About kendra

I'm twenty-three years old, from Vancouver-ish, and a student (kind of). I have a list longer than the Great Wall of China of places I want to experience, although The Great Wall isn't on there. Welcome to my world.

Minimalist packing and outfit inspiration

I have been trying to become a minimalist for the past couple years, and I won’t lie, it’s tough. One of my goals this year was to not buy cheap, bad quality clothing, and buy better quality but more expensive clothing. It’s hard. You can go through the Forever21 website and have a shopping cart of twelve things, with a total of $100.00, or you can buy one item from Lululemon, and also have a shopping cart total of $100.00. Regardless of whether this goal is being accomplished or not, I tend to buy neutral things so I can put a lot of outfits together with less. These are some basics that will make packing in a carry on super easy whether you’re going to a hot destination or a cold destination. With an exception of workout clothing and accessories, this packing list could be used for a month of travel for me depending on where and when I was going. Less is more, friends.

  1. peacoat
  2. leather jacket
  3. black jeans
  4. denim jacket
  5. ripped jeans
  6. black maxi dress
  7. denim shorts
  8. black tank top
  9. red t-shirt
  10. black t-shirt
  11. basic body suit
  12. lace top
  13. denim skirt
  14. white converse
  15. Chelsea boots
  16. wedge boots

Now, here are some flat lay photos of outfits that can be made with these items. You’ll see quickly that I hate wearing colour, but it comes in handy for travelling because everything matches nicely.

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You can make so many combinations with these things. I find it the most difficult to pack in the fall and winter because I love coats and boots, and there’s never enough room to take it all. Missing in this list, because they’re not completely necessary, are scarves, hats, and purses. They can change an outfit drastically and don’t always take up too much space in the suitcase. Tip: use scarves and toques to stuff boots and purses when they’re in your suitcase so their shape doesn’t get ruined. 

Hope this was helpful, next up is everything I pack in my carry on.

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Easy tips to stay healthy while travelling

Anyone who knows me knows that health and fitness is something very important to me; arguably, too important. I get stressed out before, during, and after trips because my routine is always in shambles. I’ve made a list of things I do to try to ease some of this stress, and hopefully these things might help you.

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beach body = my body on a beach

water, water, water

I know you’ve heard this before, but it’s for a good reason. I drink around four litres of water a day. Do not skip the water if you’re flying in fear of annoying the person next to you by constantly having to get up to pee, you’ll never see them again. It will honestly make you feel so much better, keep your appetite under control, and you won’t hold onto water.

control the alcohol

I drink all the alcohol knowing very well it’s empty calories. Don’t be like me.

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healthy choices

I’m all for trying all of the local cuisine in new places. I don’t believe in skipping dessert, but that being said, you can still choose to not eat like an asshole. Don’t eat out for one meal a day, and make better choices when it’s possible. Another thing I find helpful is planning out what you want to try, and where to find it, that way you can plan out the potentially bad food so you don’t end up in Paris on your last day absolutely needing to find macarons, chocolate croissants, and hot chocolate, then eating all of it on one day.

walk everywhere

Try to walk as much as you possibly can. It’s the best way to see a city, and it does help with calories burned.

get enough sleep

I’m not explaining this one, it’s important and you know it.

pack your snacks

Bring protein bars, protein powder, granola bars, trail mix, etc. If you have not awful for you snacks on hand, you won’t eat shit.

workout when you can

Workout when you have access to a gym, a big hotel room, or a nice place to run. Try to do it in the morning, you won’t want to exercise after walking through London all day, or sitting on the beach drinking. Make these workouts count, they don’t have to be long. Circuits are great for this.

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selfie: 1 set x 10 reps

In the end, it’s about balance. Love yourself enough to indulge, love yourself enough to not overindulge. It’s simple. You can be bad, but you can be good. Most importantly, don’t let trying to stay in perfect shape ruin your vacation. One week of the gym and a diet won’t give you abs, one week without dieting or the gym won’t make you fat. Tell me your favourite tips for staying healthy while travelling!

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Ten things you might be forgetting before you move abroad

Leaving the country is always stressful, especially if you have a one way ticket. There are so many things you have to think about, packing is arguably the least of your worries. Here are some things that I can offer some insight on, whether you’re going to study abroad, moving for work, or just travelling for fun.

