Thursday, September 30, 2010

Last day of September

Well, it looks like I have pretty much made it through this past week. I have no idea how I did on my Norwegian exam, but I am hoping for the best. My class is trying to pull something together this weekend so we can practice some more speaking. I think it will be a lot of fun. :D This next week will be tough too. I have an exam in my Film and Fiction class on Thursday. I am not too nervous for it because I have been to ever class and have done all the readings. The only difficult part left is writing an exam for three hours. Ugh. I am ready for my hand to fall off already just thinking about it. It takes me back to my freshman year at Luther when I had to write my two exams for Paideia. Ugh Paideia!

Other than Film and Fiction, which is in English by the way, I have to write two pages for Norwegian by Tuesday on a topic of my choice. I think I will write about the family live in Norway because I have an okay start on it so far and I am betting that Kine, Fay, and Nana will be willing to help me out and have a lot to add. Especially since it has to be 6 - 8 pages! Oy! Did you know that the paper in Norway is a different size than in the US? Who would have guessed. I guess it makes sense that they don't use 8.5 X 11 inch paper, but it never dawned on me. Instead, they use the A4 standard which means more for me to write to fill up a page. In addition to the paper, I have to give a presentation about the author Knut Hamsun. We just finished reading one of his books in Film and Fiction, so I hope I can find some interesting things about him. And did I mention that I am not allowed to use any notes and that this must be 100% in Norwegian. Double trouble there. But the problem with this is that the class in which we are giving the presentations is over lapping with our exam period for Film and Fiction. I'm not sure what will happen with this then. Scheduling here is rather crazy!

Let's see here, what else is happening in Bø? Umm, I guess the weather is getting colder. We have had a good frost the last two mornings and it hasn't been getting much above the mid 50's during the days. It is now officially sweatshirt weather and wearing my lighter jacket when I have classes in the morning. Brr! But I do like the cooler weather and I am looking forward to seeing how much snow we will get here. I am just not looking forward to trekking up the hill with a back pack full of eggs and other groceries.

Speaking of groceries, I just bought a little over 12 pounds of potatoes. There are a lot in that bag! So if you have any good recipes that use potatoes and not many other ingredients, let me know. Currently my spice cabinet contains salt, pepper, and sugar. :D Not much variety, I know. But on a lighter side, I will only be here for 80 more days and then I can raid mom's spices. Wow, only 80 more days, that's crazy! Time seems to fly sometimes and I hope that my Norwegian learning will start to get kicked into high gear soon. It is rather frustrating, but I am glad that we have started to meet as a group outside of class. That should help a lot!
Well, this is good for now. And Sharron, when I was in Bergen, I didn't go to any of the art museums there, but they did have a couple and even one that went on for more than a city block and wrapped around the park with the fountain which you can see in one of the pictures I posted. The museum included all those buildings on the top side of the water. Also, thanks for reading and commenting too! :)


  1. Hey Aaron,

    If you get back to Bergen, you'll have to go explore that HUGE museum. I found it in the photo - looked like a wonderful place to wander. One could spend days there!

    Potatoes, hmmm. We like potatoes, green beans, and ham (or Canadian bacon - Reportedly the European bacon is MUCH better than American - more meaty). Green beans are still in season here at farmer's markets, potatoes too. We just snap the beans, put them in a pot of water to boil, peel and cut potatoes, and add them. And brown up the ham/bacon/whatever in a fry pan to add to the mix. Salt and pepper is usually all you need with the bacon flavor. Doesn't take long to get everything boiled till fork tender. We usually bake up some cornbread to go with it - do they have Jiffy there!?! :) Carl likes to add pickle juice also! Anyhow, it is one of our favorite summer dishes. And better the next day(s) as leftovers.

    And how about just some potatoes sliced or cut in cubes fried/sauteed in butter? Again, with pepper and salt. A bit of ketchup adds a lot. Goes well with eggs. You'll probably have made up some good recipes by the time you get through eating all those potatoes!

    Good luck on all your papers, presentations, exams, and meeting all the schedules! Ahh, now that is real college life! Although doing it in Norwegian would be an extra challenge. Sounds like you are still enjoying yourself and is good you are meeting outside of classes with other students. That is what it is all about - networking!

    Keep warm. Is it getting darker quicker there? Days seem to be getting much shorter over on this side of the ocean. And you are much further north than Wisconsin? Anywhere near land of the midnight sun (summer) and dark (winter)? Keep those warm jackets and sweatshirts handy.

    Have fun for the rest of your 80 days - yes, it will go so quickly! Thanks for blogging! We are not yet Facebook folk, but your mom keeps on us to get over to the other side! Know we should, but we are soooo old school! Someday!

    Take care and ENJOY learning - no matter how hard it may be at the time, it WILL pay off!

    Cousins Sharon and Carl

  2. baked potatoes, fried potatoes and mashed. Or you can just boil them, mash them with a fork add salt, pepper and butter.

    Do you think the hill will be icy? do you need some spikes?