Jafs is little but mighty- rivaling all other outdoor restaurants and fast food in the area with long but quick lines and filled up seats with people eating. It’s quite a busy little restaurant. It’s in the perfect spot which is right in the center of Alesund with a beautiful view of the water.
It is owned and operated by my husband’s two cousins! I did not realize it was owned by family until my second visit to Norway. However despite it being owned by family, I still LOVE thier food. I got it everytime I visited.
If you go to Jafs, get ice cream and fish and chips. Their fish and chips are “probably the best in the world.” Let me tell you, I crave this fish. The batter for the fish and the aioli sauce is awesome!
I love skin. I love skincare. I love the science. I love the history. The products. Make up. Make up application. Special effects. Making someone feel beautiful and healthy. I love the ability to change one’s appearance into something very different. I enjoy naturalism and purity of ingredients. Here is a favorite artist of mine:
I am an esthetician or at least I was one. This is a title meaning a skin specialist- one that is legally allowed in the chosen state to preform skin facials and other modalites for the face and body. I could even have my own line of skin care or make up. I don’t know if I am allowed to call myself an esthetician any longer. As of this month, I am legally not allowed to preform services in the state of Illinois. I let my licence expire.
Why do that? It takes three years in Norway to become an esthetician versus the seemingly pathetic 6 months it takes in Illinois. I would rather redo my licence in Norway than pay for what I believe to be inferior education in the US. We also really don’t have the money nor the time for me to go through education again in the US.
I don’t have plans as to what I will do now. Having a line of skincare or make up of my own is a dream but I don’t know if I will ever accomplish it. I feel content exploring and dabbling in the art and science of skin and beauty for now. I will simply be an artist and scientist.
Many people dream of seeing the Aurora Borealis- especially in Norway. Someone recently asked me if I had. Let me just say it was unexpected.
My husband, mother in law and I were driving at night. They all of a sudden pointed and said “Oh look!” I looked out the window and saw this ghostly green light hovering over the water. It moved to me like it was a spirit of some kind and honestly freaked me out. “What it is that?!” They told me it was the Auroras. That was my first encounter with them.
My next encounter with them did not freak me out as much. It still left me in awe. It was on New Years. There was an awesome display of Auroras over Alesund. It reflected over the water and was undisturbed by the fireworks. They were far more visible than my first sighting. I was so happy about the display I wasn’t freaked out by them this time. (I was also around many Norwegians so I had to keep my cool. HAHA!)
I will admit that some people I know don’t even know that we’re moving yet. We are waiting for the right time to announce it to family. I know some relatives may take it hard or even get angry. I’ve already had people just say “Why don’t you get a full time job and get insurance?” “Why are you moving? Just for healthcare?”
They don’t get it. My overall health will improve by moving. Food quality and water quality are other reasons to move. Food is fresh. For example, I was making breakfast once and kept throwing out eggs. The yolk was orange so I thought it was rancid. My brother in law stopped me and said they are supposed to be that way! Our yellow yolk eggs in the US are old. Then meat is also fresher. Red dye is not added to meat to make it look fresh like in the US. Water can be drank from the mountain streams right outside my mother-in-law’s house. Water around here in the US is filthy. I wouldn’t even swim in Lake Michigan anymore.
I also feel I do not need to explain to others how I feel everyday. I battle not sleeping constantly. That the doctors know I have some kind of autoimmune disorder that they decided to call fibromyalsia for lack of any other name to call it. They don’t know the thousands I spend each year on just type 1 diabetic supplies alone. They have no clue how much medication I’m on to just be healthy and prevent worse things down the road.
Another comment was about that I would not be safe from terrorism. “The world is too crazy right now.” The world was crazy starting with September 11th. I was young then and I vowed that I would not live in fear, since that is what they want. Living in fear is not freedom. I will not wait till things “settle down” in the world. I don’t think that will happen in my lifetime.
I’m finding that justifying myself to other people is just reassuring all the reasons to move. Although it’s very annoying, I’m getting myself more and more at ease. This is really an exciting time in my life. I should be happy and not scared of all these things people keep bringing up.
I landed in Norway and I was all like:
Right now, I feel excited and scared about this move. There are many things happening that are painful and nasty.
- I have to get rid of things.
- My cats are being adopted out. I freaking love my cats.
- I am leaving my family
- The paperwork to stay in Norway is confusing.
However I am visiting Norway and feeling a sense that moving is the right thing to do. I am surrounded by a network of people that will be able to help me. This is obvious. I am far less stressed out here. And oh my goodness is it pretty…. we got off the plane and I could smell the ocean.
Here are things I am excited about:
- I will be getting an Apple computer with Adobe photoshop from my brother in law
- One of my brothers in law will be living with us
- I will techiniquely be living with two new cats
- I will start a hobby of photography. This blog will turn into a photojournal blog.’
- Leaving the United States Healthcare mess.
There are many things to be excited about. I just do not want to deal with all the negatives. 😦
Not long now before the wedding!
I’ve got social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, depression and OCD. I don’t write about this as though I’m happy about it. Quite the opposite.
Being an American that is often seen as quiet and shy is not very well welcomed in this culture. I get snarky rude comments, ignorant questions, embarrassing moments, and flat out uncomfortable times. I feel I am supposed to be this outgoing loud person. I am not like that at all. People seem to not know how to handle someone like me. Strange how we celebrate differences in America but my personality differences are not accepted.
Norwegians are reserved, blossoming socially when surrounded by family or friends for whom they are close with only. When my husbands family was warned I don’t do social events easily, I imagine they were surprised. Social events are different there. They are very chill and embarrassing shyness is brushed off as not so embarrassing at all.
I recall reading Moomin books and there are characters with particular things about their personality that made them different like needing everything clean or liking to be left alone. Norwegians as well as the rest of the North are taught to respect these things about someone’s personality- whether they are seen as peculiar or not.
Have you noticed this about Americans? Is my observation wrong?
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