Bruk stemmeretten din!

Mamma og tidligere statsminister, Jens Stoltenberg 5 uker etter 22. Juli terrorhendelsene (2011) Foto: Tore Sandberg

13-09-2021 kl. 17.00

Siden jeg kom hjem fra skolen, har vi snakket de siste timene om hva denne dagen betyr for oss som familie. Det er valgdag - og det er beste eksempel på demokrati i praksis, sa mamma. Alt terroristen forsøkt å ødelegge 22. Juli er hva denne dagen handler om - å bruke stemmeretten er å vise at vi lar ikke terroristen og hans meningsfeller bestemme hvordan vi skal leve i Norge uansett hvem som blir valgt. Det er folket som bestemmer, ikke enkelt individer, forklarte også pappa.

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Remembering Sharidyn, Dupe and Birgitte

21-07-2020 17:00 pm

Today, my family and I commemorated 10 year memorial since my sister Sharidyn was killed on the island of Utøya in Norway. The commemoration was held in Bragernes church in Drammen. 

Click here to read about our special memorial for Sharidyn, Dupe and Birgitte.

Remembering Sharidyn, Dupe and Birgitte at Bragernes church (2021) Photo credit: S. Moratti

Our grand-dad singing with Sydney

Sharidyn and our grand-dad Ingvar on her 13th birthday (2010) Photo credit: O.R Bøhn

12-06-2021

Seconds after I started filming Sydney and grand-dad singing, he suddenly stopped. When I looked at our beautiful grandfather, he was crying, and I stopped filming. Sometimes we forget that our grandfather has lived his long life of almost 88 years, and experienced more loss in his life than I have in mine. My grandparents have buried both their parents, grandparents, siblings and even worse their own son and grand-daughter, my sister. Grand-dad said that the worse than outliving his family, was having to bury his child and gandchild - and live the life that they should have had. My grand-dad remembers singing Barn av regnbuen with Sharidyn when she was little. After a few moments, our very brave grand-dad started singing with Sydney.

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Letters to two PM, a King, a Crown Prince and a President

10-06-2021

Sydney thought that since Sharidyn had sent a letter to the Mayor of Drammen, Tore Opdal Hansen (in 2009), and I had sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg (in 2014), then she could also send a letter. Her words: Isn't that how we do things in our family, we write letters? But of course our little sister had to out-do her big sisters. Sharidyn and I only sent one letter, Sydney sent a dozen! And not just to one Prime Minister (or Mayor), Sydney wrote handwritten letters to two Prime Ministers (Norway and New Zealand), a King and Crown Prince, and a President, to mention a few.

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Mine and Sydney's interview with DT (2021) Photo credit: T. Sandberg

Othilie's debut song, Inspire Me

Beautiful Othilie (2021) Photo credit: O. Raaen Oegema

09-06-2021

Have you heard Othilie's new song, Inspire me?

I feel very honoured to highlight on my blog Norway's up-and-coming artist, and a family friend of ours, Othilie Raaen Oegema.

If you haven't heard of Othilie or her song, here is your chance. 

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Honouring our soldiers!

08-05-2021 10.30 pm

It is easy to take for granted the freedoms that we enjoy, when we live in a country without war and democracy is our way of life. But more than 80 years ago, Europe was at war and Norway had been invaded by the Nazi's. My grandparents were both 7 years of age when the war found it's way to the shores of Norway. My great-grandfather was barely 18 years of age - old enough to be a soldier.

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Thank you for your service! (2021) Photo credit: S. Svebakk-Bøhn

My Dad

Deep discussion with dad about his shoes. (2020) Photo credit: V. Svebakk

15-03-2021 15:00 pm

After dad’s last surgery, dad was convinced that he was now cancer-free. Mum refused to be fooled. Life isn’t always that kind, she said. 6 weeks later, and dad was told that he now had three new cancerous tumors in his liver. Over the last 4 weeks, he has been preparing mentally and physically for yet another surgery, and it hasn’t been easy. Anyone that knows my dad, would most likely not describe dad as a “fighter”. My mum is! Survivor, fighter, superhero – basically the same. Maybe my dad isn't the "fighter-type" like my mum, but I know dad won’t give up fighting - because we won’t. We are only 8 months in since dad was diagnosed. For us it seems like a lifetime has already passed. We can’t give up. We refuse to give up for dad but also for us, because once we are over the humps called Covid and cancer, then I want to travel the world again with both my parents and do all the things that we used to do - with dad.

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In loving memory

22-07-2020 08:23 am

In spring of 2019, mum asked me if I wanted to do the interview for the promotional video. Mum knew that it would be hard for me, and was unsure if I would say yes. But I trust my mum, and I know how much work and energy that she had put into developing her project, the interview questions, testing out the different settings for the promo, and everything else that goes hand-in-hand with her project. If the promo-video was successful, then mum's Memory project would be the guideline for a short-film project primarily with the July 22 bereaved families.

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My uncle Shanon working on mum's Memory project (2019) Photo credit: V. Svebakk

Beauty of Norway!

Me at Kvassheim Lighthouse (2020) Photo credit: O. R Bøhn

19-07-2020 9.00 am

We are a family that likes to travel alot. We have been really fortunate to visit different countries in and around Europe, as well as in 2013, we travelled around the world following the sun for an entire year.

I have shared a few photos, some travel-tips and a little about our west and south coast adventures/holiday in one of the most beautiful parts of Norway. Thank you to our parents for always giving us our wonderful experiences and precious childhood memories we will always treasure.