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ONE: Visa

Okay so this one probably isn’t something you forgot if you’re leaving for over three months. If you’re moving for work your employer will likely figure this out for you, but if you’re going for vacation or to study you will most likely be on your own. My number one piece of advice here is to apply early. Figure your shit out sooner rather than later.

TWO: travel insurance

Very important because getting injured or sick in a foreign country is a lot scarier than it is at home. For me, if I’m taking full time courses I’m still covered under my parents medical (score), so I’m not really sure what the best options are, but I’m sure there are endless resources.

THREE: unexpected costs

Save!!! Your!!! Money!!! Things are often more expensive than you think they will be and who wants to rack up their credit card when they’re just trying to have a good time? Costs like your return flight if you buy a one way, travel insurance costs, transit, taxis, or unexpected events (theft, lost luggage, etc.), should be at the back of your mind.

FOUR: your vehicle at home

Depending on how long you’re going for, you might want to cancel your insurance, or even sell your vehicle. If your vehicle is old and kind of shitty I would sell it, because there’s some extra cash in your pocket. If it’s not too long or you’re personally in love with your car, cancel the insurance and park it somewhere to save money.

FIVE: gym membership/phone

Lots of gyms allow you do stop your account for a period of time, and then they’ll start it again when you return. I would also look into gyms in your area before you arrive. Lots of phone companies do the same thing, or you can just switch to the lowest possible plan while you’re away and then return to your normal one when you return.

SIX: phones, again

Speaking of phones, what are you doing upon arrival? Make sure your phone is unlocked before you leave and get a sim card with data. It’s so very helpful to not have to rely on wifi to be able to look at a map or get a transit schedule.

SEVEN: passport

Make sure it has at least three months before expiry, and if you’re going for a long time, renew it. Also it’s not a bad idea to keep a photocopy both with someone at home, and with you.

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EIGHT: prescriptions

Visit your doctor and get a copy of any prescriptions you need, and also refill as much as you can before you go.

NINE: cash/credit card

Make sure you have some cash for when you arrive so you’re not stuck searching for a currency exchange right away. Also, make sure you notify your credit card company that you are travelling so it works.

TEN: place to stay/ job search

Make sure you have a place to stay, whether it be temporary or where you’ll be staying the whole time. And, if you’ll be working, start hunting for jobs and making connections as well, because it’s difficult to find work in some countries as a foreigner (Norway).

It’s a lot to move, I know. Don’t panic. It will all be okay, and all of the stress and preparation will be worth it. I hope this helps you think about things before you leave, and don’t forget that any travel experience is good travel experience.

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Vancouver BC: best places to eat (from a local)

Vancouver is truly an amazing city. We have mountains, beaches, lots to do, and more importantly, lots of places to eat. These are my top picks for restaurants in Vancouver and close by areas.

*I’m so sorry in advance for the lack of photos for this post, it has been a while since I’ve been to many of these restaurants and I often inhale my food upon it’s arrival to my table, especially when I’m home, when my mind isn’t always on the next blog post.*

Nicli Antiza Pizzeria

The first VPN certified Neopolitan pizzeria in Vancouver.

Where: 62 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1K2

Website: https://www.niclipizzeria.com/

What to get: Margherita pizza (keep it simple)

Anton’s Pasta Bar

Some people think Anton’s overrated, but I have yet to have a bad experience there. You get so much food and it’s always delicious.

Where: 260 Hastings St, Burnaby, BC V5C 2J6

Website: https://antonspastabar.com/

What to get: Gnocchi Cardinale, Linguini Con Calamari

Bauhaus

It doesn’t have a Michelin Star, but their chef is a Michelin Star chef.

Where: 1 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C8

Website: http://bauhaus-restaurant.com/

What to get: Their tasting menu changes often, try something new

Thierry Cafe

Who doesn’t love a French cafe?

Where: 1059 Alberni St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A1

Website: https://www.thierrychocolates.com/cafe/

What to get: Their macarons are straight out of France

Earnest Ice Cream

Regular flavours, rotating flavours, and vegan flavours. None will disappoint.

Where: 1829 Quebec Street, VancouverBC. 3992 Fraser St Vancouver, BC. 127 W 1st St
North Vancouver, BC, pints of ice cream available at some grocery stores

Website: https://earnesticecream.com/

What to get: London fog ice cream, whiskey hazelnut ice cream

Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek Taverna

Such good Greek food, and reasonable prices!

