A couple of times a year I leave home to visit home...This, I know sounds suspiciously like I am talking about going on holiday, but a holiday it is not.
Norwegians seem perfectly at ease when the conversation comes to a standstill. Not me. I am all about the chat. As an experienced chatter I have some go to topics that always work. Here are my top 3:
Norwegians were recently named the happiest people on the planet and to truly understand why this is you need to go beyond the statistics and look at the underlying cultural factors. Like, the hytte.
"I am a broken woman! Norway, you have finally done it!" There is video evidence of me saying these words.
To really get the most out of living in Norway you need to spend time outside. Nothing so strange about that when there is an endless supply of wide skies and grab-a-camera landscapes to be discovered. It is basically a selfie-stick user´s paradise. Norwegians are rightfully proud of these amazing landscapes. In fact I would … Continue reading Trippin’
So, basically, I spent my teens wanting to be someone I wasn't, my twenties trying to explain who I was and now finally, in my thirties, I am at the point where I am using my multi-cultural-ness to my advantage.
Norwegians like to say they were born with skis on their feet and this is not far from the truth.
I have learnt lots since moving here. For all you cold weather experts out there this may feel like common sense- but not to us from the South. In warmer climates we just do not think about these things. Ever! They are not common sense.
Of all my language discovery moments, the best are when English words are integrated into the Norwegian language, as is.
November in Norway is not just a catchy alliteration it is a notable slump in the year. It is the month of grey skies and in-between-seasonal weather that is hard to pretend does not affect you. It is probably what they researched when they defined seasonal affective disorder (SAD aka the winter blues) as a … Continue reading November rain