My computer is broken so I won't be on skype for a while. It was being very slow ("treg") for about a week and now the keyboard doesn't work so I took it in to the local mac store (eplehuset). They are not authorized mac repair people so they have to mail my computer to Trondheim or Oslo.
The loss of my computer is both good and bad: I gain a little free time, but I lose a personal computer to type my essays on, so I will be handwriting and typing at school I think.
Apart from the loss of my favorite way to waste time, I had a really nice walk in town today. The forecast proved accurate and it is beautiful sunny and blue out. I ran errands and sat in the library drinking Solo. I had planned on studying, but I found a Nemi comic book at my seat, so I read that and when the library closed at four, I walked home.
it's easy to forget about pending essays when you're floating through the trees on two feet of new powder. i have this great tiredness in my body now -from doing something physical outside in the cold- the best kind of tired, i think. charlotte and i were very lucky to come home to dinner on the table, some spicy pasta jago cooked up. i shared my flatbrød, not as good as besta's but pretty good nonetheless.
it's been a full day, although not of schoolwork, which it should have been... however, i had a good talk with a friend, real breakfast, good cheap chocolate, snow down my shirt in my hat, and a warm white bed.
i'm glad i carted my snowboard over the atlantic. these past few days i've been regretting it, but after today i've lost all doubts. it's a foreign thought now. even if i don't set foot on my board until next season, today on the mainland was completely worth dragging that awkward giant gear bag through tiny train doors, heaving it onto carts and wedging it into small cars.
it's been snowing all week, and the forecast predicts more of the same. now i have a reward to look forward to when i get my essays done (!).
i woke up this morning feeling better and not so sorry for myself. i took a shower, grabbed my skis and walked to the store because i figured i had just enough money in my alaska checking account for some bread and pasta.
i skied to school and after class sat in the sunny library and concentrated on just being happy and productive. i came home and cleaned my room to loud music in my headphones, putting lots of good energy into my little home which had been transformed into a sourpuss cave the past two days.
i don't know when my visa kort is going to come, i received a PIN from the bank and discovered they have an incomplete address, without my room number.
i have a long day of classes tomorrow but hopefully i'll gain some insight on where to go with my essays for these subjects.
guro is off touring se asia, and i'm very happy for her!! it's hard to be jealous when i'm surrounded by sunny icy tromsø, but if it starts raining i'll probably start longing for a beach.
i can't believe it's already the middle of april! summer will be here before i know it. i'm looking forward to seeing halvor, and also to coming home to alaska and starting my "northern studies" program. i miss my breadmaker!
I registered for classes today :) Eskimo-aleut, Native Cultures of Alaska, Yoga, Political Economy, Geography of Alaska, and Natural History of Alaska.
I just got back from a delicious moose, glass noodle and fry bread dinner at Ørndalen tonight. Janna was a great hostess and I had a great ski there with Charlotte and Jago.
The ski back was almost twice as fast as the ski there, mostly downhill, and completely dark. Skiing down a slope with black flat light and no idea where the trail curves feels like flying. Wonderful!
Tomorrow, school is kicking into gear. I have my first of the constant stream of exams being assigned tomorrow and I'm also meeting Janna and Charlotte at noon for a climb, so I need to get to bed so I have the energy to ski to the uni.