I added a few new posts today so you might want to scroll down the page a bit before reading this one.
Anyways, I went to the library yesterday.
By the way, the library on campus is GORGEOUS. Never fear, I will take and post pictures of it eventually.
I had some time to kill before our next group meeting so I decided to putter around on the internet a while. I found computers in the library and tried to log on.
I tried to log on three times. Each time my password was wrong.
I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t log on. I even tried the password the IT department originally gave me, though I knew I had changed it. Even that didn’t work.
Then I realized the keyboard was different.
It’s not drastically different–I mean most of the keys are in the right spots. It was close enough that I could type my username correctly.
But what I didn’t notice was that:
1. There’s an arrow key between the Z and shift key, so basically every time I would try to shift I was just inserting a > into my password.
2. You know how when you press shift and then a number it will insert a !@#$%^ etc.? Yeah not so here. There’s a special key you have to press to make those symbols. Took me a few minutes to figure out which key it was.
3. The colon, quotation marks, question marks, and a few other symbols are on the number keys, too.
4. They have keys for å, ø, and æ. And the æ is where the apostrophe would be, so in the e-mails I was typing basically looked like this:
“Hei! The keyboards here are different so I canæt type very well.” and so on
This was made all the more difficult by the fact that when you type into the password slot, it comes up as the dots. So I didn’t know what the hell I was typing. Eventually I just tried pushing buttons in the username slot to see what letters I was actually coming up with.
Don’t worry though, after a few minutes I managed to log in to my account.
I still looked like a complete idiot though, staring at the keyboard, desperately searching for the keys I needed.
Other differences in Norway (whenever my friends travel to foreign countries, I’m always very interested in hearing about the things are different in that country. So that’s why I post so much about the differences here in Norway):
1. Generally when you’re on public transportation in the US, people get up to leave the bus when you arrive at the stop, not before. Not here in Norway–everybody stands up way before you arrive at the station.
2. Dogs are EVERYWHERE–on the subway, in the middle of the city, on the ski slopes, just wherever.
3. Classes are completely different from in the US. At Minnesota, a five credit course means you meet five days a week for 50 minutes each day. Not the case here. Two of my classes (which are five credits each) only meet once a week for an hour and fifteen minutes. What? There’s also the fact that here, the grade for most of your classes is based on only a final. No pressure or anything. Registration is completely different too. In the US when you register, you know how many seats are open in the class, and when you sign up for the class, you know immediately whether you’re in the class or not. Here, you can’t see how many seats are open in the class, and you have to apply for the class. Then the department admits you to the class after you’ve applied. So right now I’ve been admitted to two of my three classes, and I won’t know until Saturday night or Sunday morning which section of my Norwegian language class I’m in since I’ve applied to it, but I haven’t been admitted to it yet. Weird. I don’t like not knowing my schedule just days before the semester starts. Oh, the classes I’m taking are:
Norwegian life and society
Fun, hey? 🙂