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Holidays

Norway is weird about Holidays. After having everything closed during a four day stretch around Easter, again on May 1st everything is closed again. I can’t remember the last time I went to the grocery store. In my fridge right now I have an expired half gallon of milk and in my cupboard I have some knock-off Coco Puffs in the shape of Star Wars characters. I’m trying to get back into a normal workout and dietary schedule, and it’s just not happening. I came back from a trip to […]

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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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Nye Magiske Øyeblikk i Norge

1994 is a year Norway will never forget, but most young people around the world have no connection to that year, either they were not born yet, or they were very young. 1994 is the year Norway hosted the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. I recently got to experience the atmosphere in Lillehammer, and let me say it is a small city with big hopes. Much of the city is built with the Olympics in mind, which came useful last year, as Lillehammer once again got to host the Winter Olympics, […]

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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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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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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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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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