Firstly, thank you for choosing to follow me on this journey. Secondly, I apologise to those who do not live in Norway, as most of my blog posts are going to be written in Norwegian. There is a reason for this, and that of course is because of where I am. However, given that I am an Australian, living on the other side of the world, I have decided to write some posts in English regularly also!
So here we are.
Life in Norway is a little different compared to life in Australia, but our daily lives and routines would be the same regardless of where we lived. Yes, the biggest challenge is the language, but given I speak English at home with my husband and girls, it gives me a break from having to use it all the time.
The hardest time was the first year. Living completely dependent on my husband and his family to communicate and get around was taxing. Being in my 30`s and feeling that I had lost my independence took its toll. Luckily my husband was very supportive and understanding. If I needed to move back to Australia, he would have been with me. But I made it through! And now it is over 4 years since we have been here!
Meeting people is not too hard, but making friends is not so easy. For a start, there is no one that you have a history with, no one that knows your sense of humour or any of your secrets. Secondly, the language difference means that it takes more time to really get to know people. It can take quite a bit of time to get that “click” with someone and really start to feel relaxed and yourself with. I have made a few friends now, where I feel relaxed enough to be able to be me again. Having a sense of humour is different though, and making jokes in another language is not that easy. My husband keeps reminding me that I am not yet funny in Norwegian, and I should keep the jokes to English. 😉
Being away from my family is challenging. Missing birthdays, Christmases, and family gatherings are difficult. But the hardest thing for me is that my girls miss out on being with their cousins, Aunts, Uncle and their Nanny and Poppy growing up. That, however, is the consequence of the decision that I made. And their life here, is full of love and happiness, even though we miss our Australian family every day.
Do I miss the warmth and sunshine of Australia? Yes, but I also love the crisp, sunny days that we get here too. I grew up in the southern part of Australia (Victoria), and also lived in New Zealand, so I am accustomed to cold and rain (just not so cold). I have also found that Norwegians dress for the cold, where practicality and warmth comes before fashion and style. That suits me too!
So, keep on following, and you will learn a little more about what life is like for an Australian living in Norway!
Thanks and hugs,