Where: 1124 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N1

Website: it doesn’t exist

What to get: I always get chicken souvlaki and never branch out

Meat and Bread

They were featured on Diners, Drive ins, and Dives and have great sandwiches.

Where: 370 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7

Website: https://www.meatandbread.com/

What to get: There are three options, just pick one

There are so many great options for food in Vancouver. We have almost everything you could imagine when it comes to types of food.

Honourable mentions:

  • Virtuous pie (vegan pizza)
  • Cartem’s Donuts (good donuts, vegan options)
  • Nuba (Lebanese food)
  • Cincin (Italian food)
  • Score on Davie (caesars)
  • El Furniture Warehouse (cheap food)

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San Diego on a budget: one week itinerary

What do you do in San Diego if you don’t want to go to The Zoo, Seaworld, or Legoland??? Let me tell you.

Day one: Monday

Drop off your things at your unreal Airbnb (that has dogs) (this one). Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about this place, it was lovely. After dropping off all your things, go to Einstein Bagels, get an avocado bagel and a coffee, and then make your way over to the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge for a walk. After that, rent bikes in Balboa Park and go for a bike ride. When you’re tired of riding bikes, go for beers. This city can’t get enough craft beer, apparently. For dinner, go to In n Out, and then to another brewery. This will be a trend, just wait.

 

Day two: Tuesday

Get picked up by the rental car company, we used Hertz. Pick up the car and then go to Vons to buy some groceries for the week and a breakfast burrito. Go to Mission Beach and walk along the boardwalk, go on the Belmont Park roller coaster, get a beer, and start to drive home. If you’re into golf, I recommend going to the golf superstore because they had a huge used golf club selection. On the way home, stop at El Zarape for .99 cent fish tacos. Just do it. Next up is Coronado Island. It’s super cute there so go explore, and then, go to the Coronado Golf Course. They have an amazing happy hour, and I adored this golf course.

 

Day three: Wednesday

Carlsbad. Carlsbad outlets. You need to buy things. The flower fields are here, but we were far too cheap to pay for that, so we drove around the back and tried to catch a glimpse. You’re probably not as cheap as us, though, so if it’s the right season, frolic in the flowers. Go to Senior Grubby’s for lunch and eat your burritos on the beach. On the way home, stop at the Oceanside Pier and the Del Mar race tracks, but unfortunately, there are no horse races in April, so we just walked around. In the evening, go to Soda and Swine for board games and appies and then check out Fall Brewing because they have great sour beers (my fav).

 

Day four: Thursday

Thursday is the day you make your way up to La Jolla and go to Torrey Pines. I realize this post says “on a budget,” and Torrey Pines isn’t cheap. R was over the moon excited about this, and it was most definitely not on his budget. After his round, we ate lunch on the beach in La Jolla and went shopping at Marshalls and Nordstrom. We were supposed to return our rental car, but we decided to extend it because San Diego is really tough without a car. Everything’s so spread out; Uber’s add up, and public transit is not really for me.

 

Day five: Friday

Go to Balboa Park and see the sculpture garden (it’s free). I had my heart set on going here, and we searched for parking for what seemed like forever. It was closed due to an event. I was not impressed. Then, go to Old Town and walk around, go to the carriage museum (it’s free) and get ice cream. If there’s a home game, buy last minute tickets to a Padres game.

 

Day six: Saturday

First, go to the farmers market in Little Italy. It’s so nice to just walk around, find some kombucha on tap, and try free samples. Since you’re in Little Italy, you need to go to the Crack Shack for lunch, it’s right there. Then, go to Mission Beach after stuffing your face with fried chicken sandwiches (no judgement here), and since you’ve already given up on health for the day, check out Baked Bear and get bomb ice cream sandwiches.

 

Day seven: Sunday

Sundays are basically a synonym for a bagel. Nomad’s Donut’s had great bagels. You can obviously do whatever you want, but we went to Golf Mart, drove to Sunset Cliffs Park, walked around the SDSU campus, went to Trader Joe’s, and played a little par three golf course. We had time, no direction, and drove around a bit aimlessly. I guess if you’re someone who likes The Zoo, Seaworld, or Lego Land, that’s something you could do.

