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Arriving Canada

Alright, time to update! I have now been in Canada and Calgary for almost three weeks. I am soooo happy to be here! After being away from your boyfriend for half a year it is amazing to finally get together again. I think anyone would understand that.

I had a long, long trip.. My sister picked me up to drive me to the airport, and we left home at around 15 o'clock Wednesday 29th (on my best friends birthday!). Just as we were gonna leave, my dad called me from work (he works offshore) to wish me a good trip and all that. Then he asked: are you guys gonna stop by an electronic store?
Quite puzzled over that weird question just as I'm going to leave I just answered "uhm nooo?"
Then he said he wanted to give me a birthday/travel gift, so he wanted me to stop by a store where they sell mini iPads!
Wow! I was totally not expecting that! A really, really nice surprise!

Gunnhild (my sister) and I stopped in Knarvik so that I could see Marie and wish her happy birthday, and also to give a phone back to Lena that I had borrowed. I said my goodbyes and we drove towards the airport. After deciding that we had enough time, we went to Lefdal and I bought a mini iPad. Really great to have when you are travelling. It was also a good thing to have and to figure out while waiting in an airport. I had some fun with taking pictures with the iPad at the airplane from Norway to London...

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I arrived London Gatwick, no problem. The airplane even landed earlier than it was supposed to. At any other time I would be happy about that, but not this time, seeing I had sooo many hours to wait at the airport! Oh well...
At Gatwick I bought some food and then I found a place to sit and relax for the next few hours. I put on my music on my mp3 player and after a little while my headphones broke! Pretty brutal! I could still use them, but only one plug would work properly, the other one had this really annoying grinding sound.

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After about 9 hours in that now not so comfortable chair anymore (I did get some hours of sleep), I could finally go to check in and get rid of my luggage. I got some more hours to kill... Finally, after now just about 13 hours at Gatwick airport, I got on the airplane and went on my way to the Great White North! It was now 9 in the morning and I had been on the go for 18 hours already!

I had a really nice lady next to me on the airplane and we had some good conversations. That (and some Big Bang Theory) helped to make those nine hours in the air pass by quicker!

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When I finally arrived Canada and Calgary I only had a couple of potential obstacles left before I was done! I had to go through passport control and immigration control, and I could also risk that they wanted to go through everything I had brought and so on. I arrived around 11 in the morning, Canadian time (19 Norwegian time). I had told Matt that he could be there for 12.30, in case everything would take a lot of time (getting out of the airplane, passport control, getting the luggage etc.) Everything went smoothly and I had no problems at all. At the immigration control they asked me some questions and I got my work permit and I was done. No massive lineups or anything. I was out and done in about half an hour!

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So now I had to wait for an hour before Matt was there! Thanks to my new iPad the time went by pretty quickly, but the last half hour I was constantly looking around me to see if Matt was there. All of a sudden he showed up and I was really happy to see him! I even shed some happy tears, that hardly ever happens! We made our way to the car, and he had a little surprise for me :p

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When we finally got home to where he lives, at his parents place, I had been travelling for about 30 hours in total. It was a long trip but it still passed by quickly. It was nice seeing everyone again, and also to finally be with Matt, knowing that we won't be apart again for a long time!
I was supposed to be staying with some friends who live close by, because it did not fit to stay at Matts parents, but things changed and I could stay there after all. So I have been here the whole time. Just like last time we are not sharing bedrooms, I'm staying in the guest bedroom. Gotta respect the house rules! I'm just happy I'm here and appreciate their hospitality!

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First dinner in Canada after arrival

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Two happy faces, relieved that the waiting is over!

Skrevet av IvyVonDark 15:35 Arkivert i Norge Tagged travel airplane Kommentarer (4)

The day has finally come!

Today is the day where I start my travels to a big and white country

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I am all packed (after A LOT of sorting out with clothes and stuff) and just about ready to go. I think and hope that all my papers are in order. I'm just gonna update this blog and then I'm leaving to go to the airport. I will be on the move for many, many hours! If my calculations are right I will be travelling for about 30 hours before I arrive where I'm gonna be staying in Calgary! 30 hours is a long time to travel! But I'll manage ;)

Last night I had the last Skype conversation with my boyfriend for a very long time! So that's awesome, because from now on we can talk in person!

