Happy Canada Day... sort of! July 1st is Canada Day, but my parents decided to celebrate a day early. So we made it into a Canada Day / summer / moving in party, because it's the first party they've had since they moved into the new house. We had burgers, hot dogs and snacks, listened to music and went swimming. All in all, it was a super evening with lots of fun. Plus, it was nice to see my parents' friends again! ♥️
The weather in Canada is absolutely gorgeous!
I started the day off by going to the hairdresser... I really needed a change, and I'm super happy about the result! When I was finished, my mom picked me up and we went out for lunch. I had pizza and she had cauliflower soup. We also shared the most delicious spinach dip I have ever had, and drank pink frozen lemonades. Vacation mode: on!
When we had finished eating, we went shopping for summer clothes, and then we went home to relax by the pool. It is so good to be back in Canada with my family! ♥️We're having a summer party tomorrow, but today is all about relaxing. My dad made pineapple smoothies (which the dog also loved), and we're having the first family dinner in 11 months tonight.
It was nice to have a relaxing day, and I feel like I've already adjusted to the time change! Now, my brother, Fabian, and I are going to BestBuy. I forgot that they use different outlets for chargers and such in Canada, so I have to get a converter for my computer charger...
Hope you've all had a nice day,
I can't believe my dad and I actually pulled it off and managed to surprise my mom and brothers in Canada! We've been planning it for three months.
It took 18 hours to get there because of delays and late passengers on all the flights (Stavanger -> Oslo -> Paris -> Toronto), but my dad picked me up and we managed to surprise my mom just in time for my brothers' graduation.
Dress: sold out, similar HERE
It was really nice to be able to go to the graduation with my family! I didn't manage to get any pictures though, as we were sitting very far away from the stage..
After graduation, we went straight to McDonald's, haha! I hadn't eaten anything in over 24 hours because I slept like a freaking baby on all the flights, and my mom was craving fries. I also got to see the new house, which is absolutely beautiful. The kitchen and living room are my favourite rooms, + there are so many cool paintings throughout the house. I love it!
I'm going back to Norway Monday evening, so it's not a super long trip, but I have a lot that I want to get done while I'm here. I mostly want to spend time with my brothers and parents, of course, but I'm also going to see my best friend from high school that I haven't seen in THREE years!
The trip to Budapest! Seeing the university, learning a few phrases in Hungarian, trying different food, seeing the city and, of course, hanging out with my dad! My parents and brothers live in Canada, so I don't get to see them every day.. But it's okay, because it makes little trips like this one so much more fun! ♥️
I guess it wasn't really a let down, but House of Terror made me really uneasy... It's a memorial to the victims of the facist and communist regimes in the 20th century, and includes pictures of those who were detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building. When I thought about the history and the things that happened in the building, it seemed so unreal.. but it became very real when we went inside the museum and saw the pictures, videos, tools they used, the uniforms, paintings and prison cells.
I actually can't tell you what I've been thinking about all week, but I will tell you sometime next week, I promise. It's super exciting and I've been planning it for 3 months!!
aaaaaahhhhh... ICE CREAM!
I'm torn between these two... The first one because it was the first time I ever visited my school, and it turned out to be even better than expected, and the second one because Budapest is so freaking beautiful! I seriously cannot believe I'm going to be living here.
Want to eat some incredible food in Budapest? Of course you do! Then you should absolutely, 100% visit Pata Negra Pest. The food was unreal! + it is also very affordable.
I went to visit Renate and Amalie on Wednesday, and it turned out Jenny (one of my childhood friends) was coming to visit them on Friday! So we decided we would all go out and eat dinner! ♥️ We ordered so much food, and I don't even know what all of it was.. but it was great! We had meatballs, spinach in sause(?), cheese plate, potatoes with dressing, garlic shrimp, duck breast, goat cheese and so many other things.
...only 5 or 6 more weeks until I officially move to Budapest! I'll probably just end up living in the restaurant, haha!
Hello all my lovely readers! We are now on day 5 (Saturday) of our trip, and it has been incredible!
Wednesday: We started the day by going on a 3 hour long segway tour. We got to see the Buda Castle, the Basilica, the Parliament, the Danube river memorial, the Fisherman's Bastion, downtown on the Pest side, the Jewish Quarter (which has 800 bars btw), one of the outdoor baths, and so much more! Our guide was super nice, and we could not have been more lucky with the weather. It was also very hot (32C) during out tour so it was nice to get the little breeze that you get while on the segway.