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Sunset Cliffs Park

Day eight: Monday

If you’re smart like us, you booked an evening flight so in the morning you can go to the USS Midway Museum. It’s so cool!!!! Go! Then you must get In n Out for the last time, look through Nordstrom Rack, and return your rental car and make it to the airport on time.

 

That’s it! We liked finding good food, laying on the beach, shopping, and golf courses. San Diego is such a fun city and there’s so much to do, even when you don’t want to spend a lot on activities.

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San Diego: best places to eat on a budget

I adore San Diego and I adore the food here. Spending about a week here has given me the time to try all the food that I wanted to. I’m always on a student budget, so I’m always looking for cheap places to go that have good food. These are the places that stood out to me.

In n Out

I had to try In n Out burger when I was here, and it did not disappoint. Cheeseburger with onions and fries animal style for me, double cheeseburgers for R. I also appreciate their tiny menu so much, I hate decisions and love simple.

El Zarape

There are two of these in close proximity to each other, but one of them it more expensive, and one of them has .99 cent fish tacos. I’ve been here a few times because they are amazing, and a dollar. I didn’t try any other food item on the menu, but their giant margaritas are good too.

El Zarape

Senior Grubby’s

We grabbed some burritos to go on our way home from Carlsbad and ate them on the beach. If you’re in Carlsbad and looking for Mexican- this is the place to go.

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Soda and Swine

PIZZA KNOTS. YES. So good. And a side of fries. We sat here playing Scrabble and drinking. Honestly, these pizza knots were amazing, and this place is really cute with an open ceiling, a fireplace, and lots of board games.

Lolitas

Lolitas is right across from the baseball stadium- don’t be scared away by the line because it goes quickly. We both got the California Burrito. I was sceptical about this one because of the fries in the burrito, but it was unreal. It was bigger than my head and I couldn’t finish it.

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The Crack Shack

R said that the sandwich he got here was in the top five things he’s eaten in his entire life, and he has eaten a lot of things. He got the Firebird, and I got the G-Bird. The line here went quickly as well, definitely worth it. We went before the farmers market in Little Italy because it’s very close. We ended up going back the next day and I had the Firebird too, he was “both surprised and disappointed” that I finished it all.

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Baked Bear

Yes, you need this in your life. Ice cream sandwiches made out of cookies or brownies. So good, worth the line, worth the calories.

Buona Forchetta

We figured we needed at least one nice-ish dinner that didn’t consist of .99 cent tacos. Make a reservation for this place, we didn’t and waited over an hour. Luckily, there’s a brewery across the street so we played Scrabble and watched the hockey game while we waited. Our food came out in what seemed like minutes, we got the octopus, focaccia bread, and a margarita pizza, all of it was amazing, especially the pizza. I don’t love octopus, but R loved it. We got cannolis for dessert, ALMOST as good as the ones I had in Italy.

Nomad Donuts

Seriously regretting not picking up a couple doughnuts here, but what can you do? I got an everything bagel with garlic and herb cream cheese. There were literal chunks of garlic in the cream cheese. If you’re vegan, they had tons of vegan options for delicious looking doughnuts.

Nomad Donuts

We usually do breakfast at home, and we made lunch at our Airbnb a couple times. Sometimes we would just grab a sandwich at Von’s and eat on the beach. We went to several breweries that would be worth checking out, except I didn’t pay attention to the names of them. There are just so many in this city!

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My favourite thing about San Diego is the great Mexican food. There are so many options, and it’s always so good. I think this is the first trip we’ve gone on where we haven’t eaten hummus, falafel, shawarma, or kebabs, and I’m not even mad about it. Have you found the best food in San Diego? If there’s anything I missed that’s worth checking out, let me know, I’m sure I’ll be back in this city soon.

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7 great golf courses near Vancouver, BC

It’s been a hot second since posting and I have gone to no places lately with no desire to write, just busy. Life, school, work, trying to get better at hitting golf balls, ya know, just things. I’ve had way too much school work to do to be able to keep up with this silly blog. Taking five courses plus an extra half-semester course, attempting to work three days a week, and workout five? I have had no time, except the nice (ish) weather we’ve had here in Vancouver has gotten me out to the driving range and a couple local golf courses a few times. I’m dreaming of nicer weather, golf courses that are in good condition, and not starting my round crying like I did last weekend (pressured from the random men put in our group, and my third shot straight into the trees…. Not my finest moment). If you’re looking for some great golf courses near Vancouver, these are my top picks in no particular order. Just promise to not be like me, and don’t cry. Golf is hard, it’s fine.

