My first year at Falmouth University is coming to an end. Looking back, I am not sure where the time went. I was lucky enough to get along with my flatmates, let alone have them as my new best friends. Of course, we added a few sweethearts to our group and our journey together throughout our first semesters have been nothing but fun.
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.
“Hey! You alright?”
“Hey! Yes I… aaaand you’re gone…”
Since coming to England I have had several awkward encounters with British people. The one above seems to be how Cornish people greet you, and you are not really supposed to answer them. I fall for it every time. And the few times I am able to answer, and then politely ask them back, they look bewildered as if they were not really ready to engage in a conversation. Haha, oops.
Other differences that have made some things awkward for me are:
- Ordering food
- Paying for the bus and leaving the bus
- Walking through doors
- Walking through crowds
Basically, they all involve the same thing: being polite.