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!