Have you ever been to a kids party in Norway? Yes? No? Don’t have kids? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I believe I have some interesting insights for you, my discerning reader. Whether or not you have children, sometime in the future, you may be faced with a decision of attending a child’s birthday party. This may seem like … [Read more...]
Welcome to the original Life in Norway blog! Observations on the quirks of day-to-day life in Norway, from the extended summer vacations to crazy adverts on TV.
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 … [Read more...]
Vanessa is a 25 year old German who decided to move to the Arctic in 2014. She now lives in Tromsø and has also travelled to Iceland and Greenland. She is fascinated by the High North, and shares her experiences on Snow in Tromsø. Welcome to Life in Norway, Vanessa! -- With this article I aim to give newcomers to Tromsø a more realistic … [Read more...]
One of the most curious things about watching TV in Norway is the popularity of 'slow TV'. The simple concept is the total opposite of the instant gratification style of reality TV. Producers pick a topic and spend hours, days, even weeks digging into it in excruciating detail. State broadcaster pioneered the concept in 2009 with the live … [Read more...]
I look around and wonder, is this 2016? Or am I in one of the most bizarre cross-cultural dreams of my life? I did not see anyone wearing New York Yankees ball caps (in my vicinity) or American paraphernalia, maybe this is a dream? I’m wearing a polyester forest green cream collared dress, an apron (found on a shelf titled ‘for dolls’) and my … [Read more...]