Snow is accumulating and temperatures are sinking. So I’d say winter is here for good. And although you might cheer yourself up every morning by counting the days to Spring, you still need to get warm until that comes along. Time for a little Nordic course on how to keep warm whatever the temperature. Learn from the best! Choose the right fabric Forget about cotton … Continue reading 10 Norwegian Tips to Keep Warm in the Winter
Somehow I imagined Lithuania a bit different. The image I had in my mind was a country full of people queuing in front of stores, and big grey blocks as buildings. Sad people everywhere. And imagine, I went there in January, the darkest month of the year anywhere in Northern Europe. Continue reading Does Norway want to adopt Lithuania? (Please, it’s for a friend)
This blogpost is inspired by an article published in The Huffington Post stating 25 reasons why Norway is the greatest place on Earth. Here are my own reasons Norway is that place. Before I tell you why I think Norway really is the best place on Earth, let’s get this straight: Norway is not the best country on Earth for everyone. Norway is the worst place … Continue reading The Real Reasons why Norway is the Best Place on Earth
Norwegian tv is one of a kind. Americans like to watch people fight for their life on a deserted island, the French like to watch famous people debate endlessly, and the Norwegians like watching something called “slow tv”. Very slow. I started looking into it when I heard there was a show going on all summer (I believe it is every summer) on the Hurtigruten. The … Continue reading An Introduction to Breathtaking Norwegian TV
Every “happening” in Norway is an opportunity for us foreigners to learn about Norwegian customs: wearing a bunad for the 17th of May, drinking oneself to death and sleeping with one’s colleague for the Julebord (Christmas party), living in one’s underwear without taking a shower for 4 days during a hyttetur and so on. More recently, the Winter Olympics made me realise that sometimes Norwegians … Continue reading What is a Butter Boss (smøresjef) and other Norwegian lessons from the Winter Olympics
It’s been the Winter Olympics for over a week now and Norway is on the edge. The edge of glory or the edge of a national crisis. As a foreigner not particularly into the Olympic Games I can feel a palpable change of mood in Norway since the beginning of these games. Every new day of competition can bring either tears of joy and pride … Continue reading Why do Norwegians lose it during the Winter Olympics?
To know if you are having a little winter depression creeping in on you, try to answer these simple questions: Do you feel like the sun has abandonned you? Because it’s always dark when you go to work or to school, and still dark when you go home. Are you sleeping more than usual, feeling like you could stay in bed until Spring comes? Do … Continue reading How to Survive Your Winter Depression
This is what Norway will soon look like. So you better have some friends to keep you chatting in cafes and entertained in wild parties on long and dark Friday and Saturday evenings. Do not be scared! As some say, once you make a Norwegian friend, it is a friend for life. Here are a few tips for you to make friends in Norway. First … Continue reading How to Make Norwegian Friends?
Le kéké des neiges ressemble en de nombreux points au kéké des plages, mais quelques différences subsistent (kakou, kéké, cake sont des termes interchangeables dans la présente étude). Alors que l’on trouve la plupart des kékés des plages vers Marseille, Roquefort-la-Bédoule ou Biarritz, le kéké des neiges sévit plutôt au la Nord du cercle polaire: nord de la Suède, Norvège, et Russie (vers chez moi … Continue reading Le kakou des neiges. Etude comparative très sérieuse avec le kakou des plages
Voici mes premières impressions de la vie scandinave, en Janvier 2009 alors que je venais de décrocher un stage à Copenhague. Pays où on n’a que 6 heures de lumière par jour, mais ne comptez pas en profiter car ce sont vos heures de bureau, où à 16h il fait aussi noir qu’à 2h du matin, et où on voit le lever du soleil à … Continue reading Pays à vendre