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User currently offlineSpeedbird747BA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3145 times:

Alright ppl, i have the oppurtunity of a lifetime here.....a year in norway. ive never been there but as far as i could tell i would love it (ie picutres, epcot, maps, books, etc). But here is the thing, a yr is a LONG time to be away from family and home and stuff, so now ive been considering just a summer program, 6-8 wks. My prob with that is its not much time to get aquainted with the culture, make good new friends, and EXPERIENCE norway as it should be experienced, all seasons and such. Aother thing is that if i hate it and im there for a yr, thats not good at all, but if i love it and im there for 6 wks, thats even worse.....

youre thouhts on all this would be appreciated

Cheers,
Kyle

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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2386 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3139 times:

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Thread starter):
My prob with that is its not much time to get aquainted with the culture, make good new friends, and EXPERIENCE norway as it should be experienced, all seasons and such. Aother thing is that if i hate it and im there for a yr, thats not good at all, but if i love it and im there for 6 wks, thats even worse.....

I'd say go for it!

I studied in Canada for 8 months, which I really enjoyed. 1 year is a good amount of time as you get to see Norway (Yes you can see a lot of Norway in a year). I learned a lot from staying away from friends and family for so long. I have become more independent, and my selfconfidence has definately gone up since then. It'll be tough around Christmas and New Year but that's another experience that I am glad that I have tried.

You won't hate it in Norway, it's an awesome place!

[Edited 2006-09-24 18:25:21]

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

Tough one to answer... It all depends on how you like it if you move here. In my experience people here are quite friendly towards students from abroad. So if you manage to get along well with a couple of guys, a year could be fun. Obviously, as you say, If you don't like it here that much, it will be a long year. Especially considering the dark winter, and high prices on everything... (Have I scared you away yet? If so then remember the reputation scandinavian girls have...)  Wink

Anyway... You can get a lot out of 6-8 weeks as well, if you try. Again, it all comes down to how you like it here. Where in Norway are you going?

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineFlyLondon From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3130 times:

Do the year!

You'll kick yourself in the future if you don't grab the opportunity while you can. When else are you going to get the chance to live abroad for a year? Plus it looks very good to prospective employers - living outside the US for a while shows you can adapt to different cultures and situations.

Plus you ca use Norway as a springboard to visit other place in Europe, get used to Ryanair 1p fares.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2386 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3130 times:

If you don't like it, will it be possible to go home again i.e. changing the flight ticket and get some money back or will they be lost?

I have to admit that the school I went to in Canada wasn't the best but I met a lot of nice people, some which I still talk to today. I even had a Mexican friend visiting me last weekend. We had a lot of fun and I spent the whole weekend showing him around in Copenhagen.


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Go for a year. The weather will suck, but the people should make you have more fun then you can think of now. Depending on how for north you are, you can say you survived a Norgie winter, hell even on the south side things are tough..

I have yet to meet a Norgie I didn't like for one reason or another.


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 5):
I have yet to meet a Norgie I didn't like for one reason or another.

Yeah, hi there...  wave 

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2386 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 5):
Norgie

Is that some kind of slang for Norwegian?


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 7):
Is that some kind of slang for Norwegian?

Just like we Norwegians have a slang for Danish girls; Tøs. Big grin  Wink

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2386 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 8):
Tøs.

Hey we use that word too! Big grin


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8702 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3097 times:

Quoting FlyLondon (Reply 3):
Do the year!

You'll kick yourself in the future if you don't grab the opportunity while you can. When else are you going to get the chance to live abroad for a year? Plus it looks very good to prospective employers - living outside the US for a while shows you can adapt to different cultures and situations.

 checkmark  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and you'll kick yourself to God knows where if you later regret no having done it. I spent a year (11th grade, mid-2000 to mid-2001) in Brazil and you'll find a link to my exchange organisation in my profile.

Quoting FlyLondon (Reply 3):
Plus you ca use Norway as a springboard to visit other place in Europe, get used to Ryanair 1p fares.

Nah... not Ryanair. Take Norwegian! Big grin



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineLorenz From Norway, joined Aug 2000, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3067 times:

Regarding the climate/weather. I would not say the weather here suck, though it's darn hot in the Summer and darn cold in the Winter  Smile

Today f.ex. Bergen on the westcoast had +23 degrees, Tromsø in the Northern part had + 1 and snowfall!

I'd say come on over, you wont regret it!


User currently offlineMalmoaviation From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 385 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3052 times:

You know what Norway has that Sweden does not have?


Good Neighbours.

 duck 


User currently offlineDYflyer From Norway, joined May 2006, 676 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3044 times:

Nah! Denmark is our neighbour too  Big grin


Life is like a book. If you don't travel, you only read one page.
User currently offlineLorenz From Norway, joined Aug 2000, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3044 times:

Yeah, those Russians sure are nice !

