norway, theatre, uk

On Thursday the 1st February I went home to Norway again, though only for two days; I returned yesterday, 4th February. Thursday was nightmare-ish, with my flight from Manchester being delayed three times (luckily they changed their mind the third time and went back to the previous delayed departure time), but against all odds I managed to catch my original flight from Oslo to Værnes! At one point I didn't think I was gonna make it home that day at all.

Friday I attended the Spelet Om Heilag Olav concert in Levanger Church (one of two reasons I went home this week-end). It was stunning, and as per usual there were quite a few tears (more like rivers, really) running down my face. Well worth it!

Saturday was audition day for - yes - Spelet om Heilag Olav ("The Saint Olav Drama"). I went to Verdal just before 12am and the auditions lasted to approximately 2pm. Could have gone better, but hey. Me and my dad (who was my driver, I didn't want to drive on the icy roads, haha) went to see his brother afterwards, which was nice.

Two days isn't a lot at all, and yesterday - Sunday - I took the train from Verdal 11.52am to the airport. The flights were quite pleasant, I managed to sleep almost all the way to Copenhagen, had some food and beer (the Liverpool - Tottenham match was on) at the airport there, and then a nice flight over to Manchester. From there I thought I was gonna have a relaxing train journey to Lime Street Station, but no. I had to change trains THREE times, first at Manchester Piccadilly, then at Oxford Road, then finally at Hunts Cross. From Hunts Cross the train took me to Liverpool Central, which made the walk home slightly longer, but fortunately the weather was nice.

Now it's full speed ahead until I finish my course!

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I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel! By the time the next Study Week is over (after which the next break is going to be Spring Break) I will be feeling the end of University coming closer. Happy? Yes. A little sad? Yes. But as of right now, there are seven assignments still left to do, and although four of the remaining thirteen weeks before the assessment period are actually going to be spent without any lectures at all, I am going to have to work hard to get my final grades up to where I want them. Tomorrow is my second Musical Theatre class.

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So I got back to Liverpool Sunday evening, pretty much right before midnight I think. Long day, my plane from Trondheim Airport Værnes left at 14.45, went via Kastrup (Copenhagen), where I had to wait for three hours until my flight over to Manchester. Both flights went fine, not much turbulence on either of them, so I was happy about that.

Yesterday level 6 History had a Welcome Back talk at the university, and then in the evening (after doing some grocery shopping) I went for my first Musical Theatre class at the Merseyside Academy of Drama (MAD).

I wasn't able to be there for the first two sessions, because obviously I was in Norway, but luckily they've only been doing two pieces, and those are ensemble pieces: Pure Imagination from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a medley from Mamma Mia. Fortunately I know Mamma Mia well, and the new song was Nobody's Side from my hands down favourite musical, Chess. Threw my hand up (literally) to do one of the verses solo, so that's gonna be exciting.

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Yesterday afternoon me and my oldest brother, Åsmund, went to Trondheim to watch a monologue called "Rotsekk", starring Ole Christian Gullvåg. The tickets were a Christmas present to us from our parents. "Rotsekk" is a touring piece put on by Turnéteatret (The Touring Theatre). It's coming to our hometown later, but as I'm going back to Liverpool on Sunday I had to see it in Trondheim instead. It was a very enjoyable piece about what it's like to be a football supporter. Recommended by me to both football fans and "regular" people alike!

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Yesterday me and my dad went to Namsos to see my horse, Electra. I rode her for a little bit in the indoor arena, and she felt very good. Looking forward to seeing her again in April, she's doing so well where she is now.

My favourite view!

Picture courtesy of my dad. Just realising I might be slightly too long for her. Also my stirrups are too short for the dressage saddle, but I hate riding with really long ones so...

It proves difficult/impossible every time to take a selfie with horses, but this turned out okay.

Me and my jockey helmet from my time at the racecourse (2013-2015...), it's saved my head quite a few times, so I should invest in a new one when I come back this spring. Cheap insurance!

Gonna miss Electra a lot while I'm away, but this semester is going to be packed with deadlines, showcases etc etc so hopefully it won't feel like three months.

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