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Express Yourself in Norwegian

Express Yourself in Norwegian

An important step on the road to learning Norwegian is learning those expressions that are truly unique to the language and culture. Expressions. We have them in every language, ones that are centuries old, new trends,...
Norwegian dugnad

The Day of the Dugnad

An important step towards integrating in Norway is understanding and participating in neighbourhood volunteer days. If I were challenged to describe Norwegian culture and society in a few words dugnad would definitely be one of the...
Oslo loppemarked

Loppemarked: Second-Hand Season

Neighbourhood second-hand sales are popular in Norwegian towns. I am not sure I can be defined as a bargain hunter, but I do love a bargain. My downfall is that I am a quality over quantity...
View over Oslo and Oslofjord from Frognerseteren T-Bane

Reflections on One Year in Norway

I'm not one for anniversaries. Not because I don't think they are special (any excuse for a celebration is a good one), but because I am just too lazy to try and remember them all, too...
Wild berries in Norway

Berry Picking in the Norwegian Forests

The supermarket is just one option for getting berries in Norway. Summer is sadly approaching its end, but of course I still have my fingers crossed for a heatwave in September. The days are undeniably getting...
Only Boats Can Go

Where Only Boats Can Go

When I tell my family and friends in Cyprus that I have been sunbathing or swimming in the sea in Norway I sense the puzzlement in their voices – ”Really? In Norway?” Having spent my teenage...
kolonihager

The Norwegian Allotment

It is a bright summer’s day in June and I am standing at the bus stop opposite my house heading into downtown Oslo when I see a hen walking down the street. The hen starts jumping,...
Deichmanske Bibliotek

The Future Norwegian Library

I am a self-confessed book worm. Always have been. In fact, as a child I had a bigger library of books than I do now. I want to say that because of this love of books...
Open job vacancies

The Dreaded Job Hunt

I made a pact with myself in my mid twenties: learn something new every year. The idea was to challenge myself, to push me out of my comfort zone and to maintain the sense of thrill...
Trondheim Bymarka

Friluftsliv: Free, Air, Life

Of all the many things there is to learn when you are new to a country expressions that don't quite translate are by far my favourite Such as friluftsliv – literally free, air, life. “Erm, how...