first proper book I read that was not children’s literature, at least that was not for school. We owned a really old copy of it at home, which was in a very old-fashioned language (Norwegian language has changed A LOT through the years), and at first I though all adult books were written in that strange way. It must have taken me ages to get through the first time, I was probably around 9, and even though I didn’t really understand most of the themes, I still loved it. Perhaps because I felt it was such an achievement at the time. I still pick up my copy now and then and give it a re-read, as I do with all my favourite books. Scarlett O’Hara is in my opinion one of the most interesting characters I’ve ever read, and taught my that the main character does not always have to be very sympathetic for us to like reading about them.

5. The Bone Collector – Jeffery Deaver

There was a period of time I was really into crime fiction, where I would read it ALL THE TIME! I still do from time to time, but not as much as before. My obsession lasted quite a while though, from when I was about 13-18! I think crime fiction often gets a bad rep, as “cheap” and poorly written, which I strongly disagree with! There are many fantastic crime novels out there, and Jeffery Deaver is one of my favourite authors in the genre. His series of books with Lincoln Rhyme as the main character is one of my favourites, they are well written and Deaver always keeps the reader at their toes to the final page. I’ve spent so many hours of my life engaged in these thrilling stories, and it all started with The Bone Collector. Great book!

6. Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

There’s no way I couldn’t have Lord of the Rings here, the Tolkien-universe is such a big part of my life. I’m a fanatic! I love the books and movies, and I completely lost count on how many times I’ve re-read them! I watched the first LotR-film when I was 11, and at that point I hadn’t read the books at all. Luckily we had a copy at home, and I think I actually sat down and started reading right after coming home from the movie, I had to find out how it all ended. I did,and I completely fell in love with Middle-Earth and its characters. And through the following obsession I discovered communities online consisting of other fans, and I guess it introduced me to the “fandom life”.

7. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo

My first introduction to Les Mis was not the novel, but the musical. I first watched it on DVD when I was five years old and loved it. Of course there was no way I could read the book at such a young age, but I knew that someday I’d be old enough, and it was something I actually looked forward to for years! I first gave it a go when I was around 10/11 I think, and I got through it on pure stubbornness. It was an extremely tough read, but an enjoyable one. I waited a few years before reading it again, and probably got a lot more out of it second time around now!

8. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

I’m really fond of Victorian literature, and especially Dickens, so he deserves taking one of the spots on my list. My favourite book of his is no doubt David Copperfield, mainly because of the characters and their journey. I mean, it’s basically a coming-of-age story, just set in Victorian times!  I’ve decided that in the future, when I hope to be surrounded by dogs, they will all be named after Dickens-characters.

9. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby

High Fidelity is one of my favourite contemporary novels! It was the one that introduced me to Nick Hornby, and he has become one of my most beloved authors. I love his writing style, it’s so straightforward, a bit quirky, very funny and heartwarming. I loved almost every Hornby-novel I read (only exception is “How To Be Good), and I always recommend them to anyone who wants a good read that’s not too heavy.

10. A Song of Ice and Fire-series – George R.R. Martin

A Song of Ice and Fire is my newest obsession, and even though I only started reading the books about two years ago, I’ve actually read them all 3 times now! I, like many others, started because of the TV-show, but it quickly become much more than just a book series to me. Like with Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, it has introduced me to a wonderful community of fans, earning it a spot on my list. It is truly one of the most complex stories I have ever read, and I find myself completely lost in its universe at times. I won’t stay for too long though, as the mortally rate is high 😉

To-Read List

21 Apr

I’ve always been a big reader, to the point where my teacher at primary school was actually worried that I read too much, as I’d constantly go around with my nose in a book, even when crossing the road. Thinking back it’s a wonder I survived life so far. I can’t really imagine a life without books, they’re such a big part of my life, and these wonderful stories that we get to experience when reading means a lot to me.

books

 

I have a Goodreads-account where I can discover new books based on what I’ve already read, what I want to read and what my friends are reading, and my “to-read list” is rapidly growing every day as I see new recommendations and reviews from my friends. Right now my to-read list consists of 80 books from various genres, and I’m planning on ticking them all off as fast as I can! I’ve already ordered quite a few books based on it, and the one I’m currently most eager to read is the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. I have seen and really like the musical which is based on the book, but for some reason I didn’t think I’d enjoy the novel very much, so I didn’t give it much though until recently, when the title popped up among other recommendations, and I figured I should read more about it and what other readers had to say. As far as I understand it’s far more mature and quite darker than the musical, which sounds very promising.

Other books I’m quite looking forward to reading are Paper Towns, Cloud Atlas, The Martian and about 80 more titles 😉 Since I’ve been reading A LOT lately I also thought I’d post some reviews here, mainly of the books that I’ve really enjoyed, to encourage others to engage in these wonderful stories as well. So look forward to a review or two in the following week!

I’d love to have more friends on Goodreads, so if you have an account feel free to add me, and if you don’t have one I think you should go and register right now. Also, I always welcome tips on what I should read next from others, or hear what’s on YOUR to-read list, if you want to share just leave a comment 🙂

Cheers and happy reading to you all.

Life Changes

15 Apr

I think everyone finds change a little bit scary, even though it’s something we all have to go through quite a lot in our lives. The most scariest changes are the ones you are forced to make yourself, where you make an active choice knowing it will change everything about your current situation and affect your whole future. The past year I’ve been struggling a lot with some life-changing decisions, and frankly it’s scared the hell out of me. It’s been no secret that my life the past year, I had to take a break from my studies and move back home because everything became a bit too much and I was struggling with depression and anxiety. And I started thinking about my current situation and if I was actually happy with it, or if I just kept going because the other options were too scary.

And I found out I actually wanted a change. I don’t want to continue my teacher studies. I want to do something completely different. So I’ve decided to quit and start something else. This decision was made some months ago, but I’m just starting to tell everybody about it now, and I’m feeling really good about it. It is a big change, I have to start completely over again, and sadly I have to move to a new city, which will be exciting, but also means that I won’t live near some of my best friends. And of course there is the feeling that I’ve wasted 3 years of my life, but I’m trying not to think of it that way. After all, I’ve learned and gained a lot these past few years. I made some amazing friends, I’ve learned to live away from home, I learned a lot from my studies, and I enjoyed them as well. Yes, even though I’m quitting, I did enjoy them. I found out it’s what after the teaching studies I don’t really want to do. If that makes any sense. At least it does to me.

In August I will be starting a bachelor degree in library & information science, which is in Oslo. My initial doubts and fear whether this is the right thing to do or not has started to fade, and I’m feeling more and more confident about this decision everyday. I’m actually really starting to look forward to it, and I’m feeling like I’m actively taking part in my life again. I still have everyday struggles with a lot of bad thoughts affecting me, but I’m getting help and I do actually believe that everything is going to turn out alright now.

And just because, I’m ending this post with this wonderful picture of Chico and me 🙂

Hedvig and Chico

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