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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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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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Finding my Stride

Well its been a few weeks since my last post, so I am a bit over due. Its been a whirlwind of time here in Oslo. Classes have started while I continue to get situated. I have three classes at the University of Oslo Monday through Wednesday. Its nice having three days of class, as Thursday is kind of dedicated towards completing readings and other assignments, which gives me three days to go explore and have fun. Of my three class, I have Norwegian; Population, Migration and Immigration; Environment and Innovation. […]

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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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Orientation and Beyond

Well today was the first day of class, and if the rest of the semester is like today, it will be a great semester. I have class through Wednesday, with Thursdays and Fridays off. I have a Norwegian class for about three hours on Monday and Wednesday, and on Tuesday I have two geography classes from 8 to noon. I have some open time, so as of right now I am planing on joining a cross country ski club here on campus, along with maybe a kayaking club too, but […]

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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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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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Exploring Berlin

Kinda forgot about posting today, and it’s past my bedtime, so I’ll keep this one a little bit shorter. I’ll just give a quick overview of how Berlin was when I wasn’t on tours or sightseeing. For starters the Berlin metro is super easy to navigate, and I had no problem getting from the airport to my hostel, which was located right by an underground stop. The only tricky thing I’ve noticed going to from city to city is understanding which letters and abbreviations stand for which public transport. But […]

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Differences

There are just two things I’d like to quickly point out because they’ve been on my mind a decent bit the past few days. The first thing I’ve noticed that’s so vastly different from the US over here is the police presence. Not once have I run into a police officer on the streets, or seen a patrol vehicle drive by. I’ve only seen emergency vehicles with sirens on going towards an emergency. I think it’s amazing that these people don’t need cops breathing down their neck to do the […]

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Volunteering

So you East Coast folks apparently got a healthy bit of snow the past couple days. This was at the beginning of about 5 inches of snow that has melted in the past day. The trees were pretty though. I went with some friends last night to go watch the Norway-Canada hockey game at the same sportsbar as always, which was an absolute blast because I was constantly giving the Canadian in our group flak the entire time, even though they won. That atmosphere still has nothing on a Gopher […]

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Ice Skating, Soccer and Much More

So after a long week of classes, including a little fiasco with misplacing my gym bag like an idiot, Thursday evening was spent ice skating in this cute little ice rink behind a school downtown. The university put it on, so it was completely free, which was awesome. What was even better is that it was the first time skating for so many of the international students, so I felt way better that I’m a pretty awful skater, because they make me look like an olympian! The backdrop of the […]

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Orientation in Oslo

Today was probably my favorite experience of this trip so far. The orientation group was given the opportunity to go on a long bus tour of the city, while stopping at some of the cooler places in Oslo. The first stop was the sculpture garden I had already been to. We got to see a fortress that was made in the 1300s to defend against this pirate who is known as the Last Viking. We then went by the harbor and saw the King’s Ship, as well as the opera […]

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Miles:It’s all really the same, except, of course, when it’s not

Some things about classes stay the same, regardless of location. There will always be those over-achievers — the ones who’s hands are almost stuck in a raised position, the ones who get extra nervous before each test, the ones who need to be right. There will always be the slackers — the people who probably could have been more productive being at home, the ones there out of a sense of obligation, not because they care about the material. There will also always be the people in-between. Everyone will always […]

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Miles: Language

In my Gender Equality class, we talk about major issues. We represent ten mother tongues. We never bothered to define “Gender.” At a party, a woman from Mexico and I start speaking in Spanish. I realize that I’m accidentally sticking Norwegian words into my sentences. My good friend says “Well, this girl, I mean, Woman” then says “Damn, Miles, I can always tell when I’ve broken one of your language rules” joking about how I have chosen to try and refer to my peers as women, not girls. I am […]

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Miles: Olso defrost

I blinked and now it’s spring. How did that happen? When I settled into the idea of a semester in Norway, in the back of my mind, I think I figured that it’d be winter forever. Maybe it was self-preservation, maybe it was just ridiculousness—either way, I was ready. I was fully prepared to spend all semester wearing infinite layers and avoiding cold beverages. As a result, I felt incredibly calm about winter in Oslo. I didn’t freak out when it started snowing, I adjusted my walking speeds as needed, […]

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