Northview

The PGA Tour used to be held at Northview on The Ridge course. It’s in Surrey, and always very well maintained and in excellent shape. There are two courses, The Ridge and The Canal. The Ridge has an amazing layout and The Canal is more of a links style course.

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Northview- Surrey

Mayfair Lakes

Mayfair Lakes is probably a good reason to go to Richmond, I guess unless you’re going to the airport to go somewhere better. This golf course is kept in great shape, and it drains really, really well. Another thing to note is the pace of play is usually good, so you don’t find yourself waiting at every hole.

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Mayfair Lakes- Richmond

Meadow Gardens

This golf course is by far the best out of the choices in the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows area. It is again, well maintained. The layout is challenging, and keep in mind the club selection is very important here.

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Meadow Gardens- Pitt Meadows

Kings Links

This is the only recognized links golf course in Western Canada, the closest would be Bandon, Oregon. Kings Links is in Delta and is really good drainage wise, and the wind makes this course a challenge.

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Kings Links- Delta

Redwoods

This course is in Langley and does not drain well at all, so make sure you go when it’s been dry for a few days. The price of this course is really good for the quality of it; the layout is really nice.

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Redwoods- Langley

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North Bellingham

This is a links style course in Bellingham. The price for the quality you get, but like Redwoods, doesn’t drain well at all.

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Chateau Whistler

One of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever seen is the Chateau Whistler. It is the only true mountain golf course in Whistler, is absolutely stunning, challenging, and there’s a good chance you’ll see bears. It’s very expensive, but it’s Whistler so most things are, and as expected it’s taken care of really well.

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Chateau Whistler

Let me know if you try any of these courses out, or if you’re from the area, let me know what your favourite courses are! Because most of my trips I can see myself going on in the near (and far) future revolve around golf, I’m going to switch gears a bit and incorporate posts about this. Next stop is San Diego, and yes, the golf clubs are coming.  Stay tuned.

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Norway working holiday for Canadians: application process

So, you want to work in Norway….. 

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For young adults from Canada, there is a working holiday agreement. This is for people between the ages 18 and 36, and it will be valid for a year, and then it can be renewed, but you can only have this permit for two years total. I found there was very minimal information outside of the UDI website for the working holiday application process for Canadians, so if you’re thinking of working in Norway, my first piece of advice is to really think about it. Starting life in this country is not easy; my second piece of advice is to apply early.

One of the downfalls of the working holiday permit is that you will only be able to work for the same employer for six months. This is an issue because who wants to hire someone knowing they’re training them for only six months? On that note, try your absolute best to have work lined up before you arrive. It’s quite difficult to find work, and with the cost of living in Norway, it’s more than stressful to be without work for an extended period of time. Seasonal jobs, such as hotels, might be your best shot if you don’t speak Norwegian and aren’t trained in a specific profession (i.e. a trade or something in the healthcare field).

If you are not a skilled worker, you must apply from abroad. You cannot apply for this permit while you are in Norway. A skilled worker is someone who has a completed vocational training program of at least three years (carpenter/health worker), or completed a degree from a university (bachelors degree in engineering or nursing). If you are one of these, you can apply for the permit if you have a concrete job offer doing what you are trained for, and it must be a full time position, or at least 80%. I did not qualify as a skilled worker, so I had to apply from Canada.

The only Norwegian embassy in Canada is in Ottawa, so the Danish embassy represents Norway in Vancouver. You must make an appointment through them, and bring the signed application front page, the checklist, the application itself, and all supporting documents. If there is a page you do not need within the application forms, that must be brought with you. I didn’t fill out the “applicant is a child or minor” page, so I didn’t include it, and I was charged a fee to print it. The application fee itself came to around $350 if I remember correctly.

Along with the application, there is a checklist of things you must bring with you.

Number one: Your passport, and a copy of all used pages of the passport (including the page with your photo).

They will send your actual passport to the closest embassy. They sent mine to Ottawa, and my flight was leaving three weeks from this day. They told me I would have it back within two or three weeks; talk about stressful. If you have travel plans, be aware of this. I’m not sure what happens if you’re able to apply to a Norwegian embassy.

