Wherever you go, there you are

I’m at Café Laundromat. It’s cold and raining outside but inside the café is buzzing with people’s chatter, jazz music, porcelain, coffee machine and service bells. I’m on my second cup of double mocha and I’ve almost finished all of my apple and maple syrup pancakes. This place is awesome but ridiculously expensive. Just a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice is 48 kroner (thats 6 Euro or 8 USD) but somehow the friendly staff’s funny t-shirts “I don’t do laundry” and the relaxed atmosphere make up for it.

It’s the last day of Easter and people seem to have returned to the city, which was deserted for more than a week. Like a ghost town everything was shut down; offices, supermarkets, tourist informations, museums, hotels, even the newspapers went on leave.

My hotel were one of the few to keep open and I’ve been working every day. I had planned to go to a ski resort with friends but it got so terribly cold and it would get so unnecessary expensive so I cancelled and took on extra hours at work instead.

I don’t mind though. Charlotte and Maria have both been away so I’ve had some time for myself. To think. About the past year. And the year to come.

With 1st of May approaching, I’ve been here almost a year.

And I’m so glad I came.

I found out quite quickly, that his was a place where I could rest my mind and just embrace the days and the opportunities for new friendships, experiences and good times.

It has also given me an opportunity to save money, have a work-out routine and get organized. And it’s been really good for me to have a base, a home shared with two awesome people.

I laugh when Charlotte comes to my room in the morning, wearing a wig or puts on a show. Or when Maria and I walk home giggling from an after-party that ended at 7 a.m. in the morning. Or when I’ve just had a great day at work, or a beautiful run along the river.

Every night, before I close my eyes I say a silent thank you for the day. For all its moments; good or bad. The same things always come to mind: how well and safe I feel and how grateful I am.

More than anything, when I recollect the memories of the day, I think about all the wonderful people in my life and the conversations I have had (there are so many during a day!) and I feel that there is so much support and so much love.

I feel so carefree at the moment, and I am aware that this may, and will change, but believe me, I will profit on every single day that I can say this truly:

Right now, there’s no place I’d rather be than here.