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På kino Posted by on Aug 27, 2009 in Culture, Leisure

Jeg vil gå på kino.  I want to go to the movies.  Usually summertime is the best season for movies, but it seems to me that the economy has hit Hollywood, as it has every other industry.  Perhaps some of you will disagree, but I have not been compelled to see very many movies på kino this summer.  In fact, I think I have only seen one-The Hangover.  Regardless, I still very much enjoy å gå på kino (to go to the movies).  I think you can get lost in the movie in a different way than you can hjemme (at home).  I usually do my best to ignore my fellow movie-goers.  I also try to not be the one that makes all the noise opening up boxes of godteri (candy) and bags of popcorn (same as English).  �

Which brings me to my experiences på kino in Norway.  I think I have only seen a few movies på kino in Norway.  Honestly, the most distinct memory I have is of a wide variety of godteri and drikker (drinks).  Although it is slightly distracting to have people chomping on their godteri and slurping their drikker, it is kind of fun to have so many choices for goodies!  I felt like I was in a candy store.  As I have explored more about Oslokino I have discovered that they serve great kaffe (coffee) at Kaffebrenneriet (one of the yummiest coffee brewers in town) and kake (cake).  Think of good coffee and tasty desserts at a kino! 

Another new thing that I just discovered is that Norwegians have established a babykino, which is a movie theater where mor og far (mother and father) kan ta med babyen (take the baby with) på kino and have plenty of room to bring in the stoller and rock the baby.  How cool is that?  Parents who want to gå på kino but don’t want to hire a babysitter can bring the baby with! 

As a foreigner, one negative aspect about going på kino in Norway is the harsh cost of the billetter (tickets)-about twice the pris it is in the U.S.  However, the cost of going to the babykino for mothers and fathers is actually quite cheap.  One postive thing that has changed about going på kino three years ago when I lived there and now is that it seems that the same filmer (movies) we have here right now are the same filmer that nordmenn can see på kino too.  Until recently, it took months for the newly released filmer here to reach Norway. 

Å gå på kino is a lot of fun, and now you can see the newest filmer på kino in Norway now, and you can take your baby and have room to walk around with a stroller!  I wonder if other countries have welcomed babies into their movie theaters….

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About the Author: kari

I attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where I majored in Norwegian and History. During college, I spent almost a year living in Oslo, Norway, where I attended the University of Oslo and completed an internship at the United States Embassy. I have worked for Concordia Language Villages as a pre-K Norwegian teacher and have taught an adult Norwegian language class. Right now, I keep up by writing this Norwegian blog for Transparent Language. Please read and share your thoughts! I will be continuing this blog from my future residence in the Norwegian arctic!