I will admit that some people I know don’t even know that we’re moving yet. We are waiting for the right time to announce it to family. I know some relatives may take it hard or even get angry. I’ve already had people just say “Why don’t you get a full time job and get insurance?” “Why are you moving? Just for healthcare?”
They don’t get it. My overall health will improve by moving. Food quality and water quality are other reasons to move. Food is fresh. For example, I was making breakfast once and kept throwing out eggs. The yolk was orange so I thought it was rancid. My brother in law stopped me and said they are supposed to be that way! Our yellow yolk eggs in the US are old. Then meat is also fresher. Red dye is not added to meat to make it look fresh like in the US. Water can be drank from the mountain streams right outside my mother-in-law’s house. Water around here in the US is filthy. I wouldn’t even swim in Lake Michigan anymore.
I also feel I do not need to explain to others how I feel everyday. I battle not sleeping constantly. That the doctors know I have some kind of autoimmune disorder that they decided to call fibromyalsia for lack of any other name to call it. They don’t know the thousands I spend each year on just type 1 diabetic supplies alone. They have no clue how much medication I’m on to just be healthy and prevent worse things down the road.
Another comment was about that I would not be safe from terrorism. “The world is too crazy right now.” The world was crazy starting with September 11th. I was young then and I vowed that I would not live in fear, since that is what they want. Living in fear is not freedom. I will not wait till things “settle down” in the world. I don’t think that will happen in my lifetime.
I’m finding that justifying myself to other people is just reassuring all the reasons to move. Although it’s very annoying, I’m getting myself more and more at ease. This is really an exciting time in my life. I should be happy and not scared of all these things people keep bringing up.
Right now, I feel excited and scared about this move. There are many things happening that are painful and nasty.
I have to get rid of things.
My cats are being adopted out. I freaking love my cats.
I am leaving my family
The paperwork to stay in Norway is confusing.
However I am visiting Norway and feeling a sense that moving is the right thing to do. I am surrounded by a network of people that will be able to help me. This is obvious. I am far less stressed out here. And oh my goodness is it pretty…. we got off the plane and I could smell the ocean.
Here are things I am excited about:
I will be getting an Apple computer with Adobe photoshop from my brother in law
One of my brothers in law will be living with us
I will techiniquely be living with two new cats
I will start a hobby of photography. This blog will turn into a photojournal blog.’
Leaving the United States Healthcare mess.
There are many things to be excited about. I just do not want to deal with all the negatives. 😦
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My medications, my supplies and my machines cost a fortune without insurance. What would I do without my insurance? US healthcare is changing and I may once again have to switch to another insurance provider- if I can with pre-existing conditions.
It’s very scary to think of what I would pay to stay alive. It’s really ridiculous that there are people in America struggling to pay the cost of insulin because they can’t get or afford healthcare. I lost my doctors and hospital due to Obamacare- but others literally lost their whole insurance plans.
With healthcare being debated in the US right now, I’m concerned about what the new healthcare bill will say. If it says premiums go up for pre-existing conditions I will HAVE TO move to Norway. Most people in the States do not have that luxury.
Norway’s healthcare system is cheaper and I won’t need to be afraid anymore. What about everyone else- even outside the US. Something needs to be done.
By the Sea– We will be living near the coast or on an island. It’s very serene.
Socialist– Yes, I actually like that they are Socialist. It works well for Norway and their people.
Healthcare system– Healthcare in Norway costs about $400 a year vs my $10,000 per year. Big big big big reason to leave the States.
Kim’s Family lives in Norway
Less Stressful life- Lifestyle of Norway differs from the United States. ?Mental illness is more taken care of?
Personalities of Norwegian Peoples– It’s not go-go-go all the time like it is in the States. They are far more relaxed overall, but they are “cold” or in my experiences reserved and shy with strangers. The notion they aren’t social is a myth however. They know how to party hard.
Safe– You can walk around at night without the fear of being shot or raped. Your children are safe left alone. The mentality of Norwegians are just different in how they treat one another.
“Allemannsrett” or All Man’s Right Law– You have the freedom to explore uncultivated land.
Forests– Norwegians love their forests. Hiking is HUGE in Norway! They have trails everywhere.
History– They have a rich history and culture that I am already a fan of. Like, I’m a nerd.
Right to Vacations and Time off– Ever feel pressured to never request off or feel guilty for requesting time off in the States? I do. That all is unheard of in Norway. They want you to take vacations.
Work to Live not Live to Work mentality
System for Retirement– Social Security won’t exist for my generation.
Food– Some preservatives and additives to food are not allowed. Food is fresher and healthier. Their food culture overall is a healthier one. Being a type 1 diabetic, this should help me a lot.
My husband and I have been talking literally everyday about moving to Norway. He wants to talk out my fears and understand that I have a support system there. That support system is made of his family, our friends and himself. I will not be completely alone- although I may feel like it.
Here are some of my fears about moving out of the United States:
I will not speak the language fluently: I’m not sure about the reaction of Norwegians when they find out an immigrant doesn’t speak their language. I will feel embarrassed and fumble for words. I have a plan to use Duolingo, a workbook and Nemi comics from Norway to learn to read, write and speak Norwegian.
My side of the family lives in the United States.
Can I still cook Italian Food?!: This is a huge deal to me. I can’t leave all of my own culture behind. I don’t know how to cook Norwegian.
Land of the Midnight Sun: The daylight in Norway is different. Summer has long hours of light. Winter has short hours of light. Will this affect me physically and/or mentally?
Racisim: I am not entirely white. As part Sicilian, I’m part Jewish, Arab and part even part black. My skin golden olive. Will I encounter racisim?
Terrorism: I really wish I didn’t have to worry about terrorism in Norway but if you have paid attention- I do have to worry. “Keep Norway Norwegian” is a slogan my husband said exists. Some few may seriously hate foreigners.Others may hate Roman influence such as the “Christianization” of the Norwegian people and my people are the ones that did this.
Problems Shopping: Stores will be different and therefore no Sephora and no Ulta will be around. Can I even order offline? What about shopping for food? What if I can’t read labels? I’m diabetic and reading measurements of carbs is a big deal. I already know the way their labels are read are different than the United States.
Friends: Of course I will miss my friends in the US. I don’t know how hard it will be to make friends once I am in Norway. I have a couple already, however.
Medical Personal: I have a team of doctors in the States. I’m not exactly healthy. I’ve got type 1 diabetes and a possible other disease. Can I trust Norwegian healthcare to suit my needs?
***I want to add this post is in no way meant to slander the Norwegian people.***