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Category: Christmas

What not to miss – culture

Your study abroad experience is finite. Do you want to know what aspects of Norwegian culture that you shouldn’t miss while you are here? Always a subjective subject, but perhaps some suggestions can get you started! Cultural Experiences Of course, you have no doubt explored some food, and you already have learned the Norwegian art of gearing up and…

Pepperkakebyen 2016

It’s that time of year again, dark and wet and… Christmasy? Well, if you don’t feel sufficiently in the Holiday spirit, it’s time for you to take a trip to Pepperkakebyen (Gingerbread Town). Not enough Holiday cheer outside for you? Time to go the town inside Sentralbadet, Pepperkakebyen! Photo: Stand Hiestand   Pepperkakebyen is an…

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone’s winter holidays were lovely, just wanted to wish everyone a very happy new year! Of course, as with many celebrations, food can take center stage around the holidays. So in honor of holiday food-festivities, here’s a final glance at Norwegian Christmas and a peek at Norwegian New Year’s — but mostly a look at the…

Christmas vs. Christmas

It’s probably easy to believe your holiday traditions are the most normal, most logical, and most festive.  And why shouldn’t you?  You’ve marinated in these traditions, they have shaped your experience and possibly infused your life with meaning. It is perhaps especially easy for me to feel my holiday traditions, as an American, are ‘default normal’,…

Won’t you take me to… Gingerbread Town?

In the following post, I’ll take you through a step-by-step process that led me to Pepperkakebyen (Gingerbread Town).  It began with discovering Pepperkakebyen is an annual event here in Bergen and culminated in my visit to the town on opening day.  If you could time-travel back to mid-November, these ‘instructions’ would allow you to replicate my experience in…