The Oslo Eye
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Oslo, etc.
I am a Canadian expat originally from Toronto and moved to Oslo in 2011. I was captured by a Norwegian native abroad and have been calling Oslo home since.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
Blogging for me was not a natural inclination, however, after the Oslo bombing and how close to my “new” home it was, prompted me to start writing and to help my fellow expats out. We only live once and giving back is important.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
I have a few, but like this one that shows some of the cultural differences: Are Norwegians stiff? Is light beer the answer? Ringnes thinks so .
Tell us about the ways your new life in Oslo differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Yes - Obviously there was a culture shock and transition period, from the honeymoon phase to the 2-year itch and questioning what the heck are they thinking here? However, I have lived abroad in Ireland, Japan, the US in addition to Canada and feel it has made me quite adaptable to various cultures.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Oslo? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Yes and No, Yes - I started to learn Norwegian, No - nothing prepares you for what the long term implications mean from leaving home, family, friends etc.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us? Nothing comes to mind.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Oslo?
- Learn Norwegian
- Learn to ski
- Have a positive attitude
How is the expat community in Oslo? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
There are a few groups in Oslo and depending on your educational background some may be well suited. I recommend attending as many events as you can during your first year.
How would you summarize your expat life in Oslo in a single, catchy sentence?
It is like living on an island full of royalty who eat pizza and hot dogs. Is that catchy?