caramelsilver: (Les Miserables: Enjorlas awesome)
So I no longer have a paid-account, first time in two years that I see this really annoying ads. I don't love LJ enough to buy another year, but damn, it is annoying. How serious are people about dreamwidth? Like... could I change journal and not really miss anything? Give me the honest truth?

I spent the weekend in London! And it was marvellous! It was my birthday slash Christmas gift from my parents, and my mum and I took a plane early Friday morning. We spent all of Friday shopping. I think I've never spent so much money on clothes at once before, but I'm so pleased with everything I bought. Because before I left I made a list over what I needed and wanted and then I simply followed it.

Friday evening we saw Les Miserables. I booked the tickets because I wanted to see Ramin Karimloo and Hadley Fraser, so I was a bit disappointed when they announced that Hadley's understudy was on as Javert. But not much can really ruin Les Mis for me, and Shaun Dalton was magnificent! Ramin was really, truly good as well. He has such a wonderful stage presence. Helen Owen was on as Eponine, which I was thrilled about! She was on as Eponine last time I saw it as well, and she's so good. Scott Garnham was on as Enjolras, and since the things I heard of Liam Tamne wasn't all that good, I was happy to see Scott instead.

On Saturday I woke up feeling not all that good, and the morning was spent eating and going to Russell Square to buy books at my favorite bookstore in the world! The prices there are magnificent for a girl who has to pay a 100 kr for every paperback at home. Then we went to the Phantom of the Opera matinee. I already knew that I wouldn't get any of the performers I wanted when I booked the tickets. Earl was off, and Killian was on holiday, so we got the standby Phantom Scott Davies and the understudy Christine Claire Doyle and understudy Raoul Nadim Naaman. Claire and Nadim was fabulous together. I loved their dynamic, they were both so young and sweet together and I totally believed in their love. The Phantom had a glorious voice! But I'm not much of a Phantom girl, so he didn't really grab me all that much. The true star of the show, though, is the sets and the costumes! I've never seen Phantom live before and the sets and the lighting truly blew me away.

I didn't enjoy the show as much as I should, because I sat there with a fever, and the rest of the day wasn't too fun. Sunday was really not fun. And I've been sick all of this week too.

Other news that I've neglected to share with you: I have a job! I now work 80% at a kindergarten. I love it. It's hard work, but a lot of fun. When I willingly go to work with a fever that's a good sign that I'm enjoying what I do.

Fandom:

My Cabaret fic! I'm in love with it and I really want to share it. But not until I get someone to look it over. Because it's been like six months since I last wrote something, and I'd really like for someone to check my grammar. Anyone up for looking over 2000ish word fic? Please?
caramelsilver: (Lewis: tired)
Things I'd do if I was rich, or somebody else:

- Go to London and watch Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and surprisingly perhaps, Legally Blonde. (I just really want to watch it, okey?)

- Go some place warm and forget the world for a week or two.

Things I've done lately by just being me:

- PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL! I watched the simulcast at a cinema in Oslo with my mother last night, and it was utterly fantastic. I enjoyed myself so much! Hadley Fraser as Raoul, OMG, I'm in love. And Ramin was really, really good as the Phantom. And just everything was wonderful! Especially because I didn't expect it to be the staged version. I thought it would be a concert, like Les Mis did last year. So I was so happy and surprised when it wasn't.

No need to say it, but I'm am going to have to buy the Blue-ray as soon as it comes out in November, no doubt about that!

(Check out my Tumblr for more fangirling there!)

- I had my first test of this school year, and I think... I think I did well. Time will tell, but I think I did well. I really, really need good grades this year. It's my last, before I can finally get that damn diploma and go on to study things so I can actually become something and become a functional adult. This is so important, but it's so hard!

- This week is Autumn break and I've promised myself that I'm going to be good and study for most of it. So I shall. I shall.
caramelsilver: (Misc: London)
A little more talk about London! This was my fourth time in that city, and it's still my favourite place on earth. I adore it to pieces and I just feel so very at home there. And since I've been there plenty of times now, I know how to ride the tube without looking like too much of a tourist, I can navigate the West End without the need of a map, and I can calculate the currency in my head (how much would this cost at home?). So this time around I learned something new: You can not ride the Tube in the beginning of June without getting grimy and sweaty and just plain dirty! London is a dirty city, and it doesn't matter how awesome you looked when you left the hotel-room, one trip on the Tube, and your make-up will be running down your face and your clothes clinging to your body. But, on the bright side, you know that everybody around you are having the same problems.

