Norway On My Mind

Img_1286I’ve been thinking about Norway a lot recently because it was about this time last year that I took the plunge and bought my plane ticket.  One of the things I really liked about Bergen was that it reminded me a lot of Minnesota, except with mountains, and in Norwegian.

Norway was both comfortably familiar, and interestingly foreign.

It’s strange. Had I won that job I would have been in Norway all year.  I think it would have been a good fit (it certainly would have been an adventure), but I am glad for the year I’ve had in Buffalo.   I feel a lot more grounded and focused than I felt a year ago.   The whole Norway experience felt like a crazy jostle between dream-following and careening escapism.  I’m glad that I had the experience, and that I followed a whim all the way to Norway, but I’m also glad that I no longer feel so desperate to shake things up.

I still want to shake things up, but now it feels more like putting one foot in front of the other, and making things happen.  Last year, shaking thing up felt like running as fast as I could off the nearest cliff, just to see where I would land.

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Here is a little extra bit of funniness.  When I  was looking at my Norway photos to chose some pictures for this post, I found two pictures that made me laugh.  On my last day in Norway I took day tour called “Norway in a Nutshell”.  The trip involved traveling all around the beautiful Norwegian countryside by train, boat, and bus.  On one of the legs of the trip I found myself on a funny little Harry Potter-esque train.

Before the train got crowded I took this goofy picture of myself:

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Later on, when the train was quite full, a woman stole my primo seat while I was getting something out of my bag which was in an overhead compartment.  I thought this was quite rude, so in protest and revenge I took this picture of her with no warning.  After I took the picture I apologized and pretended that it was an accident, that I hadn’t meant to take the picture.

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Heh.

I feel a little bad for posting this unflattering picture because I ended up talking to her, and she seemed pretty nice.

But this picture made me laugh today, so I decided to post it.  I guess I’m a bitch that way.  Don’t steal my seat!

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1 Response to “Norway On My Mind”


  1. 1 Christina March 30, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Supper Club would have never happened if you were in Norway…

    I laughed at the picture of the Seat Burglar too!


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