Food & Hammocking

Welcome back to my Norwegian experience! It has been a beautiful two weeks here in Oslo and on one of the few bleak rainy days (today) I am here sharing a few highlights.

I have always enjoyed entertaining and with Oslo being one of the most expensive places in the world to eat out, making homemade food for friends is much cheaper. Thus far I have held waffle, smoothie, and tropical dessert parties for everyone. I have also made quiches, mango cheesecake, and banana nut bread to share. A few pictures can be seen below of my culinary adventures in Oslo:

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Smoothie Night with Jordan (center) and Genissis (right)

 

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Jordan’s Birthday Party

 

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The supplies for creating the 9-layer pina colada parfait for tropical night

 

In addition to enjoying good food & friends, I have started all my classes and am getting used to the education format here. It tends to be more project-based with a large amount of weight placed on the final (>80% typically). Once I have a few projects to talk about, I will be sure to write a blog post on them, since two of the courses I am taking are internationally recognized for their academic learning outcomes. When I am not in the classroom I have found time to enjoy hammocking while the weather was still warm and sunny in Oslo.

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Matching hammocks after a hike to Vettakollen overlooking the city

 

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Went back to Ekebergparken (from my first blog post), but this time explored and found a spot overlooking the bay

 

That should just about wrap it up for this week’s blog post. Stay tuned, Oktoberfest Oslo is happening this weekend and I am sure there will be lots of great pictures from it. I think there might be homemade Bavarian pretzels in my future. Until then, stay safe and keep on adventuring.

 

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Initial Experience in Oslo, Norway

The past few days have been an absolute whirlwind. I cannot even begin to tell you the adventures and friendships I have already made while here in Oslo. I will do my best to give you a synopsis of the beginning of my fall semester in Norway!

It all started with a total of 24 hours of flights including delays, layovers, gate running, lost luggage, and time changes. I was thankfully able to have a few relaxing moments on the journey, including meeting up with an old friend during a layover from the National Youth Science Camp I attended a few years back.

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Alexandra and I in ATL

Once I arrived in Oslo, Norway and waited a few hours for my baggage I was finally able to start my journey. One huge benefit when it comes to Oslo is the incredibly diverse transit systems that are implemented throughout the city. I would come to find out later that this is invaluable, however just coming off 24 hours of flights, it was difficult to navigate the city properly. After much trial and error, I was finally able to pick up my keys, and head to my apartment for the semester!

I chose to live in an area called Grünerløkka in the central part of Oslo. The area was once an industrial mecha in Oslo that has recently been turned into a desirable modern part of the city. The student house is actually inside of an old grain silo that was converted into apartments.

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Grünerløkka studenthus

I will go into detail about the rooms in a later post once I have finished decorating the apartment!

The first week was filled with nonstop orientation activities. I could go on forever about the friends that I made during the week, although it would fill a short novella. I think the following two photos sum up the week beautifully.

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Welcome Ceremony at the Old University of Oslo Campus

 

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Ekebergparken Park Overlooking the Bay (Only a 15-minute tram ride from where I live)

 

This past weekend I decided to go with some friends to Göteborg, Sweden for a quick Saturday excursion. We took the bus for only $35 roundtrip and a quick 3-hour ride to spend the day. It just so happened that the cultural festival was that weekend along with EuroPride 2018, which provided a lot of activities to complete during our visit! Here are some highlights from the trip:

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Enjoying the Nautical History of Sweden

 

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Appreciating the overcast 60-degree day with Jack (left) & Austin (center)

 

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Relaxing after a long day of walking the city

 

Well, that about concludes it for this weeks blog post! I have lots more to share, but I plan on saving certain experiences for themed posts in the future. Also, keep a watch out for my more technical side, as my courses have started this week and I plan on doing some photography magic with the advanced programming skills I will be learning. Until then, have a great week!