Number two: Two recent/new passport sized photos.

This is straight forward. Go to London Drugs and ask for passport photos. They don’t need to be stamped or signed by anyone.

Number three: Proof that you have sufficient funds to stay in Norway for three months.

31902 NOK = more or less $5000 CAN

I printed out the page from my online banking, and then took it to the bank, and got them to stamp it. Make sure your full name is shown somewhere on this page. The statement didn’t print out with my name the first time, and I had to email a document that made sure my name was by the account. I should have realized, but the online banking just didn’t show it on the page and I didn’t even think of it.

Another thing- you have to have $5000 PLUS enough to buy a flight home. I already had my return flight, so I again had to email them proof of this. I didn’t see this anywhere on the website. Because it was for over three months away, I also sent them a copy of my credit card statement showing my credit limit and that could buy a new flight if I was not approved for the permit. I don’t know if this was necessary, but you can’t be too careful.

Number four: Consent to signing medical upon entering Norway.

Just type out a letter, “To whomever it may concern,” saying that you will purchase medical insurance before you enter the country. Easy.

Number five: Documentation which shows you have somewhere to live.

My boyfriend wrote a letter similar to the medical insurance one saying that I would be staying with him and the address. He was going to be there before me, but we also included a copy of his Hungarian passport and residence card proving that he was an EU citizen and allowed to be there for longer than ninety days. This can be as simple as a hotel booking or an email from someone you know there saying you will be staying with them.

Number six: Information of your intentions of staying in Norway.

Another letter. Mine just said I was studying through online courses from my university in Canada, and I want to travel in Norway and want to be able to work to fund my stay.

More tips…

  • Sign all of these letters and make sure your name is on them (duh).
  • If you’re unsure about whether you should bring a document to the appointment, do it anyway. If it’s not needed they will tell you.
  • Apply early. It took my application just over four weeks to come back approved, and by this time I was already in Norway. After this, you have to make an appointment with the police to actually get your residence card and to be able to work, but the soonest appointment for the area I lived in was six weeks away. If I had applied earlier, I could have made the appointment, and gone to it earlier upon arriving. From what I’ve heard, appointments with the police are always a long wait because there are so many people immigrating to Norway.
  • You’re supposed to go to the police within seven days, but if there are no available appointments, it’s just whenever you can get one. This stressed me out because I had been there for a month and thought I had to go to the police station within the first week. And I tried to…. lol. They just sent me on my way. To get an appointment, find the police station in the district you live in and email to ask for one. I think for some of the stations you can book online too.
  • Getting answers from anyone on the phone is extremely difficult in my experience. I had better luck emailing UDI because the people who answer their phone do not seem very helpful. It takes a while for them to reply to emails though. Also, calling the Norwegian embassy or the Canadian embassy (in Oslo), is useless. I was desperate for answers, because I was leaving so soon and was rather stressed out, but only UDI can really help you.
  • Even if your application is in process, you can still be in Norway for three months. This was what I was worried about. I thought I was going to be sent back at customs because my flight home was over three months away, and I had not yet been approved for the permit. It was fine, I just told customs I would be there for 90 days unless I was approved for the visa I applied for.
  • Do your research on moving to Norway. Are you expecting to drop around $5000 as a deposit for your apartment? Because most places want five or six months deposit plus your first month’s rent right off the bat. Are you prepared for the insane cost of living, to go on a wild goose chase finding work, and to dive into this strange (but beautiful) country?

If I’m being honest, I didn’t do enough research before moving to Norway. It was actually quite a difficult experience, but that’s okay- learn from me. I hope this post can be useful to someone. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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A really really long list of things to do in Hungary

Another post about Hungary.. Are you surprised? This is basically a recap of every other post, but combined. In no particular order, here is a list of absolutely everything I can think of doing in Budapest and other areas of Hungary.

Thermal baths- Hungary is famous for these. I went in the winter, and don’t think I would enjoy going in the summer. The Szechenyi Thermal Baths are pictured here. It’s the largest one and I’d recommend it for your first time. You can make a day out of it and get a massage or other spa treatments.

Fisherman’s Bastion- Exploring around here is a must! You’ll get a gorgeous view of the city, and there are some nice cafes and restaurants up here. You can go up the funicular, but I prefer just walking up the stairs.