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Happy 23rd Birthday Sharidyn!

17-07-2020 8.30 pm

Every year we remember my sister and the day of her birth, regardless of where we are! Happiest and saddest day of our year - and doesn't begin to describe how painful it is for my parents, in particular for my mum. Every year she puts on a brave face (for herself and for us). But if you can be bothered to look close enough, the heartache of having lost a child she gave birth to and raised is easy to see.

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At Sharidyns grave (2020) Photo credit: S. Svebakk-Bøhn

Songs of Hope Concert

Artists: Almir Meskovic & Daniel Lazar Duo feat. Ingrid Jasmin Vogt (2020) Photo Credit: S.Svebakk-Bøhn

13-06-2020 11.00 pm

Today I had my very first job taking photos of the Songs of Hope Concert organised by Interkultur Drammen. A big huge thank you to hotel director at Scandic Ambassadeur Drammen, Johanna Skjelsbek for an amazing opportunity. 

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Chatting with the Crown Prince of Norway!

03-06-2020 8.30 pm

It is not everyday that you get a message "the Crown Prince of Norway" would like to speak with you. Today, I was one of 4 very lucky teenagers in the whole of Norway whom were chosen and asked to have a sit-down-chat with Prince Haakon Magnus. I can't ever remember being so nervous as I was today, and I had to go to school for a few hours first.

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Me chatting with the Crown Prince of Norway in my room (2020) Photo Credit: V.Svebakk

Celebrating Norway's National Day during Corona!

Me and my little sister, Sydney (2020) Photo Credit: O.R Bøhn

17-05-2020

Just like everything else, the global corona-pandemic put a kink in the works for celebrating Norway's national day. But like everyone else - it didn't stop my family from celebrating our constitution today, minus all the usual speeches.

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Happy birthday Sharidyn!

17-07-2019 10.00 am

Today, like all of Sharidyns birthdays is an important day - because it is a reminder that my sister lived. Today is the day my mum gave birth to her firstborn daughter. So I'm going to hug my mum a little tighter today, and shower her with all the love that I know that she has in her heart for Sharidyn on this very special day.

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Happy 22nd Birthday Sissi

When is "hate speech" not hate speech?

Picture quote (2019) Photo Credit: Unknown

05-05-2019 8:18 pm

When is hate speech, hate speech? Is it only hate speech when a mass murderer uses the words "fucking socialists", but it is more acceptable as a joke when the Norwegian Minister of Finance uses the exact same words at a party? To make matters worse, the same comments spread like weed throughout my news feed on facebook, almost like the Minister of Finance's comments had started a movement/trend and people were making jokes of her comments.

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Victims of Terrorism

05-05-2019 11:25 am

Creating awareness about the victims of terrorism has been important to me, because I have negative experiences of some people thinking that we are not "victims" because it was my sister that was killed and not us, or even worse "that we play victims". Not only are statements like that insensitive and down right rude, but it is also devalues our relationship to my sister. No family, including mine choose "our life". We were forcibly victimised because of hate and intolerance. People that "shame-blame" the "victims" because they are victims, are in my opinion - fueling hate and intolerance, and deliberately re-traumatising the victims with the intent of hurting them.

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Me and my big sister (2016) Photo and Caption Credit: V.Svebakk

I thank you!

Me and my big sister, Sharidyn (2008) Photo Credit: V.Svebakk

04-05-2019 09:15 am

In little over a month, it will be my 15th birthday. Last year I celebrated my 14th birthday, and was officially older than my sister, Sharidyn. This past year I dedicated to my sister - simply put, I chose to live for me and for Sharidyn.

For more than a year, I have had a blog where I have shared what's in my heart about Sharidyn, about what life has been like for families like mine, and all the things that I've done to create awareness and advocate for the victims. It has been a very long road, and it has NOT been easy. Not everyone I know, or met have been kind or compassionate. I've experienced "things" in the past year that would horrify most normal people.

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New and improved: Blog update

28-04-2019 10:23 pm

Today I have updated, re-organised and posted new articles and photos to my blog. For those that regularly read my blog, you will notice the changes to the format and that most of my articles have been structured under new headings. Each time I write something new, or re-write an article that I have already  posted, I find new things or ways to communicate the thoughts in my head. 

Thank you to everyone that takes the time to "pop-in". ❤

Until next time.

Savannah S.B

 

Me at Ypsilon Bridge in Drammen (2019) Photo Credit: O.R Bøhn

Welcome to my NEW blog

Recently I received a message that my previous blogsite was in the process of being deleted. After a little back and forth discussions with my non-blogging parents, they gave me permission to set up a blog website under my own name. Pretty awesome parents huh? Of course, they have restrictions. They have learn't a few of my tricks since my first blog - let you know what those are later.

I will continue to blog in both English and Norwegian. I tried translating some of my previous articles, but found that it was too "time-consuming". So for those that are interested in my articles written in Norwegian, you get the general gist using google translate. Anyway, I hope that people enjoy my new site and reading my teenage ramblings.

Until next time.

Savannah SB

A little about ME

20-03-2019 8:46 pm

I am 14 years of age, and a fairly normal teenager, born and bred in Drammen, Norway with ethnic roots in New Zealand.

My interests are many but I particularly love to read and travel, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures.

Me (2016) Photo Credit: V.Svebakk