The biggest culinary and food growth in Oslo over the years has to be in and around Grünerløkka. The array of foods, ingredients that stretch beyond the Nordic zone and quality of products has definitely influenced the menus of cafes and eating places. This also has given life to a variety of cuisines, making the area an exciting place to explore on days when you feel curious and want to get out … [Read more...]
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Moods & Foods
Vicki has lived around the world but now enjoys exploring Norwegian cuisine in Oslo.
A Mexican in Norway
Gerardo moved from northern Mexico to central Norway. This is his story.
A New Life in Trondheim
Dave Smith is a former US Marine and avid adventurer now living in Norway.
Getting Hygge With It
The blog of a British mum living in Norway.
Here are the latest articles from across our network of expat blogs:
This is the question I am asked in nearly 99.9% of conversations with new Norwegian people that I meet. If you are an expat/immigrant, call it what you will, I guarantee you will have to get used to fielding this question so much you might want to get a metaphorical baseball bat to hit this inquiry straight out of the ballpark then you don’t have to waste too much time contemplating why they ask. … [Read more...]
It has taken me a long time to get into the psyche of coping and adapting to the different seasons in Norway, particularly the long winters. It’s not only my mood that is affected, but the food also ebbs and flows in freshness and availability. Coming from Australia and landing in the northern reaches of Norway years ago was both a cultural shock and a steep learning curve figuring out the local … [Read more...]
Since finding a job here a little over a year ago, I’ve done my best to share the transition process with other expats who are hoping to move to Norway (Trondheim, specifically, since that is where I have settled). I’ve been lucky enough to trade emails and meet with many people searching for work in this city. Most come here chasing love, hoping to find a job so that they can stay with their … [Read more...]
This article is written by David Smith, an American citizen living in Trondheim, Norway. Dear fellow Norwegians, We know you’re thinking: “Hey America, WTF?!?!” As the most powerful nation in the world gets ready to elect a new president, it seems as though almost everyone around the globe is asking themselves the same question, “How did you get stuck with these two … [Read more...]
In a previous blog, I wrote about 9 upsides of my first year in Norway. While it’s been a great experience, Norway isn’t all sunshine and roses. In fact, sometimes it seems like there’s hardly any sunshine at all. So, to provide a balanced view, here are the 9 most difficult parts of my first year here. More importantly, I’ve provided links and advice that I feel will be very useful for those who … [Read more...]
I receive a lot of emails from people asking what life is like in Norway, whether it’s hard to find work, what they can expect in the first year and whether it’s worth it. I’ve been in Norway for just over a year now, which honestly made 2015 one of the best years of my life. As I look back on this past year, here are some of my favorite memories from living in Norway. Finding a Job Hands … [Read more...]
When I first arrived in Norway, I was pretty concerned about making sure that I wouldn’t freeze to death. I had arrived straight off a humanitarian trip in Africa and Southeast Asia with nothing but a backpack, tent, and limited amount of warm clothes. Rather than heading back to the USA, I had decided to come here and spend the holidays with my girlfriend and her family. Long story short, I never … [Read more...]
When I arrived in Trondheim four months ago, I knew that it would be difficult to find work, but I had no idea how difficult. I hit many failures initially but I quickly learned what works, what doesn’t, and how to maximize time and effort to get interviews. First, a few hard facts: Trondheim is a small city with about 170,000 residents It is the definition of a networker city, where … [Read more...]
One of the first things I am often asked when people know I am Mexican is what I think about Norwegian tacos and Tacofredag. My response? "I prefer not to talk about it." Why? Well, let me first tell you about what I, as a northern-Mexican who has travelled the whole of Mexico and lived in Texas, understand as a Taco. What is a taco? Quite simply, a taco is a tortilla with something inside. … [Read more...]
Having just spent the last 2 weeks in the United States, I’ve had a lot of time to ask myself whether Trondheim is really where I want to live. Needless to say, it’s a huge commitment to move halfway across the world. In the USA, I have my family, incredible job offers, a truck to drive, a garage full of bikes and hiking gear, an incredible professional network, and access to tons of cheap and … [Read more...]
This week, I have continued to search for jobs, attend Norwegian language classes, work with recruiters, and attend networking events and conferences here in Trondheim in an effort to make myself a better candidate for job opportunities. I have learned very quickly that Norway has one of the most competitive and technical job markets in the world. More than just oil Norway is known for being an … [Read more...]
Three years ago, while studying at the University of California at Berkeley, I met a girl who has absolutely changed my life. She is beautiful, amazing, and a pleasure to be around. She is also 100% Norwegian… which means that I have been fully ingrained with Norwegian culture since the day we met. On one of our first dates, we went for a camping trip in the Sierra mountains. She said she liked … [Read more...]
I’ve always been kinda lucky when it comes to professional development. Even before ﬁnishing my graduate program, I had already been offered a position to work in Norway. I’ve already talked about my first impressions, so now I want to describe a bit the legal process to come here. The ﬁrst bump in the road was getting my contract, and while the Mexican postal service has improved much in the … [Read more...]
I am a Mexican living in Norway for less than three years. Though I have not yet taken any *real* course in the language, I find myself getting closer and closer to speaking fluently something so different from my mother tongue now. So this is how it goes: before coming to live here for (initially) two years, I had the privilege of making a one-month research leave while a grad student. By … [Read more...]