On a random note: I'm pretty sure I walked past Andrew Garfield on Thursday... Unless some of you know for sure that he couldn't have been in London, of course, then I walked past someone who really looked like Andrew Garfield.

I had a simply awesome time in London. I drank ice-coffee and bought cheap books in my favourite little bookshop on Russell Square. I saw Les Miserables and Love Never Dies

The wonderful thing about travelling with my brother is that we don't have to spend every hour together. We ate breakfast together and then went and did things we wanted to do on our own, and then we met up in the afternoon, and had dinner together. He is his mother's son and loves to go around sight-seeing, and just looking at the sights around him. I get bored after an hour, and wants to move on. So while I went shopping, he went and saw Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Wembley. He was on his own for four or five hours and he came back without buying anything! On Saturday we went to Camden market! I'd never been before, and it was great. But hot, and like I said, I get easily bored. So while my brother could've walked and walked and walked for hours, I got us out of there in two hours. We ate food out of the food booths, I tried to eat fish and chips. Not impressed. That was not as good as I imagined it would be. Saturday night, my brother got a ticket to see the England/Switzerland match at Wembley, and I saw Love Never Dies. See how awesome my brother is! He is the perfect travel companion. It definitively won't suck to travel with him again.
caramelsilver: (Les Miserables: Enjorlas awesome)
While I was in London I managed to catch two musicals! We had planned to see Les Miserables and got tickets for that in advance. But Friday night I spontaneously decided to get a ticket for Love Never Dies. I had been thinking about it, of course, but I never made a decision before I left. I don’t have much of a relationship with The Phantom of the Oprah. I own the movie and like it well enough. The reason why Love Never Dies was the other musical I wanted to see was not because of the story, but because Ramin Karimloo plays the Phantom and David Thaxton plays Raoul and I really, really wanted to see both of them. Why? Because both Ramin Karimloo and David Thaxton has played Enjolras in Les Miserables! I saw Ramin in the 25th Anniversary concert, but have never seen David and he’s supposedly the best Enjolras ever. So I really wanted to see him!

And I did!

Oh wow! They were brilliant! Ramin has the most amazing voice, and when he went full force on Till I Hear You Sing, my goosebumps got goosebumps. And David, oh David! Not only is he incredibly yummy to look at, but he has such a presence on stage. Maybe it was just me, because he was fifty percent of the reason why I was there, but whenever he was on stage my eyes never left him. The scene when only Ramin and David was on stage was understandably my favorite. I just sat there and totally fangirled out inside my head.

SPOILERS for Love Never Dies )

Love Never Dies in of itself is not something awesome. It was good. I enjoyed myself immensely, and the sets and costumes and lighting was gorgeous. And my boys were brilliant! And that was the sole reason why I went, so I’m very, very happy.

On Thursday we, my brother and I, went to see Les Miserables. And that was a wonderful experience as well. Except for Simon Bowman as Valjean who was a bit of a disappointment, everyone were great. The cast is brilliant! I was actually mostly looking at them because they do a great job in the background. Master of the House and Lovely Ladies was really, really great. I don’t know who played the Pimp during Lovely Ladies, but he was truly mesmerizing to watch.

Killian Donnelly as Enjolras was marvellous! So good, and when he died, I cried a little, and watching them as ghost during Empty Tables was chilling.

Norm Lewis as Javert was great as well. Very American though. In an all British cast his American accent stood out, especially when he said "lord".

But Simon Bowman... At some points he was really good, not going to take that away from him. But! When he sang Who Am I? he completely cheated on the 24601! I was sitting there waiting for the epic 24601 that always makes my hairs rise and just go yes, here we go! But he... didn’t! I’m not music savvy or anything, so I don’t know the right terminology, but he lay it a few notes lower, so it was horribly anti-climatic. And Bring Him Home... well, at least he hit the notes, but it was so soft, no power behind it, and then he overcompensated on the notes he could hit and powered through those parts and it just... wasn’t right. I’m going to pop in my newly acquired 25th Anniversary dvd and hear Alfie Boe nail all of it now, just to make myself feel better.

