first trip to norway!

Heyo!

The past two months have been a nightmare for computer troubles… The new laptop that is currently on the way is stuck in customs, so I ended up renting a laptop from the university IT services. What a mistake, this thing is super slow and weighs a ton… so old school! I can’t wait until my new baby arrives so I can actually edit videos/photos/play games and move on with my life!

Anyway, a lot has happened over the past while! I went to Norway!! 😀

The purpose of my trip wasn’t for vacation though. I’m actually going to be attending The Gathering this year, which is a huge LAN party/ creative convention! Basically it’s going to be super fun, with lots of gamers, panels, concerts and shows! I’ll be working with the media team to host a cosplay competition and possibly do interviews/behind the scenes vlogs! I flew down there for their initial planning meeting, and to offer some input about event/panel organization!

On Feb 1st, I took the bus down to London. Met up with a youtuber who I used to watch quite often, Evan Edinger! Went out for lunch before my flight! He’s a pretty cool dude, kept teasing me about my Canadian accent tho… it’s not even that thick! 🙁 Took the tube down to Heathrow and flew to Oslo. Short flight, only about two and a half hours!

Met up with one of the organizers, Kasper, at the airport! His flight from Copenhagen was delayed though due to issues involving the transportation of a coffin…? He took the express train down to Oslo city centre to meet up with two of the other event organizers – Guro and Martin!

It was so weird seeing snow again, since we haven’t had any here in England this year!

We met up at a TGI Fridays, which was a little bizarre because it’s a very Americanized brand, but with a big Norwegian influence! We introduced ourselves and had a drink. (Alcohol is insanely expensive in Norway! Most cocktails were 114 kroners, which is like £12? Over $20 for a drink! Ahh!!)

Checked into my hotel! Had a quaint room with a single bed (next to a heater = toasty!), and wet room/toilet.

The next morning, I was picked up and we drove to a office building! We went into a conference hall and office area. I met most of the event and content coordinators, as well as the IT services group and camera operators. What struck me the most was that everyone spoke such good English! I was told that most people in Norway know how to speak English – as an English speaker, you would have no trouble navigating Oslo! We spent the entire afternoon in planning meetings. In the evening, everyone went out for pizza at large American-style pizzeria!

Giant cat loose on the streets of Oslo~

The next day, everybody returned to the final meeting where we went over the event briefs. After those were completed, Kasper and I took the train back to Oslo airport. Going through border services really makes me want to get my English passport, since it takes forever when you have to get through with one that’s non-EU! Took the tube to Covent Garden, stopped for Starbucks and people-watched for 45 mins, and then got on my 3.5 hour train from Kings Cross St Pancras to Leeds!

It was a really fun mini trip! I didn’t really get to see much of Oslo, but I’ll be returning once more before the actual event… Two more trips to Norway, yay! It’s a great opportunity for me to gain work experience, as well as getting to cosplay and present shows and vlog more! I’m really excited for the actual event…Gotta start on my Akali cosplay soon!

Most posts coming up soon, stay tuned~

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