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Europe » Norway » Northern Norway May 22nd 2010

Hey everyone! Well, my first week in Norway, I'm glad to say, was pretty relaxing once I got here. I can say I'm pretty used to life at home, though we haven't really been out much. I think the most eventful my week has been was on Tuesday, when I went to work with Per Christian and met one of his bosses, Arne, and two of his co-workers, Marianne and Henning. I hit it off with Henning pretty well, and he seemed pretty excited to meet me (he said, 'Wow, you're the first American I've ever met!' quite a bit, haha). After that, the adventure continued - we went to the grocery store! I've spent this week attempting to give Per Christian a culinary taste of America. Now, I say attempting not because I'm a horrible ... read more
Views from the Deck 2
Views from the Deck 3

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway May 15th 2010

My first flight was from Philadelphia to Newark, and guess what? Fate didn't spare me a damn thing as a first-time flyer. My flight was delayed a half-hour and then once I boarded, I proceeded to find out that the plane was number 14 to take off on the runway. Needless to say, we arrived late. An hour late. I ran through the airport and still I missed my flight to Oslo. I ended up being rushed on another plane soon after I talked to the representative at the service desk - that flight was to Lisbon, Portugal. You want to talk about feeling isolated? My cell phone had service but no network, so I couldn't contact anyone at all. And though I speak multiple languages, Portuguese is unfortunately not one of them, so I couldn't ... read more
On the Way to the City Center 2
On the Way to the City Center 3
On the Way to the City Center 4

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Bodø December 21st 2009

Dear Norway, Today, this morning, is my last morning here in your little city above the Arctic Circle. These four months have gone by quite quickly haven't they? It has been a very interesting time and first off I want to say thank you for all that you have done for me lately. You see, I spent most of my time here dreaming of home, grieving for the Mendenhall Towers that I had left behind, and it was only a little while ago that I looked out over at your mountains and felt that same feeling of comfort that the ones in Juneau bring me. You are a truly gorgeous land -- a beautiful place that I feel privileged to have called home for these four months. And you have brought my some hardships, comforted me ... read more
My desk in my flat, I'm a post-it-note fanatic
My room, B313
My room looking towards my door

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Bodø December 9th 2009

This entry is not about traveling, it's not about the things I've done over the past week or the new friends I've made or the laughs we have shared. It's about an old event, an old friend, one that passed away exactly 2 years and 3 days ago today. And when the date was pointed out to me earlier this afternoon, I just stopped and stared. I wasn't home, I was in Sweden on the actual anniversary of her death, but on that day (Sunday), I didn't know the date or the time or have any plans. I still thought it was November. And perhaps that is a good thing, perhaps it shows the closure I have made and the progress that comes after someone you idolize has left this world. But when I got to ... read more

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Bodø November 30th 2009

So I am a little behind in my updates, but last Thursday was Thanksgiving and it was by far the best day here in Bodo. It didn't start of so well as I just got agitated by some things of the past and it ruined most of the first half of my day. It just got me thinking too much and feeling bad about things. But around 4pm, when the people started showing up and I was running around helping Libby and Destinee get everything set up, that's when the day improved to become one of the best I've had since being here in Norway. I missed most of the planning since I was gone in London, but our day started around 10am as Libby put the 7kg bird in the oven. Then later, Destinee started ... read more
American Thanksgiving
American Thanksgiving
American Thanksgiving

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Europe » Norway » Northern Norway November 22nd 2009

Toys going to the Arctic Once or twice every year dad takes us on trips when mum doesn't come along. This summer dad took us on one of these trips and the destination this time was North Cape. North Cape is the furthest north you can go in Europe. That sounded to us like a big adventure so we happily followed dad on this trip. We thought that we would have to walk for days in snow and ice, sleep in a tent, fight with wild animals and generally risk our lives to reach this remote destination so far up in the Arctic. It turned out it wasn’t quite the adventure we thought it would be. There is a paved road going right up to North Cape and once you are there you find a restaurant, ... read more
Talking to our friends
One of Walter's friends
Waterfall

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Bodø November 20th 2009

Life in Norway...well here I am, writing yet another blog about this beautiful Scandinavian country and only two days after I wrote my last one. I guess writing kind of helps me, helps me clear my mind too. And I'm just sitting here in the comforts of my room, waiting on my Russian friend. Have you ever waited on a Russian? Well they are quite the characters as they give you a time, end up being about 30 minutes late, and then spend 10 minutes defending why it was reasonable that they should be late because we really didn't have to be there at the time they said in the first place. It's a very complicated web they weave. Nevertheless, I am sitting here waiting as we are off to buy some Tuborg and then come ... read more
Taking pictues in the dark, you never know what you'll get
SMILE as the flash blinds us
Destinee, Polina, and her friend

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Bodø November 18th 2009

So today was NOT the best day...actually, it was downright sad. My roommate and I both were on the verge of tears and we haven't seen the worst of it yet. Today was our last Norwegian language class with Kit. I went to the afternoon session while my roommy and some of my later class favorites also went to the morning session. So in the afternoon one, there were only about 9 people and we had a short class with Kit before getting some parting advice from her. Then she took some pictures of all of us and Lucia, the Italian girl, made us some food so we all ate these sweet balls of sugar, cheese, and flour. And Kit looked a little sad as she said, "Ha det bra" one last time. Then it was ... read more
Good news on this sad day--the view from my kitchen
The pink clouds a little after sunset
This=boredom

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Bodø November 12th 2009

There was a spark of inspiration, a need to write a few hours ago. What was it that brought this on? Well, I was watching Julie and Julia, sewing part of the strap on my travel backpack and sipping a warm cup of tea when I suddenly felt the urge...the need. Could it be because the heroine of this movie, the whiny yet determined Julie, was blogging about her cooking triumphs and following the recipes of Julia Child, all while throwing in her own thoughts and experiences? Or could it be that I wanted to shed my thoughts and clear my wandering mind after a day like today? Who knows, but the movie definitely played a part in the inspiration. And no, it was not the urge to cook or to watch more Meryl Streep movies ... read more

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Tromsø November 6th 2009

Tromsø is long way from any part of the world : it's 3 hours by plane from Oslo, and took me nearly 20 hours from Tel Aviv, Israel. On 6th November afternoon, I departed with the world's safest and impenetrable security airlines : ELAL to Amsterdam, despite of how many times of the Jews attacks the Muslims, how confused between Israeli and Lebanese, and avoided flying anywhere above the Islamic airspace, afterall the airlines still considered one of the most success and has the safest record in the industry. So where is Troms? Troms is located above the European Arctic Circle of the county of Troms in Norway. Alot of people might easily make this common mistake when saying Tromsø, (including me). It should be pronounced as Trom-saa, instead of Trom-so. When my plane was in ... read more
Senja Lake
Arctic Water
Sunset in Troms




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