A Roll in the Universe

Website of Keera Ann Fox, an American in Bergen, Norway

Category: Life in Norway (page 1 of 3)

I live in Bergen, Norway, I speak the language like a native, but I still have my foreigner moments.

Willy-nilly

I’ve never eaten at McDonald’s as much I have in Norway. Ironically. You’d think I’d be a regular when I lived in California, but no. Meanwhile, in Norway, McDonald’s has been vote Best Employer for 2016. Continue reading

Lush

In school we learned that what makes a rain forest a huge and dense forest is, well, the rain. Alaska actually advertises its soggy and mossy pine forests as northern rain forests. I’ve wondered why Norway doesn’t do the same. In the summer, this wet country is as lush as a tropical rain forest. Continue reading

Heralds

Gulls herald spring for me. They head for open sea during winter, and when the snow disappears from the land in April, they come back and start screeching at each other at 4 am in the morning. I’m one of the few people who can sleep through that racket, so I welcome the noise.  Continue reading

Junior update

Junior Gull has been spotted again, in good health and twice as big since last we saw the little one. Continue reading

Documented

I am no longer a documented alien or immigrant. I am a documented Norwegian citizen now. Check this out: Continue reading

Missing: Junior Gull

“Somebody needs to go check.”

“Janitor?”

“He’s on vacation. I’ll do it.”

I learned that one of my co-workers gets into take-charge mode when it’s about someone’s life; in this case, a baby gull.

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If you do it twice, it’s a tradition

Living in Norway means living with all kinds of traditions, some ancient, like bonfires on Midsummer’s Eve, and some much newer, like Valentine’s Day. Here in Bergen, the joke is that if you do something twice, you’ve created a tradition.  Continue reading

July 22

It’s 10 AM and I’m watching a memorial ceremony on TV from Oslo, reading the names of the 77 who lost their lives 6 years ago in what has been called Norway’s 9/11: The bombing of a government building, and the shooting of young people attending a political camp on the island Utøya on July 22 2011. I’m crying again. Continue reading

Egg cups are un-American

The thing about growing up with a Norwegian grandfather is that you assume everybody has a cheese slicer and egg cups. Turns out that one of the things American immigrants left behind in Europe were egg cups. Continue reading

View from Landås and at airport

I mentioned a new sign (piece of art, actually) that will greet travelers when they exit our new airport terminal that’s opening in August. Here it is: Continue reading

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