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It's been half a years since last time I saw him, and almost a year since we lived in the same country! I am looking forward to finally get there!

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This is ALL I'm bringing! All my luggage and I'm moving away for a year!

Well I gotta go!
Talk to ya later!

Skrevet av IvyVonDark 02:17 Arkivert i Norge Tagged leaving luggage Kommentarer (1)

I have some lovely friends

Party - party - party!!

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I decided that since I am now moving away for a year, a going-away-party was an absolute must!
I invited all my good friends that lives close and had my party on Sunday 19th of May (chose a Sunday cuz the next day was a public holiday, and it was also the only time I had the chance).
I had my last day at work, finishing at 15.30, then went home to tidy a bit and get ready. Marie (my room mate) helped me out alot, and Jo-Remi (her boyfriend) also helped out loads, plus he started a BBQ. The weather was sooo frikkin' nice! Probably around 30 °C!

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Marie and me
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I think everyone had a good time. Some of them even made new friends.
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We had to take a group photo with everyone! Almost everyone I invited came, so it was great.
When it matters, they are there! :D
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We had some fun taking pictures!
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My glass with a blinking, blue light in the bottom was a big hit with everyone! Haha...
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I am posing with my good friend Abe!
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I am going to make a scrap book album from my trip, and I dedicated two pages where everyone could
scribble, draw and write whatever they wanted. I got lots of good stuff out of that!
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Thanks everyone, for making my leaving party a very good memory! I had a great time for sure!
I hope all of you had a good time too!

Skrevet av IvyVonDark 04:09 Arkivert i Norge Tagged party leaving Kommentarer (0)

The waiting is over

Finally some progress!

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I have FINALLY booked my tickets to move to Canada!! I have waited for a month now to get the 'thumbs up' so that I could book my tickets, and on May 17th I finally got it! Had some small problems with the booking, but the tickets were in order the day after.
I am actually moving! It feels so crazy that I'm gonna move to Canada and be there for a whole year, but it also feels soooo good that I'm gonna be in the arms of Matt (my boyfriend) in no time!

I am leaving in just over a week, so it's pretty soon.
I got my tickets fairly cheap.. NOK 368,- Norway - London and NOK 3464,- London-Calgary. So all together that is NOK 3832,- or in dollars $666
I fly out from Norway on Wednesday 29 May at 19:00.
It is actually on my best friends' 25th birthday!! (Sorry! I will make it up to you before I go tho :D )
The flight to London is two hours, so I land there at 20:00 English time. I will then have to spend the night at the airport before I get on the airplane that flies to Calgary Thursday 30 May at 09:00.
I then have just over 9 hours to party on the airplane before I land in Calgary. I am not sure what I have to go through on the airport before I'm allowed to get my work permit and everything I need. I read something about having to go through one or two interviews and giving them a list of everything I am bringing (apparently I have to write it down)... Well I guess it's gonna be suuuper exciting -.- Haha.. well as long as everything goes well I'll be happy. When I am done I will find one happy boyfriend waiting for me as I come out! I can't wait to see him again!! It's been half a year since I saw him last! That's a long, long time.

I leave in only eight days, people! I am really looking forward to this!

Skrevet av IvyVonDark 14:27 Arkivert i Norge Tagged ticket Kommentarer (0)

Guess what!

It's awesome!

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Straigh to the case!
I got my visa! I am moving to Canada!

I am now starting a new blog about my journey to Canada. Last time I wrote about my time living in England. Now - New journey, new blog =)

So...
After a bit of trouble actually getting to the point where I could send my visa application, I finally got it sent on (no it's not a joke) April 1st.
I read that it was supposed to take about 40 days but on April 19th I recieved a letter:

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I got my visa!!
It's good for one year and I am so excited to go there!

The reason why I'm moving to Canada is that when I was living in England I met this guy.. He was really wicked - and now our two year anniversary is coming up soon! I found myself a Canadian boyfriend :D

Well.. I'm starting up this blog now and every now and then there will be a new update from me.

Stay tuned - subscribe on my blog ;)

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Skrevet av IvyVonDark 10:51 Arkivert i Norge Tagged avreise før Kommentarer (0)

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