In memory of those we lost July 22nd 2011. I hope the Norway we keep working on is one that would have made you proud.

I still miss you.


Utøya: after the massacre

In the aftermath of the Utøya island shooting in Norway in November 2011, Andrea Gjestvang began taking portraits of its young survivors. Her pictures won her the top prize at the Sony World Photography awards

Picture 1: ‘I bear my scars with dignity,’ says 15-year-old Ylva Schwenke, ‘because I got them standing for something I believe in’

Picture 2: Marius Hoft, 18, hid on a ledge to avoid the shooting. His best friend fell and died in front of his eyes

Picture 3: Cecilie Herlovsen, 17, tried to hide at the south end of the island, but Breivik shot her in the right arm, shoulder and chin. The last bullet was stopped by her wisdom tooth, which most likely saved her life

Picture 4: Iselin Rose Borch, 15, now suffers from constant nightmares – she gets comfort from her dogs

Picture 5: Best friends Victoria Froeyd, 18, and Sofie Nilsen, 17, hid together in the school building until the police rescued them

Picture 6: Alexander Sandberg, 16, hid under a sofa in the school building until Breivik was arrested

Picture 7: Ina Libak, 21, hid behind a piano in the island’s café where she was shot in her hands, jaw and chest

Picture 8: Eirin Kristin Kjær, 20, ran to a cave, but was shot in the stomach, arm, knee and armpit while trying to protect her younger friends

Picture 9: Aina Helgheim, 19, says: ‘I like to sit here, because I feel that my dead friends are in the nature that surrounds us’

best norwegian books: a long, really good one: the Beatles, Lars Saabye Christensen. a short and easy one: muleum, Erlend Loe. (last one might be called something else in english although I guess not :D. )

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Ahh! yes! the beatles is really good! <3
Haven’t read muleum, but Erlend Loe is an amazing author

about books, I once read a book about a girl that lost her battle to cancer, it is called Regines bok. It is also been translated to English and you can find it under the name Regine's Book. I don't know if this helps

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Ah, yes! a very moving book. 
thank you for the tip! :)

As a norwegian myself i'd really just like to hear someone elses thought on the thing that we norwegians are so reserved. I often hear it's just because of out god damn winter but i'm just curious to hear. Thanks

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Well, I think it’s more that most Norwegians don’t want to bother other people, or interrupt their privacy. It is rare that strangers randomly start talking here, but it does happen. This happens mostly when people need help with f.ex. directions, or letting people know if they’ve lost something (like a wallet). But yeah. The fact that we don’t want to bother others by talking about random things, has made us look like we are very reseved. This, in most cases, is not the truth. I think very many norwegians would talk to you, if you started a conversation. Or at the least smile, and answer politely. 

Are there any really popular norwegian books that you could recommend? I doesn't matter if they're children's books/thriller/fiction/autobiographies, whatever. i just really like to read and I find it helps me learn :) Jeg håper du har en fin dag! :D

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Hmm. Well, personally, I think there’s a LOT of good norwegian litterature. I find it hard to choose, though.

If you like thriller/crime/scary books, I’d say Jo Nesbø’s or Unni Lindell’s books are worth taking a look at.
I’d also reccomend books by Tore Renberg (Mannen som elsket Yngve, Charlotte Isabell Hansen and Kompani Orheim). (not scary, but good reads)

If you like classics, I’d reccomend anything Henrik Ibsen, Amalie Skram or Alexander Kielland

If you want an easy read in New Norwegian, I’d reccomend the childrens book “Vaffelhjarte”, by Maria Parr. 

I could list a ton of other books, but for the sake of this post, I’ll short it down to this. 

If anyone else has books to reccomend, feel free to tell us!

Why we toast

(on back of the packing for some licorice pastilles I got called “Viking”)

(sorry if this is advertising, but I found it really funny)

"The tradition of someone’s glass touching your glass when making a toast is said to originate from the vikings. The vikings used their horns and helmets as mugs. The "mugs" were supposed to be thrusted so hard towards each other that the beer splashed over to the other one when they met. It showed trust to do this, because that way you would know that the beer was not poisoned. " 

Hey guys!
I’m going on holiday today, so this blog will be on hiatus for a few days until Karen comes home from ‘murica. (Can’t remember what date. I’m such a good friend. I think she said 7th or 10th July or something….)
Hope you’re all having a good summer and are enjoying this beautiful weather we’re having (haha!). Take care!

Omg julebrus i juli :O

Omg julebrus i juli :O

Do you think a 5 hr layover at the Oslo Gardermoen airport would give me enough time to take a train into the city to walk around a bit? Maybe you have an idea about how efficient the trains are? I hate to be so close and not at least attempt to get a glimpse!

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The express train in to the city takes about 20 mins, so I think you’d have time for a little trip into the city. However I don’t know how often it goes, but you could probably find out on the express train’s (flytoget) website.

As a geologist, it's my dream to study in Norway one day. I want to move there and get my PhD in geophysics. And maybe I'll marry a nice Norwegian. Don't tell my boyfriend...

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Your secret’s safe with me ;)

Du har ikke levd før du har spist vaffel med nugatti