17th of May at Falmouth University

For my course I also had to make a vlog, so I decided to film throughout the day as we celebrated our national day here at university. It is a very personal day for us, and I wanted to show you how much fun we had even though we are away from home. If you want to read more about it, click here. I recommend to watch in high quality.

I hope you like it!

Amanda.

Norway’s constitution day

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Yesterday was the 17th of May, which sounds just like a regular day, but for Norwegians it is the best day of the year. Having national days are always fun, but it seems as though Norwegians celebrate it a lot more and is more passionate about the particular day.

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Chatty Podcast

For my course I had to make a two minute podcast for my blog, which turned out to be more difficult than I wanted it to be due to the said time-limit. I chose to ask a friend to help me out, as she is one of my closest friends here. In the podcast we are talking a little bit about how we met and how our journey to England was, but as the original chat was for about half an hour there are some missing pieces. I hope it might be helpful or interesting for some nevertheless.

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Facetime is great for long-distance friendships.

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How to: Be a tourist in Norway

There is no right or wrong in being a tourist in Norway, but sometimes a little guide can help you understand how the habits or social behaviour of a Norwegian is.

I think the most important thing to highlight here is that if you ever encounter a Norwegian who does not talk to you, greet you or even look at you, they are not trying to be rude. Believe me. As I pointed out in the last post, our politeness is quite different from British people’s for instance. We focus more on not bothering anyone with our presence, unless we have to. Thus, if we’re met by someone who actually do break this personal space that is created by silence, it is as if we have forgotten how to speak at all.

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Graduation in Norway since 1700s

At one point in most young Norwegians lives, there comes a time were they suddenly wear red overalls and drink – a bit too much.

The period between the 1st and the 17th of may is a time for Upper Secondary students, who have all turned 18, to celebrate their graduation. A little bit early.

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Hide your kids, protect whatever is yours; “Russen” is here!

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Fjords & Mountains; I’m torn

Travelling obstacles, or beautiful scenery?

For Christmas I brought one of my best friends from University back to Norway. She is from Tuscon in Arizona, and it was really exciting to show her around as our nature is obviously quite different from the dessert. I also brought her with me for spring break, and that was when I finally realized how I have not really looked around and thought:

I am so lucky

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Ørsta

 

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How I got here

Why would you want do study in England, when it’s less expensive in Norway?

Let me tell you this: I am richer now than I have ever been.

Of course I do not mean this money-wise, but I am richer in experiences, memories, friends, knowledge and so on. That is what is important to me. Therefore, choosing between a cheaper education and a more expensive one was easy for me. The latter, studying in England, was an exciting decision I made in hopes of gaining new experiences in a different culture with a different language. I took this chance, this risk, because I needed to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone.

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On my way to England!

It all started in 2012 when I happened to stumble upon a website that turned out to be the personal page of an organisation that helped students apply to University in England, I was immediately intrigued and ordered their magazine right away. I also told my parents about it, but knowing me… they did not really believe it would happen. I had 2 years left in upper-secondary and anything could change, and it did.

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