Thursday, September 20, 2012

guest post: A Suitcase and Stilettos

I am tired. Or as The Husband would say it; tirwed.

I feel like we have traipsed all over the earth but we haven't really, only a few stops here and there around the South of France. But nonetheless, I have been worn down by my mother and her friends. The Golden Girls have got me beat.

Today I leave you with Megan and life in Norway. Take it away Megan...

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Hi everyone!  I'm Megan from A Suitcase and Stilettos and I'm so excited Sara asked me over to blog for her readers for a day!  I just hope I can keep you half as entertained as she usually would.

For those of you who have not stopped by my blog, I am an American living in Norway.  Scandinavian life was a major adjustment in some aspects, and a not so major adjustment in other aspects.  And while I hardly consider myself a foreigner anymore as I officially like sardines, I can still recall those days before I had adapted successfully to life in the north.



Snackin' on sardines.  I promise I smiled afterwards.

Little adjustment?  Not having American football accessible.




 Mr. All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go

This would be a major adjustment, but I have found my "ways" of accessing the games.  The waking up at 2am to watch them is another story. 

Big adjustment?  Finding smoked sheep heads just peacefully laying on the ground.  Now, granted, this was from a food festival.  But still...nothing about this is normal for an American city-girl.




Little adjustment?  Hanging out near glaciers and their 'run-off' (my old Geology teachers would be so proud I remembered that term).  Really...it only took me about 5 seconds to get used to it and embrace it.



Big adjustment?  Dang sheep.  Or are they goats?  I really have no idea.  But I do know that I never saw animals just hanging out in the middle of the roads in the US.  Unless they were on a suicide mission.




Little adjustment?  The rain.  While it does impact you more than you know, you learn to live with it and don't really think about it much anymore.  Although my rain boots (seen below) do have a hole in the bottom and I need to get that situation fixed...






I actually think my dog hates the rain though.  Or just me for transforming him into the Gorten's Fisherman.

Big adjustment?  Trying to not say 'This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!' every time we are on a road trip.  How can one seriously not be mesmerized by such a landscape??



Thanks so much for having me Sara and I hope you're enjoying your time away from this beloved blogosphere!  And thanks to all of you all for reading a little glimpse into my expat life here in Norway!  Be sure to stop by and say hi sometime!
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Tusen takk Megan!
(that's thank you very much in Norwegian btw)

I'm out.
As Lil' Wayne would say;
Now gonna take a nap man, its nap time. 
I'll holla back at you at snack time.

bisou

22 comments:

  1. i love Megan. she always has interesting travel stories. living in Norway sounds pretty exciting.

    and i think that's a goat

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    1. thanks niken!!! :) i always get the goats and sheep confused here and andre is constantly correcting me...i've just given up :)

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  3. btw thanks for having me sara :)

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  4. I have a photo (slash many photos) just like that last one from my recent visit to Norway. Unbelievably beautiful! I'm going to pop over to your blog now :)

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    1. isn't it gorgeous??? such a pretty country...but so is new zealand ;) thanks for your comment!

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  5. I'm following Gwan over to your blog for a look :)

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    1. thanks martine! going to check yours out right now too :)

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  6. You are both awesome, girls! And I enjoy all your posts! Your dog looks so cute in his rain coat, Megan! I want to travel to Norway too, it is so beautiful!

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    1. thanks katrin!!! and you can always come visit me in norway ;) we like visitors. and my dog likes new friends :)

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  7. Cannot wait to visit! And I love the pics of your pup in the Steelers uni

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    1. yea he is pretty sexy when he is reppin his team, isnt he? :)

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  8. Heh, we have suicidal sheep here too (well, not in the middle of Glasgow, but positively littered around the highlands!)

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    1. its beyond me why they prefer to hang out in the roads as opposed to those beautiful green fields...but what can ya do!? :)

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  9. Great post, Megan! Hahaha I laughed at the photo of the Smalahove just lying there :D Or saudehaud as some locals over there west call them (and I think sounds really funny). Have you ever tasted it? I haven't and don't plan to!

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    1. hahhaha yea i about died when i saw the smalahove just laying on the dang ground. ok, so i was at a farmer's market/norwegian food festival here in bergen when it happened, but totally took me by surprise. no one else but me seemed phased by it.

      at the same festival, i did try it. i stopped eating meat except fish (again) a few months ago so it was a little brutal when i tried it. but it kind of tasted like a nastier pinnekjøtt. i literally only tasted a cube though hahah! i doubt id do it again...

      thanks for the comment love!

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    2. Haha, "no one else but me seemed phased by it" :D I would be shocked as well...but I am from a place in Norway where I've never even seen a smalahove! And again, you make me laugh... "nastier pinnekjøtt"!! I don't like the smell and taste of pinnekjøtt so I got an idea....

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    3. ok so im so non american when i admit i LOVE pinnekjøtt. every american i know gags at the thought but i oddly love it. i dont tend to like most traditional norwegian foods either. but the smalahove dislike was probably because i knew i was eating a sheephead. i just cant ever get over that fact!

      btw: where in norway you from?

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    4. You like pinnekjøtt! I am impressed :) I grew up close to Hamar/Lillehammer, but Kristiansand is probably the city I would call 'home' in Norway now.

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    5. that is awesome :) i hope to get to visit all 3 sometime after i move east next week :)

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  10. Oh Megan.. doing me proud little grasshopper! :-) I really think you adjusted much faster than I did... :-)

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    1. haha i think i just took a lot of vacations this past year so i never had to sit around here too long. im going to be not leaving for a few months here starting now and we'll see just how well adjusted i am hahah!!! but at least ill be closer to you (and sweden for some cheaper alcohol).

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