After the tour, we relaxed by the Hard Rock Cafe, did some shopping, and went to the street food Karavan to get some dinner. I had the spaghetti carbonara and my dad had mini hot dogs. It was very good and there was so much food! After dinner, my dad went to watch soccer on the big screen in one of the bars, and I went to hang out with a couple of my friends, Renate and Amalie. Renate is a 5th year vet student at UVMB, and Amalie is a second year psychology student. Renate came to work at the same clinic where I work for a couple of weeks last year, so it was really nice to see her again. We watched a movie, talked about school and just relaxed.
Thursday: Thursday was also great, but I barely touched my camera. I only have two pictures from Thursday.. We started the day by relaxing and not doing anything. We walked around downtown, checked out some stores, and then we went to a sky bar. Unfortunately I have no idea which one, because when I googled it I found out that there are quite a few of them!
In the evening, we went to a cute Hungarian / Italian place to get a couple of drinks and watch soccer before dinner. We had dinner at the Costes Downtown, which is the first Michelin starred restaurant I have ever been to. The food was very good!
I will probably be posting about Friday tonight or tomorrow, and then about the rest of my trip when I get back to Norway. It has been an awesome trip so far, and I'm already super excited to move here! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or recommendations of what to do in Budapest!
Good evening! We have officially survived the first day of our trip to Budapest!
We started the day off by eating breakfast at 5 in the morning, before going to the airport. It felt like it took FOREVER to get to Budapest, because I could not get myself to fall asleep on the airplane. However, once we got there I was super excited to start exploring!
One thing that surprised me, was how beautiful the hotel was! It looked so small from the outside, and the entrance was very mediocre, but it was huge once we stepped inside. Everything bright and white, 7 floors, glass elevators, funky furniture and the whole shebang. The people were also super nice! We relaxed for about an hour before we went to get a tour of the school.
...to be honest, I was so blown away by the school that I only managed to get one photo. ONE. I will, however, be going back to take more pictures and videos. I was mostly focusing on what the tour lady was saying, and I didn't want to be rude by ignoring her so that I could take pictures. For those of you who don't want to wait for me to post pictures/videos, feel free to check out the school's official virtual tour HERE.
After the school tour, we went to see my new apartment! 🤩It's a 7 minute walk from the school, with guards 24/7, a cute little balcony, shared rooftop terrace and it's already fully furnished! Then, we decided to do some exploring. I honestly couldn't tell you where we went though, because it was a mix of following google maps, getting distracted by cool things, and then turning around because we realised we were going in circles... I can, however, tell you what we saw!
First, my dad managed to find an antique watch store, which was awesome. There were so many cool watches! After about 30 minutes in the store, we decided to explore some of the smaller streets instead of just going to all the touristy places. And let me tell you, we found this awesome place with about 15 (?) little food trucks. They served everything from desserts, to 100% vegan, nachos, hotdogs, salads, and much more. It would be impossible to not find anything you like there.
After we checked out a few other places, we noticed a huge ferris wheel called Budapest Eye. And who can resist going on a big ferris wheel? At least not me... The view was absolutely beautiful, and it was also perfect timing to see the sunset!
To put it shortly, I'm loving Budapest and everything about the city so far. Tomorrow will also be exciting, and I'm really looking forward to being a super-tourist on the segway tour, haha! That's all for today. Now I really need to get some sleep! Hope you all had a great day.
Today was great. Slightly stressful, but mostly great. I started the day off by packing the rest of the clothes I'm bringing to Budapest, and eating breakfast with my dad and two of his friends. Then, I went home to walk my dog before the dog sitter came to take over. I also spent some time with my boyfriend before my dad and I went out for sushi. OH, and the new camera and jacket I ordered came just in time for the Budapest trip (you can get the jacket at 70% off HERE), so you can expect a lot of pictures and videos over the next few days!
The plane takes off at 06.30 tomorrow morning, so we decided to stay at the airport hotel. This is also where the stressful part happened... As soon as my grandfather dropped us off at the airport and drove away, I realised that I had forgotten my passport in the glove compartment. I called about 7 times, but he had forgotten his phone at home.
