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One Month in Norway!

February 3, 2011

Hello everyone!

This post is just going to be a random mash-up.

I have been putting off writing a blog lately because I feel like I haven’t had many interesting, insightful things to say. Therefore, I am just going to write a log of what’s been keeping me busy lately. I have officially been in Norway for a month! A lot can be said about that, but I will leave those reflections for a later entry.

On Friday, some friends and I made homemade pizza, and later on we went to an international dinner hosted by the Spanish and French students. We got to sample some of their traditional fare and socialize. I was still feeling a bit sick, but much better than the day before.

The next day, I went to Porsgrunn with Heidi and her friends. We went to the mall and did a bit of shopping. Later that day, we had our 80’s party. I was lucky that I felt well enough to partake in all of the fun! We danced to 80’s music and had a wonderful time. After our pre-party here at the house, we walked to the student pub, Kroa i Bø. The cover charge to get in was very expensive (~$30, but so it goes in Norway). I’m glad I went, despite the cost. There was an 80’s cover band that played called Nasty Riot. They had ridiculous outfits, and it was an all around good time.

After a long night’s rest, I woke up Sunday morning and went skiing with a new friend. We got fairly lost, but eventually found our way and made it back home.

Since the weekend, I’ve done a lot of travel planning. I am going to Oslo on Saturday with Heidi, Sharon, Megan, and Andy, and I am really looking forward to seeing the city properly. I flew into Oslo, but I didn’t get to see anything but the airport and the train station. We plan on visiting the viking ship museum, a sculpture park, and doing some shopping/sight seeing.

Later this month, I am taking a trip to Belgium! Ryanair (a cheap, no frills European airline) had a February sale, and we booked roundtrip airfare for about $8 per person. Of course, our train to the airport is more expensive than our plane ticket and hostel expenses combined. I am so excited to see Bruxelles (Brussels). We will only be there for about two days (since that’s all we can afford), but I’m really looking forward to it! I plan on eating Belgian waffles, chocolate, and drinking a Belgian brew at a local pub. Also, I get to practice my French skills which is really exciting for me. Belgium will be cheaper than Norway, so it will be nice to eat a meal at a restaurant and so some real (non-grocery) shopping.

Sharon and I are also planning our Easter trip to France and Italy. As of right now, the plan is to visit Paris, Nice, and Florence (or Venice). I have wanted to go to France for as long as I can remember. This trip will really be a dream come true for me, but we’ve had some difficulty finding good, affordable hostels (turns out they jack up the prices in Italy during Lent [go figure]).

Lastly, I am in the process of planning a Super Bowl party. The game will air on TV in Norway at 12:25 AM. The Americans (and a few cool Norwegians) will be tailgating and watching the Super Bowl on Sunday in one of the dormitory common houses.  I have arranged for a friend to bring a grill, and we are all buying food to make some traditional Super Bowl party grub. We plan to do it up right and cheer on Green Bay (well, most of us).

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Brian (Andy's dad) permalink
    February 3, 2011 10:58 pm

    Seriously, Go Pack Go!

  2. Mom permalink
    February 4, 2011 12:57 am

    So glad you’re feeling better. I checked out the photos from Kroa i Bo. Thought maybe you’d be in the crowd. Didn’t see you but I did see the band members’ outfits! Have a great weekend and enjoy your trip to Oslo. Looks like a beautiful city. The Viking ship will be awesome. Make sure you take lots of pics. Oh and one more thing, GO PACK GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. marianne permalink
    February 4, 2011 1:48 pm

    What an adventure and to go to those other cities will be so much fun! I have always wanted to go to Brussels so take pics in case I do not make it. I can travel through you.

  4. Dad permalink
    February 4, 2011 8:45 pm

    Have fun in Oslo. GO PACKERS!!!

  5. Kendal DeGreef permalink
    February 8, 2011 9:36 pm

    not sure how you feel about this, but couchsurfing.com is a great option if the hostels are too expensive

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