St. Stephens Basilica- You can go inside for a small price, I don’t remember how much but it wasn’t a lot. Then you can go to the top and get a beautiful view of the city.

Walk around fashion street- This is where to go if you want to shop. It’s also good to find souvenir shops and people watch.

Fashion Street

Fashion Street at Christmas

Eat a chimney cake– The walnut covered ones are the best. Hungarians love walnuts. (They are really cheap at the subway stations.)chimney cake

Eat goulash (at Balvaros Lugas)- This restaurant has such good traditional Hungarian food, and it’s fairly cheap.

Go to the ruin bars (Szimpla Kert)- Go to all of them, but Szimpla is my favourite.

szimpla

this was taken upstairs looking down

Walk around the Jewish District

Visit the Dohány Street Synagogue- The largest Synagogue in Europe, and the second largest in the world. There’s a museum attached to it.

Go to the Holocaust Memorial Centre and the House of Terror Museum

Run around Margaret Island– There is running track around the island. There’s also the water polo stadium, a small zoo, a hotel, and a couple bars on the island.

Go to a hockey game (HK Budapest, Ujpest, MAC)

Go to the Great Market Hall- Many locals grocery shop here, it’s busy and a great places to take in the culture.

Eat lángos- fried dough, garlic, sour cream. Buy this at the Great Market Hall.

Go to all the bridges

Go to the Citadella Sétány at night (or during the day I guess)

citadella

The view from the Citadella

Hummus bar, Parasz Thai, Iguana– For more about restaurants, see my favourite restaurants in Budapest post.

Cake and pastry at Gerbaud or/and Ruzzwurm– These cafes are the best in the city. (Try Kremes, Dobostorta, the and cheese danish).

Cheap wine spritzers from Froccskocsma– This place is the best. They usually speak English here, just ask for a wine spritzer and it will be about 60 cents Canadian.

Have a beer at the High Note Sky Bar– It’s a bit fancy but they don’t care if you’re underdressed.

high note

(underdressed) at the High Note

Ride the Budapest Eye

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The Budapest Eye

Go to Lake Balaton– It’s not a far train ride  from Budapest and a really nice place to spend a day in the summer.

Lake Balaton

Lake Balaton

Go to some thrift stores

Have rose shaped gelato (Gelarto Rosa)

Gelarto Rose

Go to the zoo– I’m not a huge fan of zoos, but you can play with goats at this zoo, and it seems really nice.

Go to Boldogkőváralja– This isn’t close to Budapest, but if you have rented a car then why not?

Boldogkőváralja

Boldogkőváralja

Explore the Buda side– There isn’t as much going on as the Pest side, but it’s worth walking around.

Go to Hero’s Square

Hero's Square

Hero’s Square

Go to Vajdahunyad Castle in the city park

Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle

Go skating or rent peddle boats right next to the city park– Depending on the season, it will be ice or a lake.

Get bagels at Budapest Bagel- The area this little bagel store is in is really nice, so make sure you explore.

Go to Szentendre and walk around and have a picnic– Such a cute little town, the streets were magical.

 

Visit Esztergom Basillica (the largest church in Hungary)

cathedral

Get a chocolate bar filled with cheese (Turo Rudi)– A Hungarian thing- surprisingly good.

Eat chicken paprikash and stock up on paprika and erős pista.

Gundel Crepes (at Gundels)– Or any other restaurant. They light them on fire.

Get burgers at street bistro

Eat túrós táska for breakfast– My favourite pastry- a cheese filled danish.

Coffee at the New York Café– Or be like me, and just go in to take a photo.

See the shoes on the Danube- A memorial along the river for the Jewish people killed in 1944.

Walk around the Hungarian Parliament building– The number 2 tram on the Pest side is a gorgeous tram ride that will take you along the Danube. You’ll see the castle on the other side of the river, the chain bridge, and the parliament.

parliment

Go on either a dinner cruise, or a party cruise down the Danube- Some party cruises are all you can drink for about fifty dollars Canadian.

Budapest

That’s everything I can think of, and what’s bothering me is that I know I’m missing some things. I hope when you visit this country you can take in everything it has to offer. If you can think of anything I’m missing in this post- let me know! For more specific details of some things listed here, there are more detailed posts in my “Hungary” category.

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