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Archive for December, 2008

Rømmegrøt Posted by on Dec 30, 2008

Last night I returned from a weekend jul getaway to Florida where the sun shone every day and the mercury well surpassed freezing.  There were just a couple things I missed about jul this year.  You might think that as a born and bred Minnesotan, I would have missed having a white jul.  Nei nei!  Slett ikke…

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God jul! Posted by on Dec 24, 2008

Once again the Christmas season is upon us.  Doesn’t it seem like it comes faster and faster every year?  “Christmas” in Norwegian is jul.  Merry Christmas-god jul.  We give gaver (gifts) at Christmastime, which sit under juletreet (the Christmas tree).  Vi pynter juletreet (We decorate the Christmas tree).  There is ofte a stjerne at the top…

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Concordia Language Villages Posted by on Dec 22, 2008

If you or someone you know is interested in learning a foreign language, check out Concordia Language Villages.  I have not yet experienced the language programs that await eager learners in northern Minnesota.  However, I have supported CLV by teaching young children Norwegian.  Between the winter of 2006 and the spring of 2008, I was a teacher for…

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Nei til EU! Posted by on Dec 15, 2008

No to the European Union!  This is quite a popular expression in Norway, so popular that someone spray painted it onto a rock far off the northwestern coast of Norway.  I saw it from the Hurtigruten.  Although graffiti in Norway is not as prevalent as it is in Germany, “Nei til EU” has certainly made…

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Hurtigruten-the best way to travel Norway Posted by on Dec 14, 2008

Hurtigruten is a passenger & freight line that takes travelers up nearly the entire western and northern coasts of Norway.  Hurtigruten literally means “express route” and although there are much faster modes of transportation today, at it’s beginning, it was the fastest way to transport cargo.  Hurtigruten was established in 1893 by government contract to speed…

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Freia sjokolade fabrikken….mmmmm Posted by on Dec 9, 2008

As an American student in Oslo, I had the pleasure of touring a chocolate factory-‘Freia Sjokolade Fabrikken.’  For some reason, I was put in charge of navigating the way to the factory.  There were about 15 of us in the group and I was appointed the navigator, which is hilarious because I am really terrible…

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Brrrrrr! Det er kaldt! Posted by on Dec 6, 2008

It’s cold!  I don’t know about all of you, but I’m here in southern MN and it is truly a winter wonderland today.  We’ve had a pretty mild winter so far, but this week the mercury dropped dramatically and the snow began to pile up.  Norwegians are experiencing the same vær right now.  The following…

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