Author Archives: Mastering Norway

A rifling affair

When you live 78 degrees north, there are some things that might differ from your life back home. For example, the temperature in March can be –20 ºC one day, and –2 ºC two days later. Winds can go from … Continue reading

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Keepin’ count in Norway

It’s hard work keeping count in Norway. Especially when it comes to species. When you hear the word ‘species’, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? A bird? A lion? A wolf? Many people consider species to be … Continue reading

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My Arctic Adventure

Latitude—it tells us how far north or south on the earth we are. The equator sits at 0 degrees; and Oslo at 60 degrees north and Melbourne 38 degrees south. Now imagine where in the world you could be if … Continue reading

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Mutual Friends

ONE THING that I’ve come to realise after living in Norway for two years is that: mutual connections are everywhere. For example… – I know a Master’s of Biology student studying at the University of Bergen. She is undertaking part … Continue reading

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How I Relate to Norwegians

This morning I attended a welcome breakfast for new international workers commencing at the University of Oslo. One of the presenters was a PhD candidate from NTNU in Trondheim and founder of a group called “Mondå”. He gave a talk … Continue reading

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Life as a PhD: Week One

After a Bachelor and Master’s degree and a change in countries and city, I now have what I can call a job. For the next four years, I will be working as a PhD candidate at the University of Oslo … Continue reading

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Unfinished Business

It’s amazing what can happen in just one week. One week ago I was searching for a place to live in Oslo, and one week later I now have a place that I can call home. After viewing four properties … Continue reading

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