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Girl on left: Two months ago we were on a train from Oslo to Kristiansand, returning home from a handball competition.

There was a really cute guy on the train, but I did not have the courage to speak to him. Luckily, while I was talking to my coach and some other players, he started laughing at something we said, so I walked up to him. It was the perfect excuse to start a conversation.

After a few minutes, I sat next to him and we laughed the whole way back to Kristiansand. Now we are are together and he is great! I really do love him.
Girl on left: Two months ago we were on a train from Oslo to Kristiansand, returning home from a handball competition. There was a really cute guy on the train, but I did not have the courage to speak to him. Luckily, while I was talking to my coach and some other players, he started laughing at ...
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"I am skating here. WHAT is your problem?"

I could not argue with that, so I replied: "The street is yours bro, the street is yours..." 

(After all, those Angry Birds shoes alone would scare me off....)
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About 15 years ago I was supposed to go to Britain and Ireland with a friend. A few days before leaving, she decided not to go so my brother said he would.

We spent ten days on trains, sleeping in hostels and walking around with backpacks. It was the best vacation and we got to know each other in a completely different way because when we were kids, all we did was argue. 

Most people we met thought we were a couple because we look completely different and were such good friends. No one could believe that we were siblings.

Great memories!
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About nine years ago I was drinking at my apartment with a so called "friend". We ran out of alcohol and all of sudden he got very angry and took it out on me smashing my head against walls, glass windows and bottles. 

My leg was so badly damaged that it had to be amputated. I still have deep scars and bruising under my eyes so I wear glasses to cover them because make up does not work. 

Can you believe that this dangerous man who completely ruined my life, only got three years in prison?
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It is important that the guys can get together and have a beer every once in a while. As men, we need that. 

Do not get me wrong, I do love my wife and two kids, but I also love a beer and my 21 foot Nidelv boat! http://www.humansofkristiansand.com/a-beer-with-the-guys-is-important/
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I have an eight year old daughter with down syndrome and she loves martial arts! For the past three years she has been going to classes and has a very helpful and understanding coach. Her older brother has been doing it for many years and she was instantly hooked when she tried it for the first time. 

Me: That is fantastic. There might be other families out there that have a new born child with down syndrome. Do you have any advice for them?
Guy: Absolutely. Down syndrome children are amazing. They have qualities that outshine any doubt people could possibly have about them. Some parents choose to abort the pregnancy when they find out about the syndrome through ultrasounds, but my advice is that you will love them no less when they are born.

My daughter opens up to me like no other child can. Of course I love my children equally, but she is Daddy's little girl.

When she was just three months old, she had two major heart defects so they operated straight away and she nearly died. But, now her heart is 100%. It is amazing what doctors can do these days.

She does have trouble with hearing and a little with her eyesight, but that does not stop her determination or love.

Each day I spend with her, I become a better person and better father.
I have an eight year old daughter with down syndrome and she loves martial arts! For the past three years she has been going to classes and has a very helpful and understanding coach. Her older brother has been doing it for many years and she was instantly hooked when she tried it for the first ...
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I am proud to announce that the new Humans of Kristiansand website is finished! woohoo! 
Historiene bak folk i Kristiansand. Pictures and little stories from everyday people in Kristiansand. (Inspired by Humans of New York). Humans of Kristiansand is all about the REAL people of Kristiansand. The people you will see have not prepared for this, so what you see is what you get.
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My girlfriend and I bought a brand new apartment in Lauvåsen.
We were wasting money paying rent, so decided to buy something of our own. 

Our apartment came complete with furniture as it was a showroom for the complex. The other apartment owners got a 50,000 kr voucher to use at Ikea and we only got 4000kr. We did not care about that because putting together Ikea furniture takes forever!

Me: I guess it took a long time to find the perfect home?
Guy: Actually, no. We bought the first one we looked at!
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Before my first solo-global journey in 1997, my mother gave me a St Christopher traveling saint locket. Its spirit is supposed to keep me safe and I have kept it in my wallet ever since.

By 2004, I had circled the globe many times without a problem until a trip from Bali. I was about to leave a hotel in Kuta when I realised that I could not find the locket. I looked everywhere and thought it was gone. I tried to forget about it and got on the flight.

About two hours into the flight, there was continuous lightning very close to the aircraft and probably the worst turbulence I have ever experienced. The captain got onto the speaker and screamed "Everyone to your seats NOW!" I have never heard a pilot speak to the passengers like that before, so I began to think. Passengers were screaming and the first thing I thought about was the missing locket. I honestly thought my time was up. 

The lightning and turbulence continued for about ten minutes and when it was finally over, I had a very strong whisky. When we landed and I unpacked my things, I found the locket at the bottom of my bag. 

Ever since that flight, I have had a fear of flying (even though I still have the locket).
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I had a long chat with this guy in town today. He has a big heart and a bright future ahead of him...

"The biggest problem I am facing is my self confidence. It dates back to when I was four years old and I lost my big brother to leukaemia. He was seven at the time. His passing really affected me and I did not get any emotional support from my father. 

He is an African American and my mother is Norwegian and growing up as a kid I saw him in fights all the time. He was angry at the world for various reasons one of which was that he was mistreated badly as a child. Back in the day some Norwegians were quite racist and my Dad did not like it, so he took his anger out on them and hurt a lot of people. 

I will never justify his actions but I know that deep down inside he is a good man despite letting his anger get the best of him. I believe that as human beings we are born good hearted and all we want in life is to be loved, to be appreciated and to be happy. Sometimes in the pursuit of those things people make mistakes and somewhere down the road, we lose control of who we really are in nature. I had a lot of suppressed anger as a kid, even dating back to kindergarden, because of the emotional stress I faced as a foreign kid in school, being bullied daily, losing my brother and my Dad. 

It seemed that bad things happened one after another. My grades were bad so people judged me on that apart from two teachers that have convinced me that I can do well in life. Even so, I always managed to keep a smile on my face, no matter what. 

Now I am grateful for all that has happened, it has made me the man I am today and it has made me realize who I want to be and who not be. My dream is to become a musician and I want to inspire people through my music. I have so many feelings and thoughts that words can't explain, only through music am I actually capable of expressing myself on a much deeper level. 

Friends tell me that what I produce is great and that helps, but I am never satisfied with my work, it is never good enough, but I know I have a long way to go towards perfection and I know that my light will shine bright some day and when it does, it will shine forever. I just need to believe in myself and keep my chin up. All I want is to be happy. Music makes me happy so I am taking that path."
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