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Covered In Mud And Reeking Of Fish: My Great Scientific Adventure

It was light when we started removing hundreds of fish from our nets. Now it is raining, dark, and cold as we untangle trout and char under the headlights of ... read more

12 Jan 2009
 

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The Best Place To Get Sick In Rural Norway

“What is it you want to study again?” Leena checks. “Physical therapy.” Her eyes light up. “Then I’ll have to introduce you to Karin,” she says, adding another name ... read more

23 Feb 2009
 

Insider Tips

Being an American

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Americans are rare but English is ubiquitous

Norway is not swarming with Americans, but English can be found anywhere. As attractive as Norway is, many people find their way here from various homes and languages, often making ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Books

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Lonely Planet will keep you company

Despite my intention of fitting into Norwegian culture I couldn’t lose my grip on Lonely Planet Norway. I felt like a tourist every time I pulled it out, but ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Culture Shock

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They're not shunning you, they're just shy

I expected to see smiling faces at every turn—nothing but calls of “Hei!” from ruddy cheeked blondes—when I arrived in Norway, but I was caught off guard with ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Dating

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It's not just a drink

If you want to buy a drink for the girl at the end of the bar, know that it is an investment. With the price of alcohol so high, the ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Etiquette

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Take your shoes off

I stood around staring at everyone’s thick wool socks, and then I looked down at my own feet in tennis shoes before scooting away to slip them off by ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Fashion

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Gore-Tex and Gucci

“Hiking boots on a Saturday night?” my friend laughed on our way through the snow to a birthday party. We had hoods pulled up like all of the Norwegian’s ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Food

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That's not peanut butter

When you see what appears to be a slice of peanut butter on a waffle, know this: it is not peanut butter. You will be disappointed if you take a ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Health

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In case of emergency, break glass, use helicopter

Seeing so many ruddy cheeks exercising around town and walking into smokeless clubs whenever I went out, it is no surprise to me that Norwegians have one of the longest ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Music

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I love the 80s

In the most peaceful nation in the world according to the Economist Intelligence Unit and at the top of the Human Development Index, it was quite the surprise to hear ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Nightlife

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Nurse that beer

Be prepared for a light night of drinking in Norwegian clubs. With beer averaging over 60 kroner ($9) for a half liter—and it can be much higher depending on ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Packing

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Bring a raincoat or two

My decision to be more fashionable than practical was a bad one. I decided to venture into Bergen without rain pants because jeans seemed more fitting. After an afternoon in ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Religion

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Find Yahweh into the forest

Eighty percent of Norwegians are registered Lutherans, but as my roommates and I made our way into the forest for some tranquility on a Sunday morning, we estimated that we ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Slang

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Don't worry, they speak English

It’s okay, they speak English. They speak it well. I live across the street from a grocery, and the clerks know I’m American. Still, every time I step ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Sports

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Skiing without the sunburn

For a country with a supposedly untouched countryside, I couldn’t get over one thing—what is the deal with all of these streetlights in the woods? With the winter ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Getting Around

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The boat will leave when it can

My brother and I walked tentatively onto the ferry and peeked through the staff only doorway. No ferries left yesterday, and this was our first chance today. Dressed in neon ... read more

10 Feb 2009
TV

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TV time capsule

Outdated English shows are common in Norway, and there is no silly Iron Chef style dubbing here. That means you can enjoy back episodes of the Survivor season you missed ... read more

10 Feb 2009
Must Do

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Ditch the guide book and hit the countryside

Get out of the cities, move away from the guidebook destinations and take a bus to someplace you have never heard about. It’s the travel advice so many people ... read more

10 Feb 2009
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