Life in Norway..

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.

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Playing backyard cricket with cousins!

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,

 

Karen

En Australsk i Norge…

Det er ikke så lett å være en innvandrer her i Norge; egentlig kan det være kjempeslitsomt noen ganger. Men sånn er det og her er jeg!

Jeg flyttet hit i September 2012. Ja, mannen min er norsk, men det var jeg som bestemte at vi skulle flytte fra ”sunny Australia” til Norge. Crazy I know! Vi kom fra sol og sand, til kaldt og mørkt… Og nå mens jeg sitter i sofaen min, og fyrer i ovnen for fullt, leker min australske familie i badebassenget bak hjemme i Australia. Norge er uansett et veldig fint land og jeg tror beslutningen min var riktig. I det minste håper jeg det. 😉

Vi har to små jenter, en australsk og en norsk, men vi favoriserer selvfølgelig ingen på bakgrunn av etnisitet 🙂  De går i barnehagen, og for det meste snakker de norsk, men her hjemme snakker vi alle engelsk. Av og til får jeg kanskje en daglig favoritt, hvis de bruker flere engelske ord på denne dagen…

img_5099Jeg har en egen regel, og det er at hjemmet mitt er mitt ”safe place”, så derfor snakker vi bare engelsk her hos oss. Noen ganger forstår jeg ikke hva jentene mine sier, selv om de gjentar det både to og tre ganger på norsk. Men det er greit det – jeg lærer mye av det jentene mine forteller om opplevelsene sine fra barnehagen.

Både mannen min og jeg er kiropraktorer, og vi elsker jobbene våre. Vi driver Life Kiropraktikk sammen, og det er selvfølgelig kjempekoselig å jobbe med mannen min, selv om det ikke alltid er så lett. Samarbeidet på klinikken har sine utfordringer, for eksempel må han gjøre mye ekstra fordi norsken min ikke alltid er ”up to scratch”. Han må sjekke alle brevene jeg skriver før vi sender dem, og vi må begge ta lønn fra samme bedrift! Allikevel, noen dager kjører vi sammen til jobb, spiser lunsj sammen (uten barn), og vi forstår hverandres gleder og utfordringer.

Jeg er fornøyd, men jeg kan alltid bli bedre! Jeg kan alltid bli en bedre kone, mor, kiropraktor, venn, datter, søster og menneske. Så på en vei til et bedre meg, så håper jeg at jeg kan hjelpe deg.

Jeg gleder meg til fortsettelsen av min nye reise og håper du vil være med.

Klem,

Karen