It's Sunday, and that means it's my last (whole) day in Canada... It has been a short trip, but I got to spend time with my family, see the new house, go swimming, go shopping, and today I also got to see Meena in Kitchener! Meena is my best friend from High School, and I've known him for 6 years.
We went out for sushi to catch up and relax, but also because we both refused to be outside in the INSANE summer weather. It was 32C outside today, but it was so humid it felt more like 40C... The sushi was great, though, and it was really nice to be able to sit down and catch up!
We decided to go to the Butterfly Conservatory in Campbell, once we had finished eating. I saw a butterfly sign on my way to Kitchener and decided we had to go!
The butterflies were beautiful! The conservatory little birds, many different butterflies, a hatching (is it called hatching?) area for butterflies, lots of flowers, and it also had a museum of different bugs and information about them!
I'm back home with my family now, and we're going to have our last family dinner before I go back to Norway tomorrow.
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!
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!
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,
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.