tirsdag 29. november 2011

As the nights are getting longer...

Now it`s starting to get some time since the last time I actually saw the Sun, Nybyen almost seem to get ready for hibernation. This might not just be because of no daylight, more to the fact that most people get closer to their exam. But I kind of like the darkness! This might have something to do with the fact that I`m not reading for any exams presently, knowing myself well enough to realize I would get quite depressed and demotivated reading while it`s completely dark outside. But now I truloy enjoy watching the stars and the snow covered mountains and the amazingly fresh winter air while walking to and from school! And of course it`s much easier to spot the Northern Lights when it`s properly dark! And now it`s getting closer to Christmas, so lights have been lit in town, the tree have been lit on the "marketplace", and Christmas stars are hanging in the windows!

Of course the darkness tend to make people stay abit more inside, but it`s just the perfect excuse to gather some friends to play a game, watch a movie, bake or make good food, or one of my favourites: Have a Whiskey-Tasting evening! (Btw, I´m kind of proud to say that 4 of the 9 bottles in the picture belong to me! It`s almost starting to become a habit of mine, being the perosn who bring the most flasks to the table, which I do take pride of! Even though it might be an expensive habit to keep up... But! The Penderyn was a gift from Owen, who brought it from Wales! Dangerous to get a new favourite that is hard to come by, gives me another good argument for visitting my friends in Wales one day!)

Oh, and someone got a brilliant idea: I think they`ve left the office for vacation or something, but noticed the picture of the polar bear teddy? There`s a HUGE polar bear teddy lying sleeping all over an office desk downtown! It`s brilliant! Can`t help but smile everytime I see it!

Anyways, I´ve been pretty busy in the lab, trying to learn the lab procedures I need to know for my thesis work, so I haven`t been outside too much. But since I´ve promised Owen to ski with him (simce spring 2010!), and he happened to come up again for a short, intensive course, we had to go skiin! Jone, who also stayed at Svalbard in spring 2010 and attended this intensive optics course, joined us aswell =D So off we went with headlamps (although the light pollution from town was almost enough) and student equipment-skiis (!) up to Longyearbreen! And the snow was just perfect! Amazing powder-conditions! We couldn`t have asked for better conditions, I´m really the snow was so good when I finally could try to keep my promise!

So I hope you enjoyed the ski-trip Owen! And thanks for joining Jone! We have to repeat it when you`re back again! :D

tirsdag 15. november 2011

Gratulera med dagen Svein Tore! =D

In honour of one of my oldest and closest friends: Happy Birthday Svein Tore! :D

I digged into the vaults of our past to find memories of times in madness and Svenniness!

I hope you have a spectacular Birthday! Let`s celebrate big when I get home!

Miss you a lot! <3

Love, Ida Helene :-)

søndag 13. november 2011


So, once again we managed to put together the Nybyen tradition of the Kitchen-to-kitchen party!

Quite a lot of people have been busy with term-projects and reports lately, so not every kitchen had a chance to participate (mine included apparently...)

But during the evening we visitted a star-wars kitchen, a autumn park with a lot of beautiful autumn leaves and a tree! Wonderland with the Red Queen and her card-soldiers and the Hatters Tea Party, a childrens birthday-party with gello and cup cakes, a Dick-in-a-box party, and Little Russia!

torsdag 10. november 2011

I knew I could lure Martin back to the Arctic^^

So I got a visitt from my good friend and old class mate from Unis,Martin :)

And of course during his visitt the weather was perfect the days I had a lot of lab work to do... But we anyway had a great time making a good-bye party for Kristin (read: Kristin made her own party, we just backed her up) in the middle of the week, and since I put my efforts in being a good cook, I think my busy week was forgiven ;)

And when the weekend came and I had time off, everything started melting...But! That didn`t stop us from going to Bjørndalen! :) walking along the an icy road in semi-darkness and a very Tim Burton-ish moonlight was actually a really nice hike :) The problem arised in Bjørndalen, when we crossed the tundra on wet ice! At least half our energy was spent on this last bit trying to make it over the valley without any broken bones! I´ve never been so happy to enter a cabin where friends greet you with tea and a already-going fire!

The next day we woke up with a lake (!) outside the cabin! The warm weather had continued, and the tundra was suddenly a wet, snow-slurpy marsh. I didn`t really expect being halfay carried away by the river in November, but it made for a very interesting effort of returning home!

So thanks for your visitt Martin! And thanks for all the fresh fruit! :D