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Jonathan in Norway

Safety

Hey everyone. It’s been long enough since my last real post about what’s been going on here in Oslo, so I thought I would give you an update. I haven’t traveled lately. I’ve enjoyed that. I’ve explored so much more of Norway and the city I’m in, it’s been well worth it to stay a while. As for news here, most of you heard about the Swedish terror attacks that took place in the middle of Stockholm. The attack, as I’m sure you know, involved a stollen supply truck running […]

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Visitors

I haven’t updated in a while and in the time since, I’ve been asked if I’ll keep this going when I inevitably come back to the United States. For the time being, I would say Minneblog will be a thing after I get back and that’s for a couple of reasons. The first is obvious. I really like doing this. I was a writer for the Wake, the Odyssey and the Minnesota Daily before this (all campus-based papers in Minnesota, although the Odyssey has branches all around the US). Afterwards […]

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Being a Dirty Street Creature – A memoir by Jonathan Tvedt

Now that I’ve finished looking through all the South Padre snap stories, I figured I would write this quick post before I took a shower and deleted all of my social media forever (kidding, mostly). I got back last week from a trip to Italy. I flew in on Sunday to stay in Florence with Lana (longtime friend from the U) and her roommates in Florence, and their flat with 20 foot ceilings and a view of a nice (slightly noisy) club across the narrow Florence street. It’s interesting to […]

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I suck at traveling, and other fun things in Europe

I think the last time I posted I was going to Finland soon. Well Finland was rad. We landed Friday night to a pretty wild central station. Finland, right away, seemed a lot edgier than I had thought. It wasn’t what I had been expecting after coming from Oslo, but it was cool change up. The city itself had a lot more Russian influence than the previous cities we visited. It was easy to tell that right away. Finland didn’t feel like Scandinavia, it had it’s own feel. The architecture, […]

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Weekly Update: 13.2.17

Short post today. This was my first weekend spent in Oslo in 3 weeks, and it was much needed. I finally got my haircut after it was the longest its been since I’ve been in college. I wondered over to a haircut place I was recommended only to find they were booked solid for the entire weekend. Since I was pretty set on getting the haircut done on Friday, I kept wandering around a little more. A few blocks down the same street there was a bumping little barbershop on […]

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“Who do you know here?” Stockholm Edition

Busy few days in Norway. To start, I finally had a full week of law courses. They went well, almost too well. It’s a lot of reading, a lot of case study, but I really like it. I feel like I’m in the right field. Women’s Rights and Human Law is an important class, for multiple reasons. Norway has the greatest gender equality in the world, and problems still persist. It shows, in context, how far we still need to go. It’s imperative to not take any steps back in […]

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End of the first month

It’s hard to believe that in a few days, my first month in Norway will be over. It’s even harder to believe that this is the longest I’ve ever been away from home. With that in mind, it’s probably a good thing that I’m here for another 5 or so months (see you all on the 4th of July, btw). I’ve decided to dedicate this post to recapping everything that I haven’t written about so far in the month of January, so here we go. I don’t want this entire […]

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Outside looking in

This will be a quick post. Sitting in Norway its very easy to tell women have an equal place in society. Erna Soldberg is the current Prime Minister. Crime against women is apparently low. The gender pay gap here is the lowest in the OECD. With that said, I’m amazed that the hearts of the people here still break for the women in the US, so much so that sister marches press on here, as well as so many other countries around the world. Its truly amazing. For the women […]

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The first 2 weeks: Struggles

Let me preface this post by saying I love it here. The people are rad, the country is beautiful, and the $30 lunch plates are usually pretty good! With that being said, there have been some struggles along the way that have really…rounded out…. this experience. Here they are. I broke my phone the first week I got here. I woke up one morning to a damp side table, destroying my travel journal, my orientation papers, and best of all my phone! Waking up to not having any real mobile […]

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A difference in seating arrangements

On my 6th day in Norway I was given the opportunity to tour the Norwegian parliament building. These are my takeaways. I remember from time to time in school learning about the Scandinavian societies and how their governments are run. We’re always taught that these are the happiest nations in the world. They lack the gun violence we’ve become desensitized to. They have amazing standards for women’s rights, and their carbon footprint is minimal at worst. For me, having an Americanized education, and growing up to believe this prosperity, it […]

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The First 11 Days

Last week the University of Minnesota reached out to students going abroad, asking for consent to re-publish our experiences on the Learning Abroad blog page. I wasn’t sure if I would write down any of this semester in a blog or any sort of public forum, but since I won’t be taking any journalism classes this semester, I figure I should stay up on my major in some fashion. Right, so last week I got on a plane to Iceland. Interestingly enough, there are no direct flights from Minnesota to […]

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