Nisse – Nordic Christmas brownie (hob).

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Many people wonder what is this little Christmas being, that appears in so many Scandinavian stories, songs and mainly in floklore. It comes from really old beliefs and with the simpliest words is the mythological creature (tomte, tomtenisse – Sweden, nisse – Norway, Denmark, tonttu – Finland). Nisse is the word derived from the name Nils, which is form of Nicholas. Continue reading “Nisse – Nordic Christmas brownie (hob).”

When you can’t control things.

When you can’t control how much snow will fall this week (but you really like the snow, your inner child), when you can’t control what you will have for dinner, because your fridge is empty, and there’s only one thing to be prepared (but you’re really craving some steak). When you can’t control if people who you love are in good or bad state of living (but it frustrates the hell out of you). But it gets really downhill, when you can’t control if people who you love, love you back.  Continue reading “When you can’t control things.”

Disconnection.

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It’s really important these days to unplug yourself. This post is not connected (see what I did there) to Norway, however, you can say it follow their good mindset. It’s rather hard to actually put our phones and laptops away, and just sit with a book and good music, or just doing house chores. Some people have no idea, how relaxing is cleaning your house. Also it’s a good exercise. Two birds, one stone.

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How to spare money in Norway.

According to independent.co.uk, Norway is on the 6th place of 21 most expensive countries to live in, with around 925£ per month to rent an 1 bedroom apartment. Bearing this in mind, is there any chance of possibility to live cheap there?

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Loneliness abroad.

As you move in a new land, you are full of excitement and happiness. You think: “this is it, this is my new start” – which isn’t far from the truth, because it’s clearly something new, a new life you might say. Even if your future there isn’t so clear and planned, and the only thing you know is your new flats’ address and where is your university. You’re happy.

But then you start to realize how far everything become. How far everyone is.

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Why Norwegians are often late?

That’s an interesting thing. I always thought (yeah, stereotypes) that when it comes to Nordic folks, they like to be on time. I even read that somewhere, but unfortunately I don’t remember.

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Hamar – first impression.

It’s… small. Really small, about 30,000 folks live here. But some people say that small is beautiful, and they’re absolutely right. In Norway you probably can’t find an ugly city, it’s just impossible. It’s like – å lete etter en nål i en høystakk – looking for a needle in a haystack.

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