Gratulerer med dagen! 🥳 Happy birthday! 🥳
Yesterday was the Norwegian constitution day, which means good food, spending time with people you love, and lots of champagne.
After a few hours, a few people went to the ANSA (association for Norwegians studying abroad) party, and Hege, Fredrik, Sarah, Vilde and I took the bus downtown and went to Iguana to eat dinner.
All in all it was a super fun day! I cannot say it enough how glad I am to have met the people I go to school with here, both Norwegian and from other countries. This was the first of hopefully many celebrations and days we'll spend together, and I'm super excited to make more memories ♥
Yesterday, right after I got off the plane in Norway, I got a message on instagram. It was from Kine, a girl I had met at the international veterinary seminar in Budapest in March, and she asked me if I wanted to help out with lambing at a farm. How freaking cool is that? I've ALWAYS wanted to help out during lambing season, but I never knew where to go or who to contact.. So I got super excited when she invited me to help out!
I got to milk some of the sheep and feed the lambs that had trouble drinking on their own, got to play with the lambs, helped with getting the sheep and their lambs onto the transport truck, kept the sheep in place as my Kine pulled the lambs out, and got to observe everything that has to do with lambing. I had so much fun, and I hope I get to do it again next year! ♥
Aaaaah, I'm finally going home!! I haven't been home since November, and I cannot freaking wait! So far, I don't have a lot of plans, but it'll be nice to just relax, not think about school for once, be with family, and visit my friends. ♥
What are your plans for the easter holiday?
This Saturday was spent doing nothing but relax, at the beautiful Margit Island... and it was amazing. We got a group of people together, brought blankets, snacks, speakers, drinks, and dogs, and just hung out all day. I haven't been this relaxed for several weeks, so it was really nice to just hang out and talk all day.
I'm still in relax mode, and I plan on doing absolutely nothing for the rest of the weekend, so I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. ;)
Do you ever get in this mood, where you know you have things that need to be done, but you'd rather do ANYTHING else? Well that's how I feel right now.. or.. this week. Any tips on how to make this feeling go away? Because I really don't have time for it.
Exam season is approaching waaaaay too fast, and I'm still not done with all of my exam prep. documents. +++ I have an essay due this month on extreme dog breeding and its effects on animal welfare, I have a biomath test and anatomy midterm on Wednesday, and a chemistry midterm in less that two weeks. Yay!
It's okay, though, because it will pass, eventually. I just need to relax, stop complaining about everything and just get things done! Also I would really appreciate any tips on how to study for exams. What I'm doing right now is working, but I'm always open to see if I can improve or do something better!
Thanks in advance! ♥
Aaaaahh! This has been such an amazing week, I'm so sad that it's over already! :(
I've made lots of new friends, become closer with people I already knew, made it all the way to the 2250m above sea level mark (and down in one piece haha), partied, relaxed, danced, and so much more. Veterinary medicine is a really tough and stressful education, so I think it's super important to take a mental break every once in a while and do something for yourself! This was an amazing way to do just that, and I'm already excited to see where we're going next year.
Day one was incredible! I started the day with my roomates, but they are all amazing skiers and snowboarders, so I'll probably go with another group until I get more comfortable and confident..
They were all super patient though, which I really appreciated! I fell maybe 23 seconds (?) after getting off the ski lift, and I was helped right away, haha! I then fell face first down the first hill, once on my ass a few minutes later, and then another face-plant in the middle of the last hill... Well... There might have been a few other times, but those are the ones I'm willing to admit. 😉
Now my legs feel like jello, and I'm so ready for dinner! ♥
I'm so excited to start the day! Sophie, Victoria, Ruaidhri, Fredrik and I are all sharing a cabin, and we're finally ready to enjoy some time away from vet school...
I think we've all gotten so used to apartment buildings and pavement, that we all had a mini freak out when we woke up and saw snow AND trees! Hahah.. I could get used to this!
... Chamrousse, France! 🤩
We left Budapest last night, and just arrived in Chamrousse. It took us 21.5 hours to get there because of all the stops along the way, but we are finally settling in! We'll be here for a week, so stay tuned for lots of pictures.
AAAHHH, where do I even begin?? Hi, hello, I'm sorry I went MIA... But here I am!
The past two months have been more than just a little hectic, but also so much fun! I have a lot to tell you, but right now I have something really excited to share with you all...
...this is Phoebe!
Phoebe and her family (mother, two brothers and her sister) were abandoned because the owner of their mother didn't want the responsibility of raising puppies, nor did they want to pay for the mother to get spayed...
One day, I was going through the instagram page of a Hungarian animal shelter called FAPF (which is the most risky thing you can do as a dog lover...). As I'm going through pictures, I noticed they had added something to their story. It was a picture of Phoebe, and when I saw her, I just fell in love.
I don't know what came over me, but I emailed them right away and said that I wanted to foster her until she could find a forever home. She arrived two days later (Sept. 7th), at 3-ish months old, and I guess everyone knew within 10 seconds that she wasn't going anywhere...
At first, everything was scary. If Baltus walked towards her a little too fast, she would scream and wet herself. The doorbell was awful, people were huge and scary, toys were too loud, the food- and water bowls were intimidating, and other dogs seemed to be the scariest of all.
...but luckily she became tough and confident very quickly, thanks to my amazing friends who have helped babysit, socialise her with their dogs, played with her, and especially thanks to Baltus who has been be best big brother ever! They love each other ♥
After about a month, I finally adopted her! She and Baltus are best friends, she's sweet, funny, smart, super weird, and just fits perfectly in our little family. There's really no way we could ever give her back.
Phoebe is now 5 or 6 months old (ish), and she has gone from being an insecure, scared little baby, to becoming the toughest little ball of fluff I have ever seen. Trains, no problem, buses, no problem, coming with me to class with 100 people, no problem, other dogs, no problem. She's wonderful, and I'm so happy that I sent that email!
FAPF is an amazing organisation, and I'm forever grateful that they let me adopt her ♥
Welcome to the family, Phoebe! ♥
Who am I?
Hi, I'm Ine! I'm 22 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 a 2nd year vet student at UNIVET. I'll mainly be writing about my experience as a veterinary student in Budapest, but also about my day to day life and my experience of life in Budapest.