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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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