But don’t get me wrong! It was a great experience. Les Miz can never disappoint me. It’s always awesome. I was also being a major dork who was mouthing the lyrics while watching. But I really want to see the next cast that comes this fall. Hadley Fraser is coming in to play Javert, and Alfie Boe as Valjean, I hope I’ll find a way to see it, but... I don’t know.

To end on a geeky note: I bought two Les Miserables t-shirts and one Love Never Dies. I am one happy nerdy cookie right now. Some people buy band t-shirts at concerts, I buy musical t-shirts! So now my collection is: Wicked, We Will Rock You, Les Miserables and Love Never Dies. I also bought the collection programe from Love Never Dies, so I could scan some of the pictures if you want me to.
caramelsilver: (Misc: London)
You know what I just realised!? The midseason finale of Doctor Who will air while I'm in London! I get to watch it live when it airs! OMG! Someone has a date with a hotel bed, Ben and Jerry's ice-cream at... when does it air? 6 pm?
caramelsilver: (Misc: girl with the clock)
On Thursday I'm going to London with my brother. I am absolutely besides myself with excitement! We're seeing Les Miserables, which, while not the sole reason, is the main reason why we're going and I CANNOT WAIT!! But, what else should I do? Do you have any suggestions to must dos in London?

And now I'm going to rec a lot of things:

On the internet:

- [livejournal.com profile] narniaexchange has a Tumblr now! Join it! so if you, like me, are spending more time on Tumblr than on LJ you will still be able to keep up with the exchange! (Is it sad that I'm jealous of how many followers it already has? Yes, a bit sad, I'd say.)

- This blog: smart, pretty and awkward is a brilliant advice blog that's just a delight to read. But it on your flist. You won't regret it!

- On Tumblr, I'd recommend adding brotips to your dash. I know many are tired of all these "rules" blogs, but this one is great, smart and not condescending. And yeah, it says bros, but women can be bros too, and the advice is brilliant and poignant most of the time!

To read:

-The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. And if you have read those books, then you should read this brilliant fic: To the Victor, the Spoils by [livejournal.com profile] annakovsky IT'S THE BEST FIC IN THE WORLD! When I finished the books this was exactly what I wanted to read, but I didn't think it would exist. AND THEN IT DID! AND I READ IT AND LOVED IT! And now I'm sad that this is the only one of its kind. It's AU, after the Hunger Games. Peeta is dead and Katniss is the victor, and everything is fucked up, messed up and AWESOME! The pairing is Katniss/Haymitch, sort of. So you're warned about that. But if anyone would like to write me something like this then they are so allowed!

- ALSO! Why did no one tell me about all the wonderful genderfuck fics in The Social Network fandom? [livejournal.com profile] grim_lupine I'm looking at you! Read: my fingertips are holding onto the cracks in our foundation girl!Mark, who decides to embrace the bitch title and gets a killer makeover that shows her (awesome) breasts and all the boys in the yard (Eduardo) are all 0____0 (description found on delicious). This is brilliant and just so good to read! I love it, love it, love it. Written on the kink meme, though, so there's mistakes here and there, and some parts are better than others. But overall, really good and feeds my genderfuck obsession quite nicely ;)

- Lastly. If any of you haven't started to watch Community yet! DO IT, DO IT, DO IT! BEST SHOW EVER AND I'M NOT KIDDING ABOUT THAT. BEST. SHOW. EVER!
caramelsilver: (Pretty: Paul Bettany)
I'm back from London, several thousand kroner poorer, lots of books and clothes richer, and incredibly tired. Just popped in to say, before I sleep, that [livejournal.com profile] narniaexchange sign-ups are up and running. GO OVER THERE AND SIGN UP, I KNOW YOU WANT TO!

And because I love this banner and know it will catch your eye:
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Also, [livejournal.com profile] grim_lupine: I bought Generation Kill and so far it's really good! Such an awesome and compelling read. Thanks for recommending it. Now I can't wait to finish it so I can watch the tv-series.

