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Broken Ovens and Other Stories

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I’m sort of repeating myself on this blog. I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again: my life’s extremely busy, and starting to write a blogpost takes more time and effort than you should have thought (or maybe you got the idea, because you’re a struggling blogger yourself). I can start off by telling you how life has been since I last published anything on here. Which was, embarrassingly, in September, a few weeks after I moved to London. And now I’m here, two months later, finally sharing bits of my life with you again.

When you’re set to finish a postgrad in a year, you already get the feeling from before you startet that it’s going to be busy. But how busy? You can’t tell before you’re two months in and counting down to the Christmas Holiday (which is not actually a break from studying, because nothing’s called a break when you’re doing your MA in just a year). I’ve spent so many hours after bedtime working on everything from group projects to my manifesto — which got better feedback than what I could hope for, seeing as I wrote it at 4am. But from my own experiences, I actually do write quite well at 4am. Sadly. I could blame Australia again, and the time difference, but I did actually write a lot of good essays at 4am Down Under as well. So the conclusion is: I’m a surprisingly good writer at 4am. I did read an article once that creative people function better in the middle of the night. So I guess I fall under that category. Apparently, your brain does creative work better when you’re tired. A free tip for you if you’re looking to ace that exam next month.

Since that last blogpost, I’ve had my mum visiting me, I’ve explored London city, visited museums, and baked lots of delicious food. This weekend was well spent at home in Norway, refueling for our last week of group presentations this year. And now that our oven isn’t working properly, and we don’t know when we’ll have it replaced, I’m scared that I won’t be able to bake ginger cookies before I head home again in three weeks, to celebrate Christmas with my family. Let’s see if karma will be on my side this December. Fingers crossed.

Thanks to my flatmate, Amélie, for helping me out with the title (it’s not 4am so I couldn’t do that one myself).

Home Baking

ragnhild utne home baking homemade bread wholemeal strawberry jam

ragnhild utne homemade home baking bread Tine Norge recipe strawberry jam London United Kingdom Lewisham baking sheet

I’m pretending that I don’t have anything important to do, so I spent last weekend baking three breads. They’re cheaper than the store bought ones and taste delicious – especially when reheating them in the oven prior to eating. That way they’ll keep that crispy outer texture. I really enjoy making things from scratch, and I’m sure you’ll eat less sugar that way too. And as the kitchen at my student accommodation in London is pretty rad too, I’ll spend a lot of time there making healthy, delicious and student friendly food.
The recipe is from Tine. It’s in Norwegian, but you’ll find heaps of good recipes for wholemeal breads on a variety of websites, such as this one from Telegraph that is quite similar to the one I made.

Hi London

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right? So when life gives you the opportunity to study in a foreign country, you go, right? And so I did. Again.
What I’ve learned from the last 6 months after moving home from Melbourne, is that things don’t always go as planned. When coming home, I had my plans set: I was moving to Copenhagen to pursue a second undergrad, this time in Graphic Design. But as I realised I had the qualifications to undertake a postgrad in Communication Design instead, the decision wasn’t hard to make. So here I am, in London, ready to embark on my first Master’s degree this Monday at Ravensbourne in North Greenwich.
I’ve already met a bunch of incredible people from uni that I’m looking forward to be working and spending time with the coming year.
As the last few days have been busy due to enrollment and induction sessions at uni, I haven’t really had the time to see much of London yet. But now that the weekend’s here you will find me in central London most of the time, exploring this incredible city.
I have a feeling I’ve made the right decision.

Greece

greece holiday sailing mediterranean sea hydra ydra island travel

I finally had the chance to come along on a trip on our sailboat in Greece this summer. The last few summers have been busy – and they’ve been super short due to the Australian uni system. But now that I’m done with my Bachelor’s, I don’t think I’ve ever had this much time on my hands to both work and travel during the summer.
We didn’t visit heaps of different places this year, but we were lucky to find a spot on Hydra, an island with a tiny harbour south of Athens. It’s a popular place with a lovely atmosphere, and we decided to stay here a few nights as they were having a festival on the weekend with lots of fireworks. There’s even just one car on this island – the garbage truck.
We visited Poros and Aegina as well, and stopped for a swim and some lunch in different beautiful bays. My sister and I explored the Greek architecture and beautiful views, and also met a bunch of cats. It was absolutely lovely being back, but when the temperature hits 40 degrees celsius you’re kind of ready to go home to Norway after the 11 days we spent down south.
Photos are shot on both my Nikon D810 and iPhone 6s. I don’t update my blog as much as I’d hoped, but you can follow me on Instagram for more frequent updates.

