International Student Blog

Category: Norwegian natives

Welcome Programme August 2017

Hei hei everybody! (This is the doubled up extra-friendly version of “hei”, which of course means “hi” in Norsk) The August 2017 Welcome Programme starts on Thursday 10 August! It is a hugely beneficial part of your start at UiB, and probably one of the first things you’ll do here apart from getting yourself to Bergen and to…

Now’s the time to volunteer for BØ 2016

Volunteering for BØ (Bergen Ølfestival) is becoming a bit of an annual tradition for me, I volunteered last year and I plan to do so again this year.  What’s an Ølfestival, you ask? A festival of oil? No no, pronounced more like /œl/ (did that help? no? how about this?), Øl means beer.  I am, admittedly, a big fan…

Brann, “we are so good that it is almost not possible”

Today’s blog focuses on the 16 of May football (that’s soccer for the two Americans or Aussies in the audience, but the Aussies already knew of course). This year, I got to go to my very first Brann (Bergen’s team) football game accompanied by Marianne, the Norwegian blogger – and it happened to be the…

Find your niche: Skeive Studenter

Today, we’ll continue to explore some of the many groups which students join in Bergen and meet a member of Skeive Studenter, the LBGT+ student organization. I had the pleasure of meeting Mette, she has been a quizmaster for Skeive Studenter’s regular quiz nights. I got to meet her in person when she ran her last quiz for…

Norwegianisms 3, this time it’s personal

As it is one of my favorite things to mull over some new (to me) Norwegian idioms, slang, or terms. I thought as the Semester wraps up it would be a great moment to savor a few… so here’s my current top 3 new favorite Norwegian-isms (of the moment):   1. Smørøyet According to google translate…

Norwegianisms Part II: Full Pupp!

My recent post, “The year the mountains were so steep” and other Norwegianisms, inspired one of my colleagues at UiB, Kjartan, to volunteer a number of other Norwegian idioms! I checked in with my dear Norwegian buddy in order to get a broader context for what these mean and when one might use them and…

After the International Afternoon

Maybe you came today to the ‘International Afternoon’ held in the new University Museum Assembly Hall, if so, please share your experience or your favorite moments by commenting below! The International Afternoon was a welcoming event held by UiB for international students and employees. It was an opportunity to get a taste of some Norwegian music,…

“Summer” events

Don’t let the weather confuse you, it is Summertime despite the rain and the grey. Although, maybe it’s finally shaping up a little better, now? I do not know personally, I’m writing this post early, as I will be out of town this week. Doesn’t look too promising, not that weather predictions are full-proof. Image: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/l/NOXX0004:1:NO   If…

How I (spectacularly) failed the 7 Mountain Challenge

Many months ago, I had the bright idea to participate in the 7fjellturen (7 Mountain Challenge) an annual Bergen tradition in which seven mountains are hiked consecutively. Bergen, you see, is known as the city of seven mountains (one delightful Wikipedia entry that I read before my arrival notes that the Bergensere (Bergen citizens) argue about which of of the…