Today I will give you the whole guide of how to survive in Norway! I’ve been doing some research of how other sees us Norwegians and also what we think about ourselves. I have found some blog posts that teaches you everything you need to know.
3. You’ll cherish the sun.
4. You’ll learn to pay WAY too much for everything.
5. You’ll somehow learn to like fish soup.
6. You’ll have to drink cocoa, and eat kvikklunsj when it’s cold out.
7. Pre-drinks will become VERY important before heading out.
8. You’ll become fascinated by Norway’s crazy rite of passage for high school graduates.
9. You’ll learn the exact times when alcohol can be purchased.
10. You’ll give up on ever learning Norwegian.
Look at the original post to read all the details of each of these things.
10 Things Not to Do in Norway
This other post I found also show there are ten actions and topics that are best to be avoided in Norway when you are on a visit.
1. Don't Leave a 20% Tip
2. Don't Try to Haggle 3. Don't Expect to Pull Your Suitcase
4. Keep Your Hands to Yourself
5. Don't Make Assumptions on Marital Status or Lifestyle
6. Don't Drink and Drive 7. Don't Criticize
8. Don't Compare Them to the Rest of Scandinavia
9. Don't Act Like a Hooligan
10. Don't Wear Shoes Indoors
Read the rest here
The jante law
The Jante Law attitude may be a bit dated but is still found in many places in Denmark and Norway
The Jante Law as a concept was created by author Aksel Sandemose and it stated:
· You shall not think you are special.
· You shall not believe you are smarter than others.
· You shall not believe you are wiser than others.
· You shall not behave as if you are better than others.
· You shall not believe that you know more than others.
· You shall not believe that you can fix things better than others.
· You shall not laugh at others.
· You shall not believe that others care about you.
· You shall not believe that you can teach others anything.
When you’re here is god to know how to piss of a Norwegian
Yes, I do make mistakes, and a lot of them. Luckily, I have nice coworkers that rescues me every time. As like today, where I had a blond moment.
We have been doing some changes to the mail server lately that resulted in that we had to remove and add the mail profile on some machines. I've been doing that for a few days and gotten used to all the ways people are describing the error.
Today I was doing it again on one computer and the problem was the same, but the profile stuff looked a little bit different, I couldn't add her profile in the Mail configuration in the control panel. Moreover, when I tried to open the mail /outlook once again it said, add new profile.
I didn't want to ruin anything and were a little bit panicked. I sprung up from the chair and asked my dear coworker to please look at it and help me. He took one look at it, wrote gibberish in the field and hit enter. Suddenly it was back to normal, it found her profile without a problem, and it worked.
I was standing there, mouth open
Me: "are you kidding me? That easy?" *blushing*
He: " Hehe yeah it's exactly the same as the other ones. Well this is a story for your blog eh?"
I can't believe how stupid I can be sometimes, and every time I have a blond moment he is there to see it along with the others . I'm so glad they're not mocking me too much about it.
Just a normal day at work, beside the person stealing the CEO's parking space, the Christmas lunch (where all I could think about were the microphone they used, hoping it would work all the way though the lunch), my imaginative cake-eating contest and my coworker getting his art hung up on the wall.
Also the art piece I bought for my home page is done, well the piece itself has been done for a while, but I asked a local photo- shop to put the piece an a glass plate so I can hang it on my wall, and its finally done and I'm getting it today! I can't wait to see it!
Most of us work and as we work, we stress. My best friend always tells me to relax more, even though I consider myself quite a relaxed person.
I even had the perfect way to relax the whole day, as I wrote about in an earlier post well; I used to be relaxed, for some reason relaxing seems impossible for me these days.
That’s we invented the holidays! Next week is going to be awesome, as I wrote in my last post I'm going away to look after a house and a cat, with my friend and her dog. I can't wait for it.
As I try to inspire you, you also inspire me. That you read my blog lets me know that my dream can become reality. Thank you for all for reading my blog! You people makes it possible for me, and I can't do it without you! If you ever want me to write about something specific just e-mail me and I'll consider it.
Also, if you want to guest blog on my blog, feel free to ask.
I don’t mind writing a review on your book as long you supply me with the book and give me some time to write it
Next week I'm going to look after a friends cat and house somewhere far away, deep into the woods of Norway, with a friend. I'm so looking forward to it, watching it snow through the window by the fireplace, watch movies, drinking hot chocolate and having some nice chill parties.
I've been there before so I feel really at home there and my friend, who lives there is a really great person and her family is great! In addition, they live nearby my family on my mother's side so that’s nice.
I've heard some scary stories about the closest neighbor, and I also met him in a rather scary way after my sister's wedding, but his house is still quite a long way from the house I'll be watching. The story I heard is a story fit for the darkness this time of year and perfect if I want to scare those who visits, hehe.
They all went and I were alone. My purse with my phone was in the trunk. After a few minutes I could hear footsteps from right outside the car, I turned my head to see if it was my brother that was already back, it weren't.
Behind the car stood a tall dark man, which I didn't know but he came from THAT house, I've heard rumors about him so I didn't go out to say hi. I crunched down in the backseat, sitting really still, hoping he wouldn't see me.
The footsteps disappeared. After a few more minutes, the footsteps were back and they started to walk around the car, close. I could see his shadow in the car when he walked around the back.
Suddenly they stopped, and I were almost expecting a baseball bat in the back of my head. For some time I couldn't hear his footsteps, but I never heard them walk away from the car, so slowly and scared I turned my head once again and found him.
He was standing in the middle of the road staring at me, with his hands deep in his pockets.
I don't know how long I sat there staring at him before he finally left, minutes maybe? It felt like hours.
When he finally left I sat back down in my seat, I only heard footsteps once more that night before my brother finally got back. When I told him about the man, he laughed at me but not for long when he saw a shadow in the mirror as we drove away.
Here in Norway, Bergen, it has been thundering and lightning for a few days now.
This morning I woke up to very laud thunder and the power went out, again. Often when it starts to thunder we get surprised and did not expect it.
Other times, when we look up to the sky we somehow know that later that day it is going to start thundering.
Is there a way for somehow monitor the lightning and thunder? Yes, there is.
I know about two sites that are fun to watch when lightning starts.
http://www.lightningmaps.org/realtime this is a worldwide one, where you can watch the lightning in real-time and it also shows, where you can hear the thunder and when, in other words it shows the speed of sound in real-time.
They manage to do this with the help of many volunteers and their sensors. To see the sound you have to zoom in. It has some advertising.