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Archive for July, 2011

Oslo International Summer School Posted by on Jul 26, 2011

With a motto of “Six Weeks of Academic Achievement and International Good Will,” the students attending the ISS this year should be very proud of what they are doing.  After the horrific events of July 22 in Oslo and on Utøya, I have been feeling quite sad and troubled.  I therefore want to focus my…

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Tragedies in Norway Posted by on Jul 23, 2011

I have been in complete shock since yesterday morning when I heard about the tragedies in Norway.  My home away from home has experienced something few ever thought was possible.  5 years ago, when Oslo was my home, I read the newspaper every morning, the front page of which rarely contained much about Norway…

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Norwegian glory in the Tour de France Posted by on Jul 20, 2011

The God of Thunder, also known as The Bull from Grimstad (a city in the Aust-Agder county) made Norway proud today.  33 year old Norwegian cyclist Thor Hushovd took first place in Stage 16 of the Tour de France.  Hushovd has been riding professionally since 1998 and has won many awards along the way.  In…

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Cod Liver Oil the Norwegian Health Secret Posted by on Jul 12, 2011

Are you as overwhelmed by all of the health tips you see on TV, hear on the radio, and read about in magazines?  There are certain products that claim to be the best for healthy skin, foods and herbs that are said to promote emotional stability, products that are supposed to make your teeth…

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Norwegian Puffin Dog Posted by on Jul 11, 2011

Have you ever seen a norsk lundehund?  I don´t believe I have ever seen one as I wasn´t aware of their existence until I read the latest issue of Viking.  I´m not usually very interested in small dogs, but this dog seems pretty cool. Besides it´s nice looking coat and adorable face, the lundehund…

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Deer Populations in Norway Posted by on Jul 8, 2011

In the past 2 weeks, I have had several close encounters with hjort (deer) here in MN.  Last week, I was on a bike ride on an open rural road with fields on both sides and a massive deer sprung out of the ditch no more than 50 ft. in front of me as I…

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Norwegian Natural Disasters Posted by on Jul 6, 2011

As I think about all of the strange weather occurrences that I have experienced growing up in Minnesota, I realize that in my time living in Norway, I really didn´t experience any severe weather.  The winter of 2006 was certainly very cold in Oslo when I was there, but I do not remember any bad…

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