Before I stopped writing, I started to get worried about offending Norwegians by being too honest about some of my experiences in Norway (despite having lots of positive feedback from Norwegians about the blog). I spent a lot of time thinking about learning to fit in to a different culture, and whether assimilation was something that I wanted or even had a choice about. And, all that thinking led to stalling. I continued to take down notes about things I'd like to discuss in the blog, but did not go so far as to publish them.
Then I got a puppy. And all thoughts of writing went entirely out the window for a good long while :)
At any rate, here I am, 1 year, 3 months, and 20 days since moving to beautiful Bergen, Norway, and I sincerely hope to rekindle the blog-writing momentum.
A brief summary of the last year is probably in order:
- I took five (yes, five) trips back to the States (to CA, NYC, and New Orleans) amounting to something like 130 hours in the air.
- We visited beautiful Portugal with Gisle's family.
- I began taking Norwegian classes at the Folkeuniversitetet i Bergen, which usually met two days a week for three-to-four hours each session (more on that in future posts).
- I had the opportunity to see more of Norway, visiting Gisle's family in Ål, Ranvika, & Oslo.
- Together with a neighbor, I helped start a dog-owners group in our neighborhood, now 85 members strong and currently petitioning for a dedicated dog park on the mountain trail (more on this some other post).
- We began hosting on Airbnb, renting out our second bedroom to travelers. I estimate that we've hosted nearly 300 individuals in that time, and had overwhelmingly positive experiences. Again, more on this in future posts.
- I began giving English lessons to professionals (just on a very small-scale for now), and learned that I genuinely enjoy this type of work.
- And, the most life-changing thing to occur this year was learning that we are going to be parents - a fact which has occupied the majority of my thoughts (and over-thinking tendencies) for the last five months. We are so eager to welcome our son to the world - due this coming November.
So, that is that. With minor trepidation, due to the self-involved nature of this post, I will hit the "publish" button, and wish you a wonderful day. Until next time, ha det!