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Filed in Blog, Norway, United Kingdom by on June 18, 2014
Norway

Norway was number one on my list of places outside of the U.K. that I wanted to visit and my other top choice for study abroad, so it was with no small amount of anticipation that I left Lancaster to go there last week. I flew up with my Australian friend Maja and we met up […]

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Dining on rotten shark

Filed in Blog, Norway by on June 22, 2012

Whale blubber. Goose liver. Cod soaked in lye. Vegemite. Haggis. Testicles (assorted). Urine of Ant, and Head of Sheep – complete with tongue and eyeball. I’ve eaten it all — yes, chewed and swallowed and held it down, even conceded that most of them weren’t nearly as bad as their appearance or smell or reputation would […]

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Where nature rules

Filed in Blog, Iceland, Norway by on June 21, 2012
Where nature rules

  Iceland is nature painted in large brush strokes. Purple-grey mountains, black sand beaches, moon-like lava fields, wide silver streams, green pastures and rolling red hills, glaciers and lagoons of pale, milky blue. It’s easy to lose yourself in those expanses, when the hours pass by on the Ring Road with the alien-shapes of lava […]

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Spring in the Hardangerfjord

Filed in Blog, Norway by on May 9, 2012
Spring in the Hardangerfjord

The true winter starts giving way to sunlight and life in March, but for most of Norway, the spring doesn’t really come until May. Seemingly overnight, the world turns green, soft, easy. Apple blossoms bloom along the Hardangerfjord, little white lambs prance beside their mothers and nap in the warm sunlight, the high-mountain snow melts […]

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Norwegian money

Filed in Blog, Norway by on May 4, 2012
Norwegian money

Norwegian money has long been counted in kroner and øre. A krone, or “crown,” is worth about twenty cents nowadays. Although they have different values, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands also use their own version of crowns. I kind of like them, to be honest. “Dollars” sounds so commonplace, and “euros” have always […]

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Lyderhorn

Filed in Blog, Norway by on April 29, 2012
Lyderhorn

Om de ‘Syv’ Fjell — About the ‘Seven’ Mountains So apparently, Bergen is “the City among Seven Mountains.”” The fact that Bergen is actually surrounded by NINE mountains doesn’t seem to deter its residents from claiming all the mythological and historical impact of lucky number seven. Seven, nine, whatever — mountains are awesome, and having […]

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Slow travel in the land of maybe

Filed in Blog, Norway by on April 23, 2012

Students in Norway get a whole two weeks of classes off for Easter. For most exchange students, a substantial break is like a challenge — a race to bag as many capitals and landmarks as possible. Confession: I’ve played that way before. But Scandinavia is different. With it’s longer distances, unpredictable weather, high prices, difficult terrain, […]

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Blåmanen

Filed in Blog, Norway by on April 2, 2012
Blåmanen

Om de ‘Syv’ Fjell — About the ‘Seven’ Mountains So apparently, Bergen is “the City among Seven Mountains.” The fact that Bergen is actually surrounded by NINE mountains doesn’t seem to deter its residents from claiming all the mythological and historical impact of lucky number seven. Seven, nine, whatever — mountains are awesome, and having […]

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Weather in Bergen

Filed in Blog, Norway by on April 1, 2012
Weather in Bergen

It rains in my city more often than not… but when the sun comes out, it’s heaven on earth! Here’s a video about the notorious Bergen weather… [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPo-blP34Hg?rel=0]

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Exploring Bergen: Bryggen

Filed in Blog, Norway by on March 21, 2012
Exploring Bergen: Bryggen

My little video tour of Bergen’s famous Hanseatic wharf, Bryggen… and beyond! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Shi0ynnCNQ?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

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