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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…

Missing out on Eastermountain? That’s an Eastercrime!

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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…

SiB, yeah you know me – or do you?

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As a student at UiB, whether international or native, you are almost certainly familiar with the Student Welfare Organisation in Bergen, more commonly known as SiB (Studentsamskipnaden i Bergen). If for no other reason, you know them because of student housing. Perhaps you, like me, spent hours perusing different student hostel options online, meticulously google-mapping the…

Touring Bergen

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It’s semester start and there are all kinds of events to help students get to know the city and makefriends. Whether it be city tours, concerts, speed friending, or taking a hike or a ski-trip, it feels like there are more available activities than time. Today I joined in as Christophe Balin and one other guide took students on part…