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A little bit of snow never hurt anyone!

March 15, 2013

This morning we woke up to a hint of a snow blanket. For someone who’s just arrived out of a warm country, it’s not an unpleasant sight.

I would imagine many residents are now longing for Spring and have had enough of the winter conditions…except for maybe the ski fanatics who wish for many more weekend ski-trips to Suldal or other resorts. (Something I’m definitely looking forward to next year!)

Yesterday my husband came home with tons of brochures, books and information from an induction day to Stavanger.

We’ve learned that Norwegians really do wear woolen underwear and I guess it’s better to feel warm and comfortable and enjoy any weather conditions, than to try and be tough in facing the cold with the wrong type of clothing.

Tomorrow we plan to go shopping for some nice wind-and waterproof feather jackets (and yes -woolen underwear!).

After browsing the brochures, I suddenly have a strong urge to go and explore everything there is to see. Rogaland has so much to offer!

I want to buy a bike and take ferries and go hiking and visit museums and charming municipalities…, eat fresh shrimps straight off the boat on the quay and practice Norwegian with a French “R”, as in the Stavanger dialect.

My first exercise consists of repeating the stop announcements on the bus and checking their spelling on the screen! *FISKEPIRRREN* 🙂

For you other Stavanger expats out there, I strongly recommend joining in the INN activities, which you can find on : http://www.rosenkilden.com  and becoming a member of the facebook group “Stavanger expats” , as well as the Stavanger community on http://www.internations.org.

Internations has a get-together on the calender for next thursday. I’ll meet you there!

I’ve been reminded of the law of Jante, that I remembered from a book of one of my favorite authors Paulo Coelho.

This law explains the origin of why we as foreigners might perceive Norwegians to be a bit “cold”, when we first meet them.

I also found it interesting to learn that you have to ask for everything you want to know and shouldn’t expect unsolicited advice. If you ask:” Should I take my passport?” the answer will be “Yes.” and not…”Yes and 2 passport pictures.” I find this rather fascinating.

I’m learning every day and hope to make some Norwegian friends, without being perceived as rude or obnoxious!

I don’t feel better, smarter or more special than any Norwegian and I don’t expect anyone to care about my individual needs. Living by the law of Jante is a good way to start!

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