Lucky for me, my grandparents don't live too far from the airport, and my grandmother picked up the phone and said she would send him back.
All in all, it was a good day. I have to get up at 04.30 tomorrow, so that's all for today!
At this time in two days, my dad and I will be in Budapest! How freaking exciting is that!?! I'm counting down the hours, and I cannot wait to explore the city I'm going to be living in for the next few years.
As of right now, we don't have a lot of things planned. We are, however, planning on being mega tourists... When we land on Tuesday morning, we'll have about 1.5 hours to get our stuff to the hotel before the school tour starts at around 13.00/13.30. After the tour, we are going to check out my favourite apartment! It's a 7 minute walk from the University, 15-20 minutes from a huge park, and 10 minutes from one of my friends that I'll be studying with. In other words, it's perfect. I just hope it's at least somewhat similar to what I'm expecting!
On Wednesday, we are going on a 3 hour long segway tour around Budapest during the day, and then we're going on a river cruise in the evening. I'm not moving until August so I feel like I'm allowed to play tourist until then...
We don't really have any other plans for the rest of the trip, we just have sort of an idea of what we want to do. I want to see the Buda Castle, ride the funicular, see (try?) at least one of the huge outdoor baths, see the Buda Castle Labyrinths, and pretty much everything in the video I've posted below. I also want to find a good sushi place. Sushi is my favourite food, so it's important to find good sushi places!
I'll make sure to take lots of pictures and videos so that I can share my trip with you!
See you soon,
LAST UPDATED: October 23rd, 2019
Hi, I'm Ine! I'm a 22 year old girl from Norway. Bryne, to be specific.. It's a cute little city outside of Stavanger, with a population of approximately 15000 people. It's not huge, but I love it. I lived here for my entire childhood, until my family and I moved to Canada when I was 13 years old (2010). We started out in Woodbridge, ON, but moved to Burlington in 2012. My parents and brothers still live there, but I moved to Bolivia shortly after graduating high school in 2015.
Unfortunately, since illegal animal trafficking is a big problem in South America, I had quite a few babies to take care of throughout my 6 months at the centre. However, on the bright side, it was amazing to see them grow up and become independent, and become a part of the pack of adult monkeys that were already there.
When I was finished working in Bolivia, I went to Belize for 2 months, Costa Rica for 1 week (vacation), and Vancouver, Canada, for 1 month. I worked with manatees, monkeys, dogs, bears, and raccoons at different animal rescue centres until March, 2016.
One month later, I moved to Denmark to study veterinary nursing, at HANSENBERG. I didn't feel confident that I would be accepted to veterinary school, so I decided veterinary nursing would be a great way to get some experience, both practical and theoretical, until I felt confident enough to apply to the school in Budapest.
I ended up completing 2 years, out of the 3,5 year program, and I absolutely loved it. I gained a lot of experience, both theoretical and practical/clinical, I made great friends, and I was also forced out of my comfort zone several times, which I'm very happy about. I also bought my dog, Baltus, while in school, which probably would not have happened had I not moved to Denmark.
In November, 2017, I decided that I would finally apply to the University of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest. If the worst thing that could happen would be not getting accepted to school, then I really had nothing to lose. I would simply accept it and try again next year.
I started studying, and getting my application together. On March 2nd, 2018, I traveled to Oslo with my dad. We went shopping, ate sushi, and finished preparing for the test. The next day, March 3rd, was the day of the test. There was a lot of waiting, the test was hard, and the interview was scary, but it was actually less nerve wrecking than I had expected. The interview was definitely the scariest part, but I'll talk more about that another time...
The professor looked at me, when my interview was finished, and handed me a letter. The letter said
I hereby notify you that you have been admitted to the English-language program of the 2018/19 Academic Year to the University of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest.",
along with payment information and my student number.
Now I can finally relax! ...and CELEBRATE!
So there you have it; everything that has brought me here. I'm now in 2nd year and I absolutely love it. It's tough and it's not for everyone, but I'm so happy to be where I am.
See you soon,
Who am I?
Hi, I'm Ine! I'm 23 years old, from Norway, and I currently live in Budapest, Hungary, with my dogs, Baltus and Phoebe. I've wanted to become a veterinarian for as long as I can remember, and I'm currently studying at UNIVET.