From January 2nd to July 29th, 2012, I studied abroad in Oslo, Norway. During that time, I took classes about Norwegian cultures and music, cross-country skiied my way all over the countryside surrounding Oslo, made friends from all over the world, and traveled my way around Norway and 17 other countries in Europe. At the risk of sounding cliche, it was an experience that truly changed my life. Traveling by myself through much of Europe, I got lost, struggled with language barriers, got lost again, panicked about getting lost, and sometimes questioned what I was doing. But I made it, and in doing so, I discovered much about myself.

Along the way, I met some Norwegians, all of whom broke my heart because of how amazing and perfect they were. I had the time of my life with them; they helped me with Norwegian, showed me around Norway, and opened their homes to me. My experience would have been completely different had I not met them.

Now, having returned to the US, I’m trying to return back to “normal” life while at the same time spending way too much time looking at flights and volunteer programs abroad. In my time studying abroad, I awakened a deep wanderlust that refuses to leave.

Anyways, welcome to my blog! Feel free to stalk the dark caverns of my blog’s past and relive my memories of Norway and the rest of Norway. Hopefully I’ll be traveling in the near future (HINT HINT mom), at which point you’ll hear from me again 🙂

Random blog fact: The word “Norway” itself means “the northward route” or “the north way,” hence the title of the blog. In Norse mythology, Huginn and Muninn were a pair of ravens that bring the god Odin information. In Old Norse, “huginn” means “thought” and “muninn” means “memory.” So, in English, the tag line reads as “memory and thought.”

As always, comments/questions are much appreciated!


20 responses to “About

  1. Hej Jennifer!
    Just been reading your blog and it looks like you are having a wonderful time what with seeing the Lights and the skiing and visiting some of my favourite places in Stockholm too. All the very best and thanks for visiting my blog 🙂 Joanna

    • Thank you for visiting MY blog, Joanna! I am looking forward to reading through your recipes and trying them out once I get home. Also, Zeb is adorable 🙂

  2. Jennifer,
    Thanks for visiting my photoblog. I envy your adventure in Norway but your home page makes me cold just to look at it. Hopefully some of my warm climate animal photos can help keep you warm over there. Have a great time.

    • Thank you for your comment, Scott! It’s actually pretty warm here right now 🙂 I’m hoping it cools down a bit since we need more snow for skiing, but I must admit, I am enjoying the warm temperatures. I will enjoy looking at your warm climate animal photos while drinking tea! 🙂

  3. Hi Jennifer! I love your blog. I too was an exchange student in Switzerland where I met my husband. Enjoy every minute of it, because it will be some of the best times of your life! Have fun traveling this weekend!

  4. Hi Jennifer! I spend the summer in Shetland (Britain’s most northerly isles) and I’ve often thought about crossing to Norway … thanks for your comment on Glass Onion … enjoying your blog …

    • Thank you for your comment, Robin, and you should definitely try and come to Norway! It’s absolutely beautiful here–stunning mountains and forests everywhere, and of course the fjords can’t be beat.

    • Thank you so much, Max! I really appreciate the nomination! I will definitely participate with the ABC Award, but first I need to get caught up on my England posts since I’m quite behind and I leave for Ireland on Thursday 😛

  5. I’m so glad I found this blog, it’s great! I have one question, I’m planning on doing a europe tour with my girlfriend, starting in January 2014. Obviously to cope with the cold weather conditions, layering will be neccesary. How did you cope with the cold and did you ever to struggle for space in your backpack? Thankyou, Adam.

    • Hi Adam, thanks for visiting my blog! Which countries in Europe are you planning on going to? I usually didn’t have many problems with the cold since I’ve lived in cold places my entire life, so it might be different depending on where you live! But yes, definitely layer–at least two pairs of thick socks, warm shoes/boots, and long underwear under normal clothes is a must! Usually when I get really cold it’s my feet and my face, so if you wear a lot of socks and make sure to take a scarf, you should be okay. Also if you’re walking around in cities and get too cold you can walk around in gift shops for a while to warm up 🙂 Or drink hot liquids!
      About your other question, I did occasionally struggle for space in my backpack, mainly because I had my laptop which took up a ton of room. I found it helped to roll my clothes instead of folding them, and taking travel-size bottles of shampoo, etc. helps. You should be fine though as long as you don’t overpack–I only really had problems when I bought too many large souvenirs and had my laptop with me 🙂
      I hope you have so much fun on your European tour!!! Let me know if you have any other questions, and take care.

      • Thanks for the advice Jennifer! We’re looking at travelling through the main cities in France, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland and a month+ stop in Germany. We won’t be going any more easterly than Poland (warsaw/krakow). We’re looking at doing it on a budget of about £70 (85 euros) per day, staying in Hostels and only eating out occasionally. What kind of budget were you on? Thankyou.

      • Hm to be honest I don’t remember the exact budget I was on, but I spent as little money as possible, probably less than 50 Euros a day. Your biggest expenses will probably be flights/train tickets–I spent a ton on my Eurail pass, but it was worth it. If you stick to hostels and don’t eat out all the time, you’ll have no problems sticking to your budget. Also keep in mind that the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Poland should be pretty cheap, so you might spend less money there. Switzerland will be expensive though (but it’s absolutely gorgeous). Booking hostels/tickets ahead will help save money too. Oh also if you take guided tours those will be more expensive but it might be worth it depending on how comfortable you are with touring places yourself.
        And ah I just realized from your email address that you’re from the UK! I’m jealous, haha.

      • Ah wow 50 euros a day sounds really quite promising! I think we are going to be buying an interrail pass that allows us to travel 10 days within 22 days, so we should have enough travel on that. We may have to purchase that twice though. Was it ever tricky making seat reservations and finding out train times?

      • Finding out train times is really easy if you use this website– http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query2.exe/en?ld=96240&seqnr=1&ident=dh.032172240.1303997542&rt=1&newrequest=yes&HWAI=~QUERY;~JS;~CONNECTION;~GLOBALAPPLICATION;&
        Also when you buy your Interrail pass they will probably give you a booklet that has all the train times and stuff in it. I would recommend taking it with you in case you don’t have access to the internet.
        That website I gave you is also great because it tells you when you need to make a seat reservation. If you must make a seat reservation, it will say “subject to compulsory reservation” or something along those lines and there will also be a block R next to the train. It’s pretty easy to make seat reservations as long as you’re aware you need to make them. Watch out in France, because most of the French trains require reservations. Usually you can take local trains to avoid making seat reservations, but it takes longer. And I would recommend making seat reservations early, because they only allot a certain number for Eurail/Interrail pass holders (though you might not run into as many problems with this since it’s not summer). If you take overnight trains you’ll also have to make a seat reservation.
        Also with that website I gave you, if you click “all without ICE” it will search for trains that don’t require a reservation.
        I don’t think you’ll have any problems 🙂 The one time I had a problem was when I was in Paris and they had run out of seat reservations for a train I needed to take to Switzerland. I didn’t have internet so trying to find alternate routes was really difficult, but it all worked out in the end.

      • Oh and try refreshing the website I gave you before you put any information in. Sometimes it’s just weird.

      • Ah ok that sounds promising and that website seems really handy! It’s been really snowy here in the UK so we’ve had an insight to what it might be like in Europe next year! We’ve also started up a blog, mainly for our travels next year but couldn’t resist posting now haha! Check it out if you like! http://www.travellerschants.blogspot.com

      • I’m glad to see you’ve started your own blog! I hope you have fun with your travels abroad, and just let me know if you have any more questions!

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