International Student Blog

Category: Norwegian culture

Volunteer

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In response to a recent question I received on a different blog post, I thought it might be helpful for current and incoming students alike to have a master-post on volunteering in Norway. Volunteering is a pretty big part of Norwegian life, so here’s a post with the whys, the wheres, and the hows about the importance…

It’s Christmas, it’s Christmas, in Norway

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Happy Holidays everyone! In honor of Christmas time I thought I’d share with you all some things I’ve learned from the first Christmas I’ve actually gotten to spend in Norway. God Jul (Merry Christmas). Photo: Stand Hiestand   After my first taste of pinnekjøtt and getting a bit confused about what constitutes the first, second, and third…

Now’s the time to volunteer for BØ 2016

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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”

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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…

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…

Be a guest blogger and win a prize!

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UiB is happy to offer a couple of contests through the International Blog. They each have one week deadlines so make sure to submit for them straight away! I’ll let you know about the first “Guest Blogger” contest today, but stay tuned for the second one – coming later this week!   Image: http://ppesydney.net/blogging-as-pedagogy/ Blogging ambitions? You…

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…