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Northern Norwegian Posted by on Sep 28, 2010

Although I learned bokmål in college and lived in Oslo for 8 months, I came out of it all speaking nordnorsk (northern Norwegian) and I constantly have to explain why.  My best friend from college is half norsk, half amerikansk-norsk far og amerikansk mor. His father comes from a small bygd (a country settlement, smaller…

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Finnmark-rein og stein Posted by on Sep 23, 2010

I returned yesterday from a 2 day trip in Finnmark, Norways northernmost fylke (county).  This was my first time north and east of Tromsø (in the north).  My friend who I accompanied warned me, ´det er ingenting å se deroppe, bare stein og rein´(there´s nothing to see up there, just rocks and reindeer).  He was…

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´hos´a Norwegian word with many meanings Posted by on Sep 20, 2010

I find the word hos quite interesting.  Until recently I didn´t know it had so many betydninger( meanings).  The other day a Norwegian was asking me if I thought Norwegian was a hard language to learn.  I explained that although French and Spanish are the only other languages of which I have some comprehension, I…

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Norwegians are generally in great shape! Posted by on Sep 15, 2010

The jakttur (hunting trip) that I just returned from has confirmed my belief that nordmenn are generally in very good shape.  This tur is an annual tradition for this group and most of the guys hike around their hytter (cabins) or gå på ski (ski) or some other activity, but several of them literally don´t…

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Salangen Hunting Trip Posted by on Sep 14, 2010

I have recently gotten back from my first jakttur (hunting trip) and could not have had a better time.  Although I didn´t have a hagle (shotgun), it was an absolutely incredible experience just to be there.  I was more of a spotter 🙂  We were hunting for fjellrype (mountain grouse), which are very well camoflauged…

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Fall in northern Norway Posted by on Sep 8, 2010

Høst i Tromsø-is here.  Although the temperature has hovered in the 50s and a bit in the 60s since I´ve been here, now it really feels like høst (fall).  We had a stretch of really nice weather, klare skyer (clear skies), sol (sun), and behagelige temperaturer (comfortable temperatures).  Since Saturday, the temperature has gone down…

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Save the Children Norway Posted by on Sep 7, 2010

Since I cannot start to work without an arbeidstillatelse (work visa), I thought it only make sense that I do engage in some frivillig arbeid(voluntary work) here in Tromsø.  It just so happens that there is another girl from Minnesota here in Tromsø that shares quite a few mutual friends with me from back home. …

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