Cafélife

I’ve been stuck at this café at Gardermoen for 3 hours now..
I can’t even buy anything because I’m too scared of anything being stolen..
Some woman is screaming “please don’t leave any luggage unattended” over the speakers every 15 minutes ( ;´Д`)

btw… 3 1/2 hours to take-off!! :DD

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Goodmorning bright sky!

I’ve just eaten a really good breakfast, almost completely alone in the dining area.
Just now I’m kind of rearranging my bags, and making sure I’ve got everything!

My eyes were in pain, but the weather that met me when I removed the curtains sure set my good mood ^^

Thankfully I’ve got more than enough space in my bags for the stuff I bought in Germany!

A selection from my German shopping..

It seems I’ll have to be out of my room before 12:00 a.m. so then I’ll see if I can find a café at the airport or something, hopefully with internet as there are still many hours before the others get there.. but good things come to those who wait!!
9 hours to take-off :D

Gardermoen Airport Hotel

Now I’m all alone in my hotel room, and I’m soon going to try and get some sleep..

2 beds just for me?? ^^

Kini and her mother drove me from the haven and to the hotel, but they will stay with Kini’s uncle, so now my only company is mr. computer.
Originally I thought I were going to stay with some of the other students, but it turned out that I was the only one who needed it, since we won’t have to meet at the airport before 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. *sadface*

I had to get some food some hours ago, but the only food available at the hotel this late was a beef burger sandwich.. but it was really good, and I’m satisfied, so I won’t complain!

Edit: Now it’s 00:08, fast asleep… tomorrow’s the day. So exited! :O

Germany

On Friday (we took our bags, marched into the buses and began on a 26 hour long trip to Germany. (I still think in German while I write this)
We drove to Oslo, took the ferry over to Denmark, and then the bus down south to Plön, a little town between Kiel and Hamburg. Our orchestra held two concerts, one in a festival, and one in a large park called “Planten und Blumen” (plants and flowers) in Hamburg.

We also took the time to watch the famous waterorgan in Planten und Blumen play before we turned our noses back home

We had one day for shopping in Hamburg, where Kini and I spent most of the time in Urban Outfitters ^-^

But the most important part of the trip was of course the social part, and the total amount of sleeping hours wasn’t anywhere close to what’s recommended. I haven’t laughed so much in so few hours ever I think! :P

Now I’ve arrived at the hotel. I’ll make a post after I’ve eaten supper!

Why amazon.com and I are getting married, and you should brush your teeth!

Before we’re leaving for Japan, one of the things I’ve done is to make a list of things I’ll have to buy before I leave, and of things that I won’t buy at all before I get to Japan.

Why this? Well, the list of things I’ll buy before I go to Japan is vastly inferior to the list of thing I will buy there, or at least look for. The reason: everything in Japan is generally more awesome. That’s it. Indisputable fact.

If I could, I wouldn’t buy anything at all before we leave, but sadly there were some things I just had to purchase, either because I need them before we get there, or because I could save money that way (which I can spend on other stuff in Japan), without sacrificing awesomeness (mainly because I would’ve bought some very similar product in Japan, but probably to a higher price, and it’s kind of boring stuff so whatever).

And that is, hopefully explaining the title, what I and Amazon.com discussed, and finally came to an agreement about (over a cup of tea) yesterday (two days ago, but I wrote this yesterday, which kind of is today for me.. blah).

First of all, I had to get an external hard drive. And I really, really had to.
Actually I’ve needed one for a long time, because my pc is full already with pictures, films and anime (I have to delete stuff in a prioritized order all the time, and it breaks my heart -.-), but more important is that even if my hard drive was totally empty before I left, I probably wouldn’t have had enough space for all the pictures and video I’m going to shoot either way (yes my hard drive isn’t especially large..), so I really had to buy one, and this had a REALLY large discount on amazon!
Now I can also archive all the anime and manga I want to, having it available to all times for any extreme occasion (or non-extreme, one should always carry around some anime or manga in case of boredom and sparetime, so one’s sure do to something meaningful all the time -w-).

This is what I bought:
A Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (… when I only get a computer with usb 3.0 *drooling*)
Price tag: $139.99

The next thing I had to buy was something to make sure my electrical stuff will work as soon as I get to Japan.
And here’s some practical info (hopefully) about Japan and their electricity-stuff:
The voltage is 100V~110V, unlike here in Norway where we have 230V, and the frequency of the electric current is 60Hz on the west coast, as opposed to norway where it’s 50Hz, but luckily the east coast, including Tokyo, use 50Hz. BUT(!!); this however I’ve found to be no problem, as all the electric stuff I’ll bring with me support anything in the range of 100V-240V, and both 50/60Hz as most new equipment do nowadays, though you can’t really be sure, as that’s not the case with everything especially more sensitive electrical devices. Therefore one would want to check the information on all their chargers etc. before traveling to another country.

