Staycation with the [Extended] Family

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  stuff [sightseeing is not terribly interesting to 13 and 15 year olds, apparently!]. The highlight of seeing them is always just hanging out, catching up, and acting like kids, so we wanted to focus on that.

Took them to Cracker Barrel for the first time

Spent the day at pool having raft races & attempting to stand up on our rafts

Enjoyed a mocha coconut Starbucks frappuccino

Had a cook out with several of our close friends

Went back to the pool for boys vs girls pool volleyball

Ate brunch at Flying Biscuit, where we may or may not have filled a glass of water with all the condiments on our table and then dared each other to drink it [we’re a very mature family]

Got ice cream at Yummy Monkey [coffee & rocky road]

Roller skated at Wheels in Durham to Call Me Maybe and Justin Bieber

Ate pork nachos and chicken tacos at Raleigh Times

Spun in our office chairs to make ourselves dizzy

Ate a Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s [my strawberry banana smoothie was delicious]

Spent the day at Frankie’s Fun Park on the bumper boats, playing laser tag, and doing go-karts

Saw TED at the North Hills movie theatre

Ate brunch at NOFO & explored the cute market

Ate more Yummy Monkey ice cream [mint chocolate chip & coffee]

Unfortunately, they had to leave on Wednesday evening. It was so sad saying goodbye, as it always is.

Love you, Norway fam 🙂 


last day in norway

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.


beautiful dilapidation

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.

missing norway

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 Norwegian 🙂

Hikes, cable car rides, and train rides up beautiful mountains with incredible views

SingStar (singing competition video game)

Endless movies on the couch during rainy days

Sleeping in till 11am (and maybe 12pm once or twice!)

Bread with butter, cheese, salami, and cucumber every morning

Being detached from my phone for 10 days

And so much more!

to the top of the mountain

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!

in just one day, i will be here….


then here….


then finally, here!

 rubens skattkommer (my uncle’s toy store in bergen)



anddd…you will get to see it all from the lens of my brand spankin’ new nikon d3100 aka my first “big kid” slr camera

recap: last week of undergrad

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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