My incredible Norwegian family was kind enough to take me on a roadtrip across some notable areas in southwestern Norway one sunny Sunday. We took quite a few ferries to visit Odda (where my Norwegian family used to live) and saw tons of waterfalls along the way (because they’re my favorite and the people here know this by now, hehe). Here are some pictures (by the way, slow Internet users, there are a decent number of them) of the gorgeous scenery we came across (you can find many more in the gallery folder); really, it speaks for itself, so I didn’t really bother with captions:
I mentioned in my last post that May 17th was approaching. The day recently passed, and for Norway, this date is known by a variety of names: Norway’s National Day, syttende mai, Nasjonaldagen, and Grunnlovsdagen, to name a few. It is the anniversary of the day in 1814 when the Norwegian constitution was signed in Eidsvoll and declared Norway to be an independent nation after the Napoleonic wars. It’s also the day when crazy stuff happens, though all of it is pretty non-militaristic. Children’s parades are common and buildings are decorated all around with Norwegian flags. The longest such parade is in Oslo where some 100,000 travel to take part in it! These parades are often televised and huge numbers of Norwegians participate. I participated myself this year:
Back in Norway! One of the first things I did since arriving (after recuperating from the long flight for a bit) is climb Fløyen, a 320-meter high mountain that overlooks Bergen and gives a view like no other at the top:
Hello everyone! Today I have a guest post written by Sindre Hauge Larsen, the Norwegian thatI’ve lived with in Norway and recently came to live with me here in Orlando, Florida. He’s going to tell us a little about what it was like for a Norwegian like him to live in Florida for two-and-a-half weeks!
Katie recently wrote about her experiences as a Floridian moving to and living in Norway over several months. She was not on vacation and she didn’t get caught in tourist traps; she lived with me and experienced what daily life is like here. In February we switched roles, and it was time for me to visit her in Florida!
It’s been an eventful return to the US these past two months. My Norwegian friend came to live with me for 2-and-a-half weeks, we made a winning jam game, and I’ve been doing more web stuff and programming myself while also in another semester at my uni. But it looks like things are about to get spruced up even more! I will be returning to Norway again and re-experiencing the amazing cultural differences Norway has to provide. This will likely be from around the second week of May until the first week of August, so another three months! The kind Norwegian family that took me in last time will be getting another visit from me, and I’m very excited! I wonder if when I get back this time I’ll experience reverse culture shock again? Who knows, but I’m eager to find out!