May 17th: Norwegian Constitution Day

A little over a week ago was May 17th, the one national holiday out of the year here in Norway that has nothing to do with religion (there are a ridiculous amount of ones that do have to do with religion). I managed to get myself out of bed for a 10am parade (a big … Continue reading May 17th: Norwegian Constitution Day

Letters From Exchange: The One Where I Only Have Two Months Left

There are only two months left to my exchange, and I have to say, I'm rather conflicted about it. On the one hand, I'm very excited to leave. That sounds bad, but I won't lie about it. I've chronicled to a silly extent how much the Norwegian winter affected me, and I am excited for … Continue reading Letters From Exchange: The One Where I Only Have Two Months Left

One Month Overdue

The longer I wait to type this out the harder it gets. It's been almost a full month since my last real post, despite my initial goal to blog three times a week. I don't really need to explain myself to anyone, because it is my personal blog and it is my random thoughts and … Continue reading One Month Overdue

Quirky Cultural Differences (#6)

This is long overdue, and becoming less quirky with time. I just really like the title. Sue me. Not to complain about my own life back home, but undergrad is significantly easier here. The selection and quality of cheese is pitiful. I've come to (sadly) understand that frozen burritos are a North American thing. Skin … Continue reading Quirky Cultural Differences (#6)

10 Quirky Cultural Differences in Norway

I thought I would share with you the video I made about ten of my favorite quirky cultural differences from the series of posts I've made on this blog. In the video I elaborate on some of the things I've noticed with stories of why they're strange or annoying to me, so if you like … Continue reading 10 Quirky Cultural Differences in Norway

Quirky Cultural Differences #5: Norway

This one is long overdue. No one believes in top sheets here. Ikea doesn't even sell them. You have a sheet over your mattress and a blanket, that's it. Girls in the changing rooms are 100% okay with nudity. In fact, most people don't realize that most North American girls think that's weird (we all … Continue reading Quirky Cultural Differences #5: Norway

Quirky Cultural Differences #4: Norway

Professors don't only use slides/whiteboards, but it is still very common to see chalkboards in the classes. Instead of an eraser for said chalkboard, the professors use a wet sponge. Girls lift weights just as much as the guys in the gym. In humanities classes in particular, it is common that the student must first … Continue reading Quirky Cultural Differences #4: Norway

Quirky Cultural Differences #3: Norway

Some of these aren't so quirky anymore, but I like the title. Professors and people of higher stations prefer to be called by their first names more than more formal titles of respect. Student organizations/unions aren't always school specific. People often travel alone. The public bathroom at the McDonald's had a small room with a … Continue reading Quirky Cultural Differences #3: Norway

Quirky Cultural Differences #1: Norway

Each stall of the airport bathroom had it's own toilet, sink, and hand dryer in it. There is a sink in my bedroom and the section of wall it's on is tiled. The communal doors (to my building, to my hall) lock from both sides, and to open them from the inside you have to … Continue reading Quirky Cultural Differences #1: Norway