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I just got back from a wonderful trip to Norway. My housemate Hedda is Norwegian and we met in first year of the law course and then we decided to live together in second year. We are really close friends and she invited me to come and stay at her family home in Drobak, which is just outside of Oslo. It was so much fun as she had lots of different activities planned for the trip.

Luckily, the weather was amazing and it was sunny and warm almost every day I was there. Drobak is a quaint little seaside town and we went swimming in the sea. There are lots of dive boards off cliffs in her town and we worked our way up to the big ones one by one. It was quite scary and we had to dare each other to do it.

Oslo PalaceWe spent afternoons at the beach or swimming in the lake. I even got to go on the back of Hedda's motorbike which was a great experience. We went into Oslo and we visited the Munch Museum which was very cultural of us, I think. We took a picnic barbecue to the Vigelandsparken which is a beautiful park full of interesting statues...  We went for dinner on the harbour and we drank wine. It's very expensive country and a meal was about £20 minimum and a glass of wine was about £8 which is very expensive. They also have quite restricive laws about alcohol, that you are only allowed to buy wine in certain shops before 5pm on a Saturday... which means you have to plan what you're going to be drinking, which can be inconvenient. I guess when it's not so bad when you're used to it though.

Overall my trip to Norway was probably the best holiday of my life. I think it's because I got the local and the tourist experience. I had a great time with my friend Hedda and I cannot wait to go back. β€‹It will have to be next year though as now I am just preparing for my year abroad to Sweden which begins in three weeks. I am very excited!

Check back soon

Chelsey :)

 

Monday

Kingston; great for shopping but not so great when you're trying not to spend. This is a cheeky buy from Oasis - one of my favourites!

I love a bit of shopping!

Tuesday

GetSet4KU day one! GetSet4KU is an event for students who have come through Clearing and gives them a change to get to know Kingston and feel comfortable. As well as helping the students out I've made some great friends, I can't wait to see them around Kingston!

The first day working at GetSet4KU!

Wednesday

On campus tours with some new students and fellow ambassador Jo! This was our second day of the GetSet4KU event. I was thrilled that one of the students in my group won with a top tip I gave them. What was my my top tip? Get the Kingston University app, it's great and has so much information to help you out!

On campus tours - day two of GetSet4KU!

Thursday

Never a dull moment! Ahead of working more and going home for the weekend I had a long 'to do' list today and ended up going for a bit of comfort food shopping too.

Staying organised with my 'to do' list

Friday

Let's get to work! My third Student Ambassador job of the week and I couldn't be happier! It can be hard work but I get to meet some amazing people. Today we had a schools visit and got to answer their questions about what university is like. Then I headed home for my Dad's birthday!

A school visit before heading home for Dad's birthday

Saturday

It's the little things that make me happiest. My little sister bought me a Diet Coke home. My friends always joke that this is my fuel. It's very rare that there isn't a can in my fridge!

A little treat from my sister

Sunday

My birthday celebrations begin! My birthday may not be until the 18th but that doesn't mean I don't get to start celebrating! My grandparents gave me my presents today as they won't see me until after my birthday. Here are my lovely Jack Wills T-shirt and hoodie and some Lush bath pieces! I feel very lucky!

Some 'lush' early birthday presents from my Grandparents!

Next week...

I have a lot going on from now on, September is going to be a busy month! My friends are starting to come back, more Student Ambassador work, some baking, meals out and more.

 

No offense, but I think Uni food is a bit expensive for a student budget and a few of you might agree with me on this!!! However, I would still rate Kingston University as 5* for the food quality as it's always fresh and they have more healthy options. The main reason I love this Uni is because of its location, Kingston high street is within ten minutes distance (of course by bus). People complain about travelling, accommodation and health expenses but trust me my main worry is spending a lot on food.

I love food but this isn't a good excuse to buy expensive sandwiches from Uni which is why I have gone for the alternatives. This is where the Kingston High street comes handy. My best place to shop in Kingston is Lidl and that's where you will find me shopping most of the time. ;) This is mainly my snack store as their prices are low compare to other stores in the high street. Well, there is Poundland as well, but let's not go there. It's funny how I never knew there was Lidl in Kingston until I got to my second year. Maybe I am the odd one. In case you are in the same situation as me and you don't know where it is then it is next to McDonalds in Eden Street (Kingston high street). I am sure everyone knows where McDonalds is, right?

My second best shop for sandwiches is either Sainsburys or Tesco. I can never make up my mind which one is the best as I love meal deals at both stores. Sometimes I feel like treating myself, in which case I would buy Uni cakes. They are expensive but yummy!!! There is also Asda on both sides of Kingston Hill campus and I call one "an emergency" store because it is open 24 hours. You can pop into it at any time, even if you have to stay till late night especially during exam times. I have always wanted to post a blog on food shopping but ended up posted something else instead but this time I have decided not to mess around and have finally completed this blog. Yayyy!!

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this blog.

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