harbour of hydra, a greek island in the mediterranean sea. captured with my iPhone 6s, edited in vsco cam and instagram

harbour of hydra, a greek island in the mediterranean sea

greek architecture of poros

cat on the island of hydra, greece

island of poros, greece

sun setting in the horizon. seen from poros, a greek island

sun lotion and aftersun from biotherm and stuff by fred

cacti on the greek island, aegina

Amsterdam

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I went to Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago to visit a friend. Scandinavian Airlines had good deals on flight tickets, and I could not let this great opportunity for a cheap trip go to waste. The last time I went to this beautiful city, I was around 11 years old and was road tripping through Europe with my dad and sister to go to Disneyland. Walking through the Red Light District by accident has become a tradition.
I spent most of the last day by myself as my friend, Johan, had to go to work. Except from walking through dodgy streets, I spent my time alone exploring the city and its architecture, cafés and all the canals with their interesting boathouses. We also ate incredibly delicious Italian pizzas at ‘De Pizzabakkers’ on Plantage Kerklaan.

Buildings near the canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Eating delicious Italian pizzas at the Pizzabakkers in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Tasty Italian pizzas at the Pizzabakkers in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Eating delicious Italian pizzas at the Pizzabakkers in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Interesting architecture in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Hangout at TOKI café in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fanfare

An image from a recent shoot was on Thursday published in Fanfare, a Norwegian culture magazine, now selling in a variety of kiosks and book stores around Norway. Though we only needed one photo for the publication, I had to capture more images of this young beauty. Her eyes are incredible!
The model is stunning Mairead McGovern from Chadwick Models Melbourne with makeup beautifully done by Mariska Harasymiw.

Mairead McGowend from Chadwick Models Melbourne featured in Fanfare, a Norwegian culture magazine. Photography by Ragnhild Utne. Makeup by Mariska Harasymiw.

Mairead McGowend from Chadwick Models Melbourne featured in Fanfare, a Norwegian culture magazine. Photography by Ragnhild Utne. Makeup by Mariska Harasymiw.

Mairead McGowend from Chadwick Models Melbourne featured in Fanfare, a Norwegian culture magazine. Photography by Ragnhild Utne. Makeup by Mariska Harasymiw.

Mairead McGowend from Chadwick Models Melbourne featured in Fanfare, a Norwegian culture magazine. Photography by Ragnhild Utne. Makeup by Mariska Harasymiw.

Mairead McGowend from Chadwick Models Melbourne featured in Fanfare, a Norwegian culture magazine. Photography by Ragnhild Utne. Makeup by Mariska Harasymiw.

Aesop Fitzroy

You’re probably familiar with the Australian skin care brand Aesop. If you’ve heard of it, but not tried any of their products, you should. They use high quality ingredients, many of which are plant-based. They produce a variety of skin, hair and body care products as well as fragrances.
What catches your eyes before trying out their products, is the packaging – everything from the simple typography to the clean and sophisticated finish.
My favourite so far is their Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm which smells amazing and doesn’t leave your hands sticky after use, which is the main reason why I haven’t used much hand lotion over the years. I moved home to Norway last week – which marked the end of my Australian adventure – but luckily to me Aesop opened their first store in Norway a couple of years ago, on Prinsens gate in Oslo. The store was designed by Snøhetta – a Norwegian architecture firm who also designed YME Universe on Karl Johans gate and the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York.

aesop melbourne fitzroy australia body care lotion hand balm natural ingredients skin care quality anti-oxidants nikon d810 sigma 50mm art f1.4

aesop melbourne fitzroy australia body care lotion hand balm natural ingredients skin care quality anti-oxidants nikon d810 sigma 50mm art f1.4

aesop melbourne fitzroy australia body care lotion hand balm natural ingredients skin care quality anti-oxidants nikon d810 sigma 50mm art f1.4