When the weather in Cornwall is as nice has it has been today, and a few days lately, all the students come out of their hiding-spots and gather on the grass on campus. Most of the time I usually hang out with my flatmates or my “usual” group of friends, but sometimes it is nice to find some of my other Norwegian friends and have a nice catch-up.
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.