Saturday, August 21, 2010

One Week in Telemark

Let's see here. It has been one week since I have arrived in Bø and I am getting pretty used to the town. I know where the things that I will need are and how to find my way back. I have had one class period in three out of the four classes I am planning on taking. I still don't know if I will take the Computer Science one or not. I have a schedule conflict on Fridays with my other classes so I won't be able to make it to class then. I was hoping to take it all independently, but I don't think the professor will be willing to do that. I guess I will find out this week. My Norwegian class is extremely difficult so far. The class is all in Norwegian, as I had expected, but there is still so much that I don't know. Hopefully it will get better as time goes on. :) My last two classes seem like they will be a lot of fun. I am taking a class that has to do with Telemark (the county that I am going to school in) and how people live and react in society and nature. It seems like it will be an interesting class because it talks about lifestyle changes and why Norwegians act and think like they do. My other class is called The Individual Environs and Society. It goes along with my Telemark class but focuses more on the nature aspect. In this class, we go on four hikes during the semester and pretty much be as Norwegian as we can be. :)

Other than that, there isn't too much that is new here. I am starting to get a wider variety of food, but I still am relying on eggs and bread as a major food source. The peanuts here are really good too and not that expensive. I am sure they will be the thing that I buy the most. :) I have also been eating raisins a lot for snacks.

Another thing that I find different about Norway is my class schedule. I don't have any classes on Mondays or Wednesdays which is very nice. My Telemark and Environs class alternate on Fridays. My film class (the one that I haven't been to yet) is only on Thursdays. And Norwegian is on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Therefor, I have a lot of free time which is nice and lets me practice more Norwegian and be able to get to know the area better. I am glad that I don't have to walk to school every day since it is so far. Even in nice weather, I don't much care to walk up that big hill to get back to my apartment. O yea, and when a Norwegian says that there it will be an easy walk without any big hills, they are lying! The concept of a hill to me and to them varies greatly.

Well, that's about it for now. Time to get back to some more reading for my classes.


  1. We need to see a picture of this hill we keep hearing about