It’s Christmas Market Time!

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Is it really December already? It’s starting to get really cold here. We even had our first snowfall on the last day of November. I woke up, crawled out of bed, dragged myself to the window, opened the blinds, and behold! A winter wonderland 🙂 You can’t really tell in the photo, but the quarter-sized […]

Harder than it looks- Twinkle Light Parade

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When I signed up to be in in the Albuquerque Twinkle Light parade, I did not know that I would be making the float itself. The parade was December 9th, and we were told only two weeks prior that we had to decorate a float from scratch. Oh, by the way, I work at the […]

Countdown to Christmas

Now that I’ve finished my exams and we got a big snowfall over the weekend, it really is beginning to feel and look like Christmas here in Bergen! Last week was “dead week” for most people, so it was our chance to get out and explore how this rainy city gets into the holiday spirit! […]

Sunset at 3 pm

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Since we got back really late from seeing the Northern lights, we also slept in really late the next day. The sky was already getting darker as we left our hotel room in the early afternoon, and the weather was wet and murky, but there was one thing we still wanted to do–ride the cable […]

Thanksgiving in France

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I meant to write this right after Thanksgiving, but a stomach bug has put my daughter and I both out for a few days. As I hope most people know, Thanksgiving is only a holiday celebrated in North America… and by that, I mean in the United States and in Canada (though they celebrate it […]

Weekend in Porto

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Earlier this month, I decided to take a short two day trip with one of my classmates to Porto, located about 200 mi north of Lisbon. Since we don’t have class fridays, we figured we’d just make the trip for friday and saturday. To get there, we took a comboio, Portuguese for train, friday morning. […]

Thanksgiving in Austria

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Generally, Thanksgiving is an American holiday uniquely celebrated by Americans. You might be thinking, “well, obviously,” but I cannot count the times I’ve been asked, “How do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Lebanon?” or “Do you have a Thanksgiving break in Austria?” They don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Lebanon, and there is no Thanksgiving break in Austria […]