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3035 times:

Quoting Malmoaviation (Reply 12):
You know what Norway has that Sweden does not have?


Good Neighbours.

And that black stuff in the ocean which means more money in the bank than both IKEA and Volvo will ever make...  Wink

Quoting Lorenz (Reply 14):
Yeah, those Russians sure are nice !

So long as they aren't stealing our fishing areas and running off with Norwegian sailors... Still, good guys. They gave us Vodka after all, hehe...

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3030 times:

I would go for one year! Norwegians are a friendly and English speaking people and it´s a very beautiful country and now days you can get cheap flights to the majority of countries in Europe with Norwegian,Ryanair and also SAS, great opportunity to explore Europe more. It´s also very healthy to live in another country for a year to see how other people live and whats great with your own country and what could be improved.

User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2386 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

Quoting DYflyer (Reply 13):
Nah! Denmark is our neighbour too



Quoting Lorenz (Reply 14):
Yeah, those Russians sure are nice !

 bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3014 times:

FWIW: Local travel article recently said Norway was gorgeous, had very friendly people..and lousy food. You're young..a year is nothing...DO IT!

TPAnx



I read the news today..oh boy
User currently offlineSpeedbird747BA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3011 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 2):
If so then remember the reputation scandinavian girls have...)

Anyway... You can get a lot out of 6-8 weeks as well, if you try. Again, it all comes down to how you like it here. Where in Norway are you going?

WAIT!!!! WHAT REPUTATION!!! inform me of this at one!

regarding everyone saying go for the year, it might also put a cramp in my college plans. i want to go to erau (pls dont turn this into an erau slamming thread), but i dont know how they would go for something like this.

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 2):

Im hoping Bergen.....

Quoting Aloges (Reply 10):
Quoting FlyLondon (Reply 3):
Plus you ca use Norway as a springboard to visit other place in Europe, get used to Ryanair 1p fares.

Nah... not Ryanair. Take Norwegian!

The 1p price is attractive, but ive gotta fly Norwegian when im in Norway!!

Ummm (showing my ignorance) how expensive is Norway exactly?

Cheers,
Kyle


User currently offlineMainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2097 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3001 times:

Hi Kyle

From experience I'd say.....just do it!

I moved a long way from home when I was 19, I found it tough for the first two weeks, then I was fine.

You have to experience these things when you're young. Otherwise you'll never know, and you won't get to know yourself.

Norwegians are lovely warm people, and most of them speak English a lot better than we do!


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8702 posts, RR: 43
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2982 times:

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 19):
WAIT!!!! WHAT REPUTATION!!! inform me of this at one!

being prodominantly good looking to gorgeous and being mostly blonde and blue-eyed, that kind of thing

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 19):
Ummm (showing my ignorance) how expensive is Norway exactly?

Imagine a terribly expensive place, double it and you may get near Norway.  Wink Oh, and you still need to triple it for alcoholic beverages.

I haven't spent much time in Norway so far, but it certainly was enough to make me adore it.

Just out of interest, what's behind that opportunity of yours? An exchange organisation? Friends/relatives in Norway? Your highschool sending you to a partner highschool?



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineSpeedbird747BA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days ago) and read 2963 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 21):
Just out of interest, what's behind that opportunity of yours? An exchange organisation? Friends/relatives in Norway? Your highschool sending you to a partner highschool?

an exchange organisation. ive always been in love with norway, so when my parents suggested that i might want to try an exchange program for some culture cahnge, i naturally chose norway. I have no friends or relatives in Norway.

Cheers,
Kyle


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

Norgies make bad jokes

Hmm, I May Have Made Up A Joke... (by Thom@s Sep 24 2006 in Non Aviation)


User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3769 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2939 times:

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Thread starter):
i have the oppurtunity of a lifetime here.....a year in norway.

