I am The Frog in the Fjord: a French lady who lived in Denmark for a bit before moving to Norway for good. My name is Lorelou Desjardins, I come from Marseille in the South of France and have been living in Oslo since 2010. I am trained as a Human Rights Jurist, and speak English, French, Norwegian and Indonesian.
This blog is about all these new realities foreigners like me face when trying to adapt to a new culture, language, country and most of all to new people. In this case, trying to understand the Norwegian culture and blending in (or trying hard).
I am hoping to give non-Norwegians a glimpse of what make Norway and Norwegians so awkward and so lovable; and to give Norwegians something to laugh or to think about. My illustrators, the very talented Ole Johnny Hansen and Tori Lind Kjellstad, make every post I write come to life with their unique views on whatever I understood (or misunderstood) of their culture. I love their work and I hope you do too!
In March 2017, my book En frosk i fjorden – Kunsten å bli norsk (A Frog in the Fjord – The Art of Being Norwegian) was published by Norway’s biggest publisher Cappelen Damm. Since 2014 I am also a permanent chronicler (fast spaltist) in VG. I work as a freelance writer for newspapers, magazines, comic strips and books; and hold lectures on inter-cultural issues and my experience of Norwegian culture in universities, companies and corporate events. You can send me an email at hello(at)lorelou(dot)com and check out my website at lorelou.com.
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