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University Study in Norway

Velkommen til Norge

Well I made it, I am finally here in beautiful Norway adjusting to life. I’ve already been here for about three days now, and I absolutely love Oslo. From the first point I stepped off the plane, I have been nothing but impressed by Norway. The airport felt so homey, as it combined modern architecture with classic Norwegian architecture and woods. Its also really convenient to get from the airport to Oslo, as the airport Gardemoen is far outside the city between mountains in the middle of a forest. The […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey friends and family! In Norway, today is just another day, and it’s my first time not spending Thanksgiving with those I love. Aside from missing out on turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, bread rolls, and cranberry ice, I can still take a few moments to be thankful for how lucky I am to be in Norway and to have such wonderful friends and family, old and new. I’m especially thankful to my parents who have been supportive of me with my education choices and helping me enjoy Norway as much […]

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Viking Love

Hey friends and family! I apologize sincerely for the long absence. A lot has been going on, and the next few posts will be getting caught up. However, I’ve been wanting to post pictures, and my laptop thoroughly disagreed with that idea in the form of crashing repeatedly every time I tried to upload something. Perhaps the biggest news of late is that I have a boyfriend. He’s Danish and currently living in Denmark. Despite the odds, I couldn’t ask to be with anyone else. But, dating a non-American still […]

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Welcome to Cell Block 5

My apologies for the lack of blog posts lately…to be honest I am not entirely sure what happened to the month of October.  Time is most definitely flying here in Norway! The blog below will give a brief description of my adventures and shenanigans over the past month. Drammen and Sandefjord: The Language Barrier September 23rd: Travel Mom, Dad, Gram, Gramp, and little Danielle all traveled to Boston to catch their flight to Oslo. Me, well I was doing the same thing except I departed from Bergen.  My flight was […]

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Lessons, Observations, and Experiences

Here are a few situations in which I attempted to make lemons here in Norway: Lesson one: The automatic sliding doors here aren’t quite as responsive as the ones I’m used to in the US. Typically I am a pretty slow walker, just ask my sister Liz I think it infuriates her the most.  I am a wanderer and proud of it, but when I am on a mission I can move quite fast.  Sometimes a bit too fast.. the amount of times I’ve taken out my hip on a […]

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Church Family

Hey friends and family! After over a month of searching, I have finally found a church I can call home. It was a great relief to hear familiar tones and to enter a holy place where I didn’t feel out of place. Even though I think I’ve been doing a good job at adapting to life in Norway, it was a wonderful feeling to go through regular motions feeling confident of what I was doing. As with any social interaction in this country though, it is hard to break into. […]

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Sognsvann

Hey friends and family! A couple weekends ago, I hiked up to Sognsvann, a lake about five minutes north of Kringsjå. It was an absolutely gorgeous day at 18C and sunny. After a week of rainy and cold weather, it was great to finally spend some time outdoors, and all the local Norwegians had the same idea  For a lot of people, they brought the whole family plus the family dog. It was wonderful to see so many young kids running around and playing on the beach. There was no […]

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Welcome to Bergen..Norway..Europe..The world.

Moving 3,374 miles (5429.9267km for my new European friends ;)) to a new country comes paired with quite the culture shock…and, of course, you can never really be prepared.  So here is the story of my humorous adaptation to Norwegian society. Adventure 1: My first day here, Linn took me to the grocery store to stock my empty kitchen.  Though I was aware of the exchange rate, seeing a carton of eggs priced at 49, 90 NOK still gave me a mini heart attack.  After calculating the exchange in my […]

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And so it begins…

New Places are grand but getting there…now that’s an adventure. Before I get on with sharing my experiences in Norway I’d like to extend a shout out to my friends and family. The day before my departure, my family and friends, Lindsey and Hannah surprised me with a Bon Voyage party and they helped me pack! I am so grateful for all of these people in my life and all they do for me each and every day. Now onto the Norwegian adventures: Phase 1: Getting to Norway. I think […]

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First Observations

It’s been two weeks since I arrived here in Oslo. This past week was Orientation Week, Fadderuke in Norwegian. In between a few parties, touring the city, and getting to know the area, I’ve been trying to become a little more Norwegian. Public Transportation: Aside from just learning the bus, tram, and metro lines, Norwegians sit on the bus a little differently than in America. Personal space is important here, and people generally don’t want to sit next to strangers. On the bus, there are typically only two people occupying each row […]

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Finals, Literally

It’s been a fun week or so! My Step-Mom and Dad came to visit me, and I took one of my final two exams (the fun in that is that it’s over now). Dad and Sarah came from Norway’s American colony (Minnesota) late last week. After reuniting we started finding our way across Oslo. I got to show them the places I thought were worthwhile, and they humored my playing tour guide. We saw Viking ships, the Scream, the Royal Palace, a cool island in the fjord, a cool walk […]

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Update: One for Three

Well, it’s been a few days since I last updated the whole world on the happenings in my life. The work hasn’t stopped, I’ve been studious and completed the final two essays I will ever write in my Undergrad career. I must say, my writing skills have improved measurably since being a baby freshman. So, thanks for that, University of MN. Now my focus is on studying for my two beastly exams at the end of May. One down and two to go, so close to being done! I can hardly believe […]

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Procrastination

Many of us are too familiar with procrastination, the series of compromises which leads most college students to Netflix or naptime. It’s the reason I’m writing this instead of working on the essays I am responsible for. Not to worry though, this last week I have been a recluse working on the final essays of this semester. I cannot believe that these will be the last I write as an undergraduate! I did take a break this weekend to go for a nice hike on saturday, and walk around the […]

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I’m Still Doing Things!

As I write this, I am rubbing my itchy eyes, sniffling, and remembering that I am not immortal. Spring has finally sprung here in Viking territory. And, as if to answer a question that I had forgotten to ask… yes, apparently Norwegian pollen treats me the same way as the stuff in America. Yet my window is still wide open. Why you wonder? Because the weather has been amazing these past few days! We hit nearly 20 degrees celsius (over 60 fahrenheit) which is a big deal here in the […]

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Travel: Part 2, Riga

After a night in the cramped quarters of our room on the ferry, arriving and disembarking felt great. We, along with all of our new eastern european pals, walked off the boat into cloudy and overcast Latvia. The city was very interesting, more on that later. The decision to use Airbnb was a good one. We found an apartment advertised as “HUGE” on the website, and we weren’t disappointed. We stayed in the middle of Rïga’s Old Town, each had our own bedrooms with large beds, and a kitchen. It […]

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