LONDON

Jun. 2nd, 2010 07:03 pm
caramelsilver: (Misc: London)
I'M GOING TO LONDON TONIGHT!! I AM SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED! I have a huge shopping list, and a much smaller to do list. Me and my cousin is going to have a blast, and it seems like the weather gods are on our side because reports says SUN!

So I'll be gone for the next four days, but when I come back I'll start [livejournal.com profile] narniaexchange sign-ups, so look forward to that!

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caramelsilver: (Doctor Who: Eleven and Amy)
I did well on my Norwegian exam today, and now I have a week off, where three of those days will be spent in London.

We had summer weather today, so when I came home from my work out, I slipped on my bikini and got some sun and read a book. It was lovely!

I have discovered something... I think I ship Matt Smith and Karen Gillan! Like a lot people! Maybe more than I ship Eleven/Amy... And what's even more distressing is that there's almost no fic. How can there be no fic? THEY ARE SO ADORABLE! This is kind of distressing for me, because I don't do RPF. But I can't help myself, I just can't. So please fandom, produce some more fic! (Here, have this awesome, lovely, the best out of the three fics I found, Matt/Karen fic: your plus one by [livejournal.com profile] th_esaurus. I love the way this is written, and they way she wrote Matt.)

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PIMP IT PEOPLE!
caramelsilver: (Misc: London)
IN ONE WEEK I'LL BE IN LONDON!!! I'm so excited! I can't wait to see Frankie Boyle. And I'll shop until I drop. I'm going to buy lots of books, dvds, and clothes.

I'm also going to make a Eurovision Song Contest drinking game! It will be awesome and I'll post it tomorrow.
caramelsilver: (Misc: travel)
I'm home after four hectic days in London. My feet are still sore, but I'm oh so pleased with everything else. I really truly love London. It's my favourite city in the world.

The Tube is brilliant, beside the small fact that having to stand in a crowded cart for several stops on sore feet is torture, every city should get something similar.

If there is one thing the british is world-class at then it's queuing. To quote Andy Parsons: "There's two things the english is good at: moaning and queuing. And we que so we have something to moan about!" Now I have not encountered a lot of moaning. I've discovered that if you smile and apologize no one gets mad at you. But the queuing! It's so so fantastic. Their queuing system is the best ever. The entire world should adopt their system! Except from the right, because queuing from the left is just unnatural. Had it not been for the lovely signs saying: "Please que here!" mum and me would always come from the right.

We spent most of our time shopping- I'm sure you're all shocked- but we also managed to take a trip to Madame Tussaud. It was quite fun, except I've discovered how little I care about these celebrities, and I do not need to take a picture with their wax-look-a-like! But we did get to take a picture of us in the style of an Andy Warhol painting.

I bought seven books! One of them was Frankie Boyle's autobiography "My Shit Life So Far". I finished it on the flight home and I really liked it. (Today I bought tickets for Frankie Boyle's 2010 tour: "I Would Happily Punch Every One of You In the Face" in June. I might just go to London by myself, or I'll bring my brother. No matter, I will have a good time! If I wasn't broke when I came home last night, I am now.)

On Friday we saw Wicked. It was marvelous. The costumes and the set was so pretty. It was great.

We also discovered the HMV which is heaven for DVD-lovers. I had a small nerd-gasm! DVD's everywhere and it was all so incredibly cheap! I bought the first season of the Big Bang Theory for £15! That's 135 kr! That's what I have to pay for a movie here! And I got an entire season! It's the most awesome thing ever. I also bought Mock the Week Too Hot For TV and the Office season 3 for my friend.

I've gotten lots of new clothes including tights that's made to look like jeans, which is brilliant for me, since I can't wear skinny jeans, so this is the closest I get and it really do look like I'm wearing skinny jeans!

London. It was so much fun. I'm so tired right now, but really pleased.
caramelsilver: (Star Trek: Doctor McCoy)
*I finished the first draft of my genderfuck Star Trek Kirk-as-a-girl/McCoy fic. YAY me! I've been writing this fic since early June! So nice to finally have finished it.

