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Connie: Full-swing spring

May 17, 2011

The weather suddenly took a climb toward the pleasant-to-hot range. Coats and sweatshirts are no longer needed, except for at night. The entire town is about as green as I’ve ever seen anything. It’s lovely, and lately there have been events and whatnot abounds. Also, stray cats.

So what’s been going on?

  • Jazz circle welcome party. Intended to convince freshmen to join the circle, I enjoyed it: a jazz live with my favorite vocalist in the circle, Kaluha, getting hit on by freshmen, late-night karaoke, and coming to realizations at 4 am.
  • Month-late Easter. A Japanese friend of ours was sad to find he’d missed the actual holiday, so it was arranged for his sake that we have a Easter egg hunt in the middle of May.
  • Joint birthday party for two people who have helped us exchange students all year. Just hanging out on campus, but many pleasant conversations were had, and we finally got to meet one of the elusive workers from the local super market. We spend nearly every day in there and give dumb names to the workers, so it’s kind of fun to meet them and, you know, find out they’re normal people rather than drones the Japanese service industry would have you believe.
  • Band practice – we’ve all improved so much since we first started out. My friend was also kind enough to figure out the chords to a song I really want to play. Tabs  for it don’t exist on the internet, so I’m sure it took her quite some time. Thank you!
  • Hanging out with our band-leader and vocalist, along with someone I’d been wanting to see for months now. Everyone was tired and sort of quiet after a long weekend, but I suppose in the end you can count it as a success. I asked the band-leader if he would teach me bass and I ended up taking the thing home.
  • A group of friends and I were supposed to see part two of Gantz today, but we got the timetable wrong and were unable to. Instead we went to 回転寿し (kaitenzushi), or conveyor-belt sushi, which is almost as good.
  • Mario Kart party at a friend’s house. Much like several summers ago, it looks like my DS is going to get a lot of multi-player use during the hottest months.
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Miles: Olso defrost

March 25, 2011

I blinked and now it’s spring. How did that happen?

When I settled into the idea of a semester in Norway, in the back of my mind, I think I figured that it’d be winter forever. Maybe it was self-preservation, maybe it was just ridiculousness—either way, I was ready. I was fully prepared to spend all semester wearing infinite layers and avoiding cold beverages. As a result, I felt incredibly calm about winter in Oslo. I didn’t freak out when it started snowing, I adjusted my walking speeds as needed, and I didn’t complain. I wasn’t waiting for Spring, I was just here, now. (The cross-country skiing helped, I’m sure.)

Because of this, I have been extra-pleasantly surprised by the arrival of spring (save an inherent sadness as I stare longingly at my skis). I know that Oslo is still set to have some cold days and probably a little more snow, but now that it’s made a this short appearance, spring has announced that it’s moving in. I’m excited to witness a greener, warmer Norway.

Classes are heading towards finals time, and the workload is increasing. I only have two weeks left in my norskkurs! I have to give a four-minute presentation in Norwegian next Wednesday. I am going to be talking about mine søstre and how cool they are and how much jeg elsker dem. It’s strange to think that I’m at the point where if I want to continue improving my Norwegian skills, the effort has to come 100% from me. It really forces me to think about the value of the language in my life. It makes me think about what sort of place I want Norway to hold in the rest of my life. (All Answers TBD)

Things I have Learned:

I DON’T NEED TO AGREE. I am getting much better at sitting comfortably in a room with people who I disagree with. Maybe they’re just people I’m at a party with. Maybe they’re my friends. Doesn’t matter. I’m learning that I don’t need to agree with everyone, and having different opinions/morals/etc doesn’t necessarily rule out a friendship. I think they mentioned something about this in Kindergarten. I guess it takes a while for that sort of thing to sink in.

WALKS TO SCHOOL SHOULD ALWAYS BE 80% WALK, 20% DANCE. ‘Nuff said.

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