International Student Blog

Category: Outdoors

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…

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…

Blogician, heal thyself


In my short time as the international blogger for UiB, I’ve offered a lot of advice. Now, it’s awfully easy to dole out advice, and it’s harder to take advice and take action. So, I thought I’d check myself: how well have I followed my own advice for international students recently? Here are four actions I…