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Category: Norway

Norwegianisms 3, this time it’s personal

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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!

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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…

“The year the mountains were so steep” and other Norwegianisms

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One of my favorite things is to speak to people who speak English as a second-language, there are many reasons for this, but ultimately I am just so completely enamored with the slight differences in phrasing non-native English speaker will use, whether they are translating a colloquialism, idiom, or common term directly from their language…

Study break: Oh, Oslo!

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If you’re an international student in Bergen, chances are you’d like to take some time while you’re in Norway to do some additional exploring. Perhaps you’d even like to take a peek at Norway’s largest city, Oslo. If you’re looking for a bigger city feel, and you’d like to make the journey, Oslo is well…

The Staples: Grocery Stores

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Another vital topic for newcomers to Norway is groceries. Everybody needs them, and that Meny next to Fantoft is overpriced! Jokes – well, mostly jokes. When I lived at Fantoft I did shop there a lot because I felt the the proximity to Fantoft outweighed the potential deals I might get elsewhere, and there were…

Study Break: So what’s the deal with Vinmonopolet?

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So, new students, are you already acclimated to the Norwegian culture around alcohol? Of course, there are many aspects of this, from the vorspiel (preparty) to the nachspiel (afterparty) and a tendency towards big nights on weekends only (instead of moderation more often) – but today’s focus is on buying alcohol at Vinmonopolet and other stores. If…

Get involved: Kvarteret

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As Julien Bourrelle, a French-Canadian PhD candidate in Norway, Founder of Mondå, and author of The Social Guidebook to Norway emphasized in his presentation at the recent International Afternoon (read more about his presentation here: After the International Afternoon): If you want to integrate more fully in Norway and even make some real Norwegian friends the key is to get involved…

Study break: planning a trip to Lofoten

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Here is my long overdue answer to a student commentor who asked about traveling to Lofoten, and wondered what the best way to get there may be as well as the cheapest. Thanks for your question, commentor! And please, others who have questions about student life here in Bergen, comment below. For those students who…

Get Involved: Bergen Ølfestival 2015

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This year, I’m excited to be volunteering for BØ (Bergen Ølfestival). BØ is Norway’s largest beer fest. Volunteering is a great opportunity for international – or any students – and volunteering for Ølfestival has its own set of benefits. So today I want to share my top 3 reasons to join me and volunteer for BØ! And if you don’t already…