Happy 2016! We are now on the other side of the holiday season and it kinda feels good to be back in the swing of things. Though it wasn’t our first Christmas in Norway, it’s the first one that we’ve had since moving here.
Many of you have asked me what Christmas is like in Norway, so here’s the skinny:
For our First Day of Christmas celebration we welcomed a fellow expat and our good friend, Lauren. Ignore my 8 year old, he’s going through
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One of the biggest challenges we have living here in Norway is learning the language and let me tell you, the struggle is real.
First, there’s 29 letters in their alphabet, the three extra are: æ, ø, and å. Also, there’s all kinds of different pronunciations, like kj makes a “shhh” sound and ki is like you’re whispering “he.” Crazy, right?
But we’re trying. We have CDs, DVDs, Norwegian classes and live with two native speakers. Another unexpected tool has been Netflix.
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There is something unique about celebrating July Fourth outside of the U.S. For me, it felt more patriotic, more unifying, more “We the People” than I’ve felt in many many years.
Our family recently moved to Norway and are living in my husband’s childhood home just outside of Oslo. So far it’s going well, the learning curve of the language and culture is quite steep, but we’re taking it one step at a time.
Our Independence Day picnic at Vigelandsparken in Oslo.
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