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Category: Norwegian natives

Recovering from 17 Mai with Ylvis

A belated gratulerer med dagen to everyone!  Hope you all had a fabulous 17 Mai, a day so festive google drew it a picture. Photo: www.google.no   Even my hometown, Seattle also tried to tip its hat (so to speak) to Norway’s Constitution Day Photo: http://www.17thofmay.org/ (As you can see, my people not quite the snappy dressers the native…

Syttende Mai (17th of May)

It’s coming… syttende mai or the 17th of May: Norway’s Constitution Day.  Can you feel it in the air? Most likely you can feel it, as the flags have started flying, the Buekorps’ drummers have been drumming for months, and even store mannequins are wearing Norwegian ribbons. But what should you know about the syttende mai?…

Missing out on Eastermountain? That’s an Eastercrime!

If you haven’t already, it’s time to learn a little about the importance of the Easter Holiday (Påskeferie) for Norwegians. Easter is vital to Norwegians, not so much for any religious reasons, but as a celebration of spring in truly Nordic style. Of course, Easter’s pagan roots were also just that, a celebration of the…

We’re all quirky to each other

Variety is the spice of life. We can all see many differences between cultures of countries, and within countries, regions, and we all acknowledge there are many differences individuals. There are things we find amusing about ourselves, our individual foibles, and the cultures we were born into. And, of course, there are things we notice about other…

Talk the Talk at the Tandem Language Kickoff

Last week I attended the kickoff meeting for UiB’s tandem language programme, offered for both international and Norwegian students. Tandem language learning is available for anyone who wants to improve language skills. It’s another opportunity through the university for learning and for making a connection. The Tandem language learning is a way to practice spoken language…

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’,…

Meet a Norwegian – blogger!

While the international blog is a new addition here at UiB, students have been sharing their experiences of the University of Bergen and student life for some time via the original student blog.  Carl Henrik Berge is the current UiB blogger.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to interview him and get the chance to meet…