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Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
Trip End Dec 22, 2006

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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

We have class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We also have a seminar on Tuesday nights which I missed today. I heard the seminar was really great, but I missed it in order to go to two other meetings. Every class has one student representative that goes to meetings every 2 weeks or so in order to help with communication between the student council, the administration, the faculty and the students themselves. I have been chosen as the representative for my "Society and Culture" class and today was the first meeting for the representatives. I didn't know about it so Mari came and picked me up from Fredrik Monsensgt. where I live and drove me to the meeting for a late arrival. The meetings are all in Norwegian. I understood what the topics they were talking about were, but I didn't understand much of the details of any of it. It will be a good chance for me to keep learning Norwegian, but I'm a little worried that I will miss some important information. The second meeting overlapped with the first one, so I came late to both of them, but it worked out ok. I signed up to work at the student pub, "Hydraten", so tonight was a tour/training/sign-up-for-shifts night. "Hydranten" is of course "the hydrant" which makes me think maybe the building used to be a fire station. It looks possible...who knows? I'll be working behind the bar in two weeks! I've learned how to pour beer from the tap already so look out!

I've got a LOT of reading to do for class. Inger's philosophy of teaching seems to be to give us a theme for discussion for each class meeting and then it's up to us to wade through the textbook and piles of copies she has made for us in order to prepare ourselves for class. There is no "assigned reading" as of yet which makes it hard for me to make myself get it done. We also have 3 short essays due on Friday which again makes me nervous, but I don't like to write in general so I think I'd be bothered by that no matter what. There is a happy ending though. I do feel I am getting a lot out of the class, especially because of it's comparative nature. Looking at the 3 countries (Norway, USA and Namibia) helps me understand the general ideas because we can illustrate with three different examples, and discuss each with residents of each country. Next week we have a class-excursion which will take up the entire week. We will visit RÝros, Trondhiem, and one other place. Originally we were supposed to visit Kristiansund and check out the role of oil production there, but it sounds like now we are going instead to BodÝ which is just above the arctic circle to see some ship builders. I think either way would be interesting. I think in Hamar we are at about the same latitude as Anchorage, Alaska. We are far enough north that people tell us they have seen the northern lights in Hamar, but only very seldom. I'd like to try and go up past the arctic circle again after winter has come to see the northern lights, but who knows whether or not that will happen. Anyway, the excursion will be an exciting week of "class" for us.
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cestlavie on

i met a norwegian!
bonjour marie! there are quite a few international students at my school, and this morning I ate breakfast with Tina. She is from Oslo and totally knew where Hamar was, and she thought it was cool I know someone who is there right now :)
have fun with your travels next week!

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