I'm sorry, that sentence does not make any sense...  Confused  duck 

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
25 JGPH1A : Go for it - Norway is beautiful, the people are friendly, food's great, they have more fjords than you can shake a stick at - it's a brilliant opportu
26 Post contains images Gkirk : Surprised you'd even go anywhere near Norway, given their whaling traditions
27 JGPH1A : I just showed them my Greenpeace certificate, and they let me go. I had a great time in Norway.
28 Bill142 : and I bet you saw their green piece. The solar powered Whale harpoon.
29 Post contains images KaiGywer : And £50 taxes Now why would you do such a thing to yourself? Ahh, good times. I remember when I was in Nijmegen, Holland (yes, I'm crazy for walking
30 Post contains images Kieron747 : I spent a year in working in Canada, so I would advise you to do it! I have also been to Norway for 2 weeks, it was good, but the beer was expensive a
31 Post contains images KaiGywer : Just go to any pharmacy (Apotek)
32 Post contains images Thom@s : That's the one... Bergen is perhaps the nicest of the largest cities in Norway. A busy downtown with all the shops and events you need (Although they
33 Tia : Really? I paid consistently more (at least 55 NOK) for 330 ml when I was in Oslo in June. We only found one cheap bar, where beer was about 40 NOK, b
34 Thom@s : Like I said the prices vary from place to place. We found a pub/nightclub in Bodø where beer went for like 30NOK. But the music was horrible, and ma
35 Post contains images KaiGywer : So you fit right in then?
36 Post contains images Thom@s : Nah, a bussload of people from the Sandefjord area turned up... Thom@s
37 Speedbird747BA : More power to 'em. Greenpeace?!?!? ewww...... Excellent idea!! Cheers, Kyle
38 Post contains images Thom@s : Won't even leave the boat on cloudy days... Thom@s
39 Bill142 : Which is what 364 out of 365 days of the year? I bet you guys can't wait for the next leap year where you'll get 2 sunny days.
40 FlyVirgin744 : I spent just a few days in Norway this summer. It's one of my favorite places I've ever visited. That being said, there are a few things you should th
41 Speedbird747BA : Im underage, but i sure wont leave without trying some :P lol now thats advice! Cheers, Kyle
42 Post contains images GAIsweetGAI : I disagree. Too many old houses. Kristiansand is better, along with Mandal and Vigeland/Skofteland. But then again, there aren't as many A/C at the K
43 Post contains images Thom@s : Hehe, depends where in Norway you are. We've had a very nice sunny summer this year, and so far September has been surprisingly warm. 18 degrees C la
44 Post contains images Lorenz : Lyn's goalie, it gotta be Eddie Gustafsson the crazy Swede Tough, there is only one REALDEAL team and that is Lillestrøm! Now again, welcome to Norwa
45 Clogman : I would say go for it as well. I have been to Norway many times. And I enjoy it every time. Norway has a wonderful nature and scenery around the fjord
46 Post contains images Thom@s : Ah, I know the name and picture him before me, but apart from that I have no idea what he's up to on the pitch. In my opinion there is no REALDEAL wh
47 Sukhoi : So you are under 18 years old? If you are 18 you are allowed to buy beer and wine at the government shops vinmonopolet and drinking at bars. If you g
48 Post contains images KaiGywer : "Ja nå heiær vi på SF, vi er Vestfolds beste lag, vi tar seiern hjem til Hvalfangærbyn, Sandefjord Fotball er vi!" Yeah, those senior citizens th
49 Speedbird747BA : darn...... Cheers, Kyle
50 Post contains images GAIsweetGAI : Team or goalie? Team is Oslo's soccer (football) team... Goalie is Eddie Gustafsson (yeah, weird spelling, but it's Swedish... ) You have to see him
51 Post contains images FlyVirgin744 : Ah so we Americanized him!
52 Post contains images Thom@s : I knew that... You call that crazy? I thought he was forcing his opponents to eat the turf or something. That would have been crazy, hehe. Thom@s
53 GAIsweetGAI : I meant he is crazy in an insane or unsafe way. I would call that aggressiveness or being cheap.
54 Post contains images Thom@s : Ah... Or Oliver Kahn... Thom@s
55 Post contains images Clogman : Blah Blah Blah Blah ;o) I was trying to be nice and say nice things about Norway. And yes I ment every word I said. I love Norway you unthankful bast
56 Post contains images Thom@s : Thanks a lot you twat... Thom@s
57 Post contains images Clogman : No sweat hehehe Nah seriosly. If I ever go to Hillbilly County, Norway where you are from I'll buy you a beer
58 Post contains images Thom@s : You sure you wanna spend half a weeks salary on a beer for me...? Thom@s
59 Post contains images Clogman : Dude.. For a fellow Viking I would spend 1 months salary on a beer if that was necessery
60 Thom@s : Make it a few pints of Mjød, and let's party like it was year 993!! Thom@s
61 Post contains images RobertNL070 : And the women aren't bad looking either.
62 Post contains images AirPacific747 : And burn down villages and rape the women?
63 Thom@s : Dude, must be rough in Copenhagen during the weekends with you around... Thom@s
64 Clogman : Oh it is. Trust me. Thats why I go to Jylland every weekend.
65 Speedbird747BA : Sooooo.[....whenever I get there, which Norwegian a.netter is gonna be on my welcoming party?! Im thinkin you could show me around, and we could hit a
66 Thom@s : In Bergen right? I might make it, but it depends... If it's next summer it is impossible for me to tell yet. So you're not going for the full year? Th
67 Post contains links and images KaiGywer : Not necessarily. Look into a Norwegian university. Many credits are transferable. University of Bergen University of Oslo There are more, just google
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