A much overdue recap of my family’s visit to Raleigh! Alternate title: Staycation with the Whole Fam Damily :)

Last Sunday morning, my uncle and cousins from Norway arrived in Raleigh for the first time ever! We were on a mission to show them the best of Raleigh without doing too much boring sightseeing

Our last day in Norway was one of the most beautiful in terms of the views and landscape. We parked the car in Os, which is very close to Bergen, and took a stroll past incredible houses; sat for awhile on a rock overlooking a fjord; walked on a rocky coast, wandered around the grounds of an extravagant inn; and then ate lunch at a casual pizza place on the water.


In addition to taking the cable car up to the top of Ulriken, we also did a short hike up a mountain near my family’s house. There used to be a petting zoo and cafe at the bottom, but unfortunately, it was shut down. Apparently someone bought the property and is planning to revamp it! I got some great pictures in the meantime though. Do you know what I mean when I say beautiful dilapidation? I always think of this computer wallpaper.

Back in Raleigh after a fantastic trip to Norway. I’m fully moved into my new apartment, which I’m psyched about, but I’ll miss:

Being able to read a newspaper outside at midnight

Being woken up by my adorable cousins every morning

Dinners where all six of us die laughing (so hard we spit out our water!)

Kronis ice creams

Boat rides on the fjord

Sushi and Chinese food..very

several days ago, we went to ulriken, which is one of the tallest mountains in bergen. there is a slightly scary cable car that takes passengers to the top, where there is a store and a fancy restaurant. we actually saw guests arriving for a wedding when we were there!

i’ve been trying to experiment with new nikon d3100 and i think i’m getting slightly better! it’s helpful to look over the settings that a particular picture was taken with to understand exactly how it makes the picture comes out.

happy 4th of july! may it be filled with fun, family, friends, and fireworks :) we won’t be doing much traditional celebrating, but there may be a boat in my near future!

waffles & coffee on a cozy day in norway

by the harbor in bergen

love the jumbled look of these houses

homes in bergen


then here….


then finally,

Four whole days since my last post! Sorry for slacking; I’ve been busy livin’ up my last few weeks of undergrad!


  • Last exam ever (until grad school), including my last night studying for hours in the on-campus Starbucks
  • Two Nationals game (one with friends, one with co-workers)
  • Cinco de Mayo roof party
  • Washington Diplomat golf tournament (grilling, driving golf carts, delivering beers to ambassadors. You know, the usual)
  • Hours on the roof with friends and/or books!
  • A bajillion emails to potential GW Bites investors
  • Summer trip to Norway booked
Coming up:
  • Patio grilling (today!)
  • Last Arganica produce box AND $25 worth of random, awesome stuff
  • Mothers’ Day (how do I send flowers to Rwanda?!)
  • LivingSocial Adventure- Sunset Kayaking and Tequila Sunrises
  • Babysitting for my two favorite babies
  • Launch party for theStrEATS
  • GRADUATION- a whole weekend with family and friends :)
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