*I so want to go see Peter Doherty 6th of December. I'm not really a huge fan, but I just really, really want to go. But the stupid thing is that all my friends who loves music is not old enough. (You have to be 18 to get in.) I think I'm gonna try and convince K to go with me, even though he might not like the music. It's TWO days before my birthday! Surely I can get him to come with me as an early birthday present?

*FIVE DAYS UNTIL LONDON, PEOPLE!! Can't fucking wait!!
caramelsilver: (squishy)
I've been home a while now, and been so lazy, I haven't had the energy to tell you all about London. But thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dieloreley who is demanding to know, I'm doing it now=)

London was awesome. Just wow. I loved it so much. Everything was so cheap! That was what struck me the most. We bought so much yet it felt like we didn't use anything, because if you were to compare it to what we would have to pay for it in Norway it was nothing. 1 £ = 10 kr! And to my immense delight the books, I found this cute little store were they sold classics for nothing at all! I bought 3 books for 5 £, that's 50 kr. You know what I can get for 50 kr? I can take the buss to Oslo and buy an ice cream! When I buy books here I have to pay 99 kr. for one. So safe to say I bought many books. I had 7 books with me back in my suitcase.

I bought other things too. We found this store, Premark I think it was called. And wow, it was cheap. And a lot of people there. Seriously, I had trouble breathing in the most crowded places. But I got 5 t-shirts and some other stuff to under 200 kr! At home I would only get one t-shirt for that!

We did other thing than shopping too though.

We arrived late Thursday night and took the Gatwick express to Victoria Station. From there we took the Tube to our hotel. We did figure out how to do it. If we used the entire train ride to interpret the tube map, we do not speak of it. Who said women can't read maps? (I'm actually not so bad at it. And geography which is my most hated subject! In our year book my quote was: "Zzzz! I *hate* geography!" (This was at the time when I was starting to be sick and I fell asleep on my desk.)) As fun as taking the Tube was, I have to say that it was very tiring to lift my suitcase up and down all those stairs.

Friday, we took the Tube to the Tower of London. (It was the only tourist-y thing we did. Next time we'll do more.) Unfortunately I get sore feet very fast. My poor feet is not used to be used so much! So we only saw the Crown Jewels. And man, those are pretty. And we went into the White Tower and saw all the weapons and armory. Henry VII's armor? All I have to say, "Yeah, right." After that I could not walk anymore and we took the Tube to Oxford Street were we ate lunch at a pub before we went shopping. I walked a lot that day. It has been ages since I walked that much.

Saturday, we took a taxi to Oxford Street. (I had had enough of the Tube.) The taxi ride was also very cheap...! We shopped a little, but my feet was sore from last day's walking. I switched shoes though, smart move. And besides, we were going to the matinè of Les Misèrable.

Les Misèrables: W-O-W! That is the best musical I've ever seen. It was so freakin awesome. I got chills. I laughed, cried and clapped to my hands was sore. And the music. The first thing I did when I came home was to download the music and I listen to it on replay all day. The voices. Just wow. If you ever get the chance to go see it you should. You will not be disappointed. I totally have to read the book now!

Sunday was really just a travel day. We checked out and took a taxi to Victoria Station. Ate brunch there and then took the train to Gatwick airport.

London was fabulous. I did not want to leave. I loved being able to talk english, and just listen to the people around me. I have a dream that when I get healthy I'll go study in London.

I'll post the few digital pictures when my mum upload them from her cellphone.

packing

May. 28th, 2008 04:09 pm
caramelsilver: (Default)
I'm leaving for London tomorrow!! I'm so excited. And I need to pack, but I always work best under pressure so I'll probably do it tonight.
caramelsilver: (oliver twist)
I just realized that I haven't told you guys that in a week I'm going to London! Yay, I've never been there before and I'm so looking forward to it. Me and my mum is spending four days there, we are going shopping and most importantly we are going to see Les Miserable! *Squee* I love musicals so much and this one I haven't seen, so I'm all jittery with excitement. And I have to start thinking about packing. What to bring... Is it cold there? Hmmm... Reason I haven't talked about it is because at first it was very uncertain when we were going to go. (Mum spent an eternity before even booking a hotel!) Then there was the airport strike, (it's over now) and then suddenly it's a week away! So, I'm really looking forward to it!!

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