Alright. I will admit to homesickness. Everytime McDonalds or Starbucks is mentioned, I long for it. That nasty sugar-y-ness is what my soul needs. I miss my parents and my sibling. I’m fed up with being stared at. I miss being able to go where I want to without the fear of being looked at funny since I am an immigrant with no Norwegian skills.
I need a job. I need more money. I need language skills. All of this takes time and it’s getting irritating. I’m impatient at this point.
So what to do about it? I strive to fix it. I practice Norweigan on Duolingo and Tinycards. I speak with my Norweigan relatives. I have a job lead right now at an Italian restaurant and I’m trying very hard to get a job there. Being around another Italian that understands Grandiosa isn’t pizza but cardboard with jarlsburg cheese will greatly help homesickness. (I eat Grandiosa but it is NOT like having real pizza.) Soon, I will have school for Norwegian and meet other immigrants which will be super nice. I won’t feel so alone.
I also am trying to embrace the new culture and try new things. I had a sunshine roll or solskinnboller. though I greatly tried not to. I kept saying “ew” until my hubby made me eat one. It’s actually very good. It is a cinnamon bun with custard in the middle so it looks like a sun. I keep having to remind myself that I need to try new things.
Have you ever felt homesick? What did you do about it? Let’s chat.
The cheese everyone here seems to love but me. Ew.
This is what I listen to on tv a lot around my relatives right now. The debate on abortion is really obvious for me but I was told that was due to being a Christian American. Many Christian Americans are anti-abortion, making me stand out in the family among what Americans would label “leftist views” or even not Christian at all. I don’t know a whole lot about Norwegian politics but I recognize Knut. His face is on, like, everyday on the news.
If you live in Norway you might have noticed a lot of headlines about a guy called Knut Arild Hareide, the head of KrF aka The Christian Democrats Party. (If you are lacking behind in terms of Norwegian political parties read this: Norwegian Politics for Dummies and Clueless Foreigners.)
This is Knut Arild Hareide:
Knut Arild Hareide, leader of the Norwegian Christian Democrats
You might have also noticed from the media and angry Facebook posts with this kind of stuff that Norway might be about to change its Abortion law.
Now what is happening? Is it true? And what is the link between these two things? Here is an explanation for those who are trying to follow but don’t really manage (note that Norwegians, despite their small population, have a very high number of political dramas, scandals et tutti quanti every single year which can be hard to follow even…
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I absolutely love Risgrøt. Here in my area of Norway, we make it with rice and milk. It is topped with melted butter, cinnamon, sugar and raisins. We eat it for a meal all the time but especially the day before Christmas Eve. Simple to make but needs patience. Try some of this Norwegian rice porridge today!
Norway teaches its immigrants the language and all about Norway in free courses. I am so excited to do this! My life will be easier once I can speak and understand the world around me.
I have goals. In a years time, I hope to watch Pokemon in Norwegian and read Harry Potter. Reading Harry Potter might require a dictonary once in awhile but I am willing to struggle through the book. I read articles in Spanish when I was in Spanish class in highschool. We would translate them and it would take me a very long time to do. Once everything made sense it was a very rewarding feeling. I learned quicker.
Language will be one of the most important things I do to adapt to my Norwegian life.
I have much harder goals too, however. My hubby and I have been discussing universities. He wants to become an engineer. I have wanted to be an anthropologist or go for museum studies. Anthopology in short is the study of cultures. Museum studies will allow me to work in a museum and help teach others about various subjects. Norway pays for education, but I would need to know Norwegian and would probably need to minor in Norwegian as a second language. This would be hard for me. Unlike before with Spanish, I need to know Norwegian not just for everyday but at a higher proffessional level.
Right now, its baby steps.
I was what one would call a ¨gifted child.¨I excelled in most subjects in school and learned very quickly. Often this lead to boredom and lack of motivation to do anything in school. ¨The Gifted Child Program¨ was offered at about 10 years old. These classes were accelerated in speed of teaching and was more advanced. Most of my friends and I were all gifted.
This created division between children and competition. Who was the smartest child? Then, who was the least smart? There were a lot of mean comments towards me due to being not so good at math. I did not latch onto to concepts nearly as fast as everyone else. I struggled and almost got kicked out of the gifted program. I was even pulled aside and told I wasnt meeting the standard or, as I saw it as a child, I was not as smart as the other gifted children. Not only did I think that, but so did the other gifted children. I was humiliated as I raced to be on top of all subjects I knew I was good at. I decided math was the devil at an early age and never excelled despite all my efforts.
Norway has no gifted program. There is no such thing as gifted children. Everyone learns at the same pace no matter what. One cousin described Norway as a ¨gifted child killer.¨ If you are really excel, you are screwed. There is no program to nurture or challenge you.
Despite my struggles as a gifted child I think there should be something in place for children that struggle or excel in school. What are your thoughts? Have you been in such programs? What does your country offer children?
I had a discussion with my Norwegian relatives yesterday. I was asked to explain why Americans are so religious and all about church. I wanted to ask why they never go to church or include God in everyday…..
Here it goes.
Norwegians can be quite religious but rather than be in your face about it they keep it to themselves. Church going is viewed as social rather than a personal experience. From what I have gathered, Americans are the opposite. They even go door to door preaching.
Americans are described as ungeniune. Ouch. Smiles, conversations and even religion can be ungeniune. For example, maybe I really don’t know you therefore don’t care how you are. This is how Norwegians think. Why go to church, say you practice Christianity, and turn around and proceed to steal. Acting Christian and being genuine that you see church as a social event is seen as more acceptable in Norway.
Who’s wrong? Is anyone wrong or is this just culture differences? Maybe Americans need to learn to be more genuine. Leave a response below.