Ok, so I didn’t need a converter, but I needed an adapter as their outlets look like this:

Kind of similar to the ones in the U.S.A. as you can see..
This is what I bought:

Lenmar AC5 World Travel Adapter Plug Set
Price tag :$8.99
(not what I really wanted, but nearly the only thing that could be shipped outside the US :/)

The third, and last thing that I REALLY needed, was an extra battery for my camera, cause I don’t want to run out of electricity at any given moment during the trip. really.
What I bought:

Lenmar DLZ302C Canon LP-E8 Battery
Price tag: $13.98

…. Then onto the things I didn’t really need for this trip, but that I’ve wanted for a long time:
AmazonBasics HDMI to Mini-HDMI Cable with Ethernet (9.8 Feet/3 Meters)
Price tag: $9.99
So that I can watch the films from my DSLR camera in HD on our TV, and not just on my computer..


Zeikos 3 Piece Filter Kit
Price tag: $10.95
To protect my lenses from my clumsiness..

And at last, which I’m not even sure will work (saw that to late), a wireless control for my camera:

RC-1 REMOTE Wireless Shutter Release for Canon EOS, Rebel
Price tag: $5.99
So that I can shoot self pics.. no, well yes.. but also to make as little motion as possible when using slow shutter speeds!

And the moral is: Always brush your teeth!!
Why? Well, your mouth won’t look like a black hole when you’re 70, and it’s very good business, at least it was for me..
Why was it a good business for me already?
Well, several years ago I made a deal with my mum, where she said that if I had no cavities in my teeth until I was 18, she would give me 2000 kr (about 325$ atm.), and since I became 18 about 3 months ago, and all of this costed just below 2000 with shipping and taxes and stuff (still ridiculous cheap in comparison to buying it in Norway), I didn’t pay anything at all.
That my friends; is a really good deal!

Well, now that I’m done with this boring stuff.. I can go back to paying my other bills;
no wait. -.-
I’ll make a post about that tomorrow.
じゃあまたね – See you later  ∩( ・ω・)∩

50 days left.. HELP!! ヽ(゜ロ゜;)ノ

Holy… something..

Time is passing almost too fast at the moment. I never thought I would say that, but as the title says… it’s now only 50 days until we leave [insert OMG face here], and I don’t feel like I can devote enough time to learning Japanese, or for preparing for the trip in general.
It may even be days when I don’t even think about it at all, and when someone mentions it, or when I suddenly remember, I get kind of surprised, and almost don’t believe it myself.. (’cause it’s to friggin’ awesome to understand.. just kiddin’….. no.)
Kind of surrealistic, when it’s something I’ve been looking forward to for so many years!


OMG, there’s just no time!! ヽ(゜ロ゜;)ノ

First our constitution day/national day is coming up, and we have rehearsals each weekend in addition to the normal ones (I’m in a marching band, and Kini is a baton twirling instructor).

Not surprisingly, but nevertheless not especially pleasant, is that there is a lot of tests as always at the end of the school year +at least one exam, and I think I have plans for almost every weekend until school’s out..

And when school’s FINALLY out, we’ll also make a quick visit to Germany for 5 days (with the band), then return to Oslo, only for a quick night’s sleep (probably won’t work out..), and then we’re off to Tokyo the day after.

Now I most certainly won’t learn all the 2.136 jōyō kanjis before we leave as I wanted to *crycry*

nor watch all the anime I have on “planning to watch” at myanimelist.com.. well that wouldn’t be especially healthy for me anyway..

Btw, I’ll write updates and posts a lot more frequently now as the departure is approaching, so keep checking in, or click the subscribe button to get an e-mail whenever there’s a new post up ヽ(^Д^)ノ

And the co-writer is…

Konichiwaaa~ ヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ

My name is Morten and I’m the co-writer of this blog (though most of the time I’ll be editing the typos and inconsistency of my fellow writer/classmate/friend I suppose
(;¬_¬))
I’ll also be the main photographer when we get to Tokyo, and I’ll look into the possibility of making some vlogs too!

More information about me, and the reasons for why I’ll be visiting Tokyo this summer is to be found in the “About” section under my name
(hover over the button for god’s sake!! ヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ)
Well, at least after I have written it.. (^^ゞ

More to come in a few days, but until then:
気をつけて – Ki o tsukete – Take care