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Living in Norway Part 1

I moved to Oslo, Norway, to live in 2023 with my Norwegian other half and our daughter. Despite the constraints of having a young toddler, we managed to explore some parts of Norway. We resided in the capital city, Oslo, being one of the least populated capitals globally, uniquely blends modernity with the rich traditions of Viking heritage.

One of the highlights of Oslo is undoubtedly its fascinating culinary scene. Norwegian foods are truly exceptional, offering a unique touch distinct from other European cuisines. The emphasis on freshness, rawness, and organic flavours makes the dining experience simply delicious. The abundance of seafood adds a delightful dimension to the local gastronomy. A daily staple for me is the Brunost, the brown cheese, with its distinctive caramelised, strong, almost slightly burnt taste. It's a flavour not for the faint-hearted but one that adds a unique Norwegian twist to my daily routine.

The cultural landscape of Oslo is enriched by its people, who effortlessly blend modern lifestyles with a deep appreciation for their Viking roots. The city's architecture is a testament to this harmonious coexistence, with modern structures standing alongside beautifully preserved historical buildings.

In addition to its culinary and architectural wonders, Norway also hosts vibrant cultural celebrations, such as the 17th of May, Norway's Constitution Day. This festive occasion marks the anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian Constitution in 1814 and is celebrated with parades, concerts, and traditional folk dances throughout the city. The streets come alive with the colours of the Norwegian flag, and families gather to enjoy the festivities, showcasing the deep sense of national pride and community spirit that defines Norwegian culture. Living in Norway allowed me to witness first-hand the true scandanavian culture, the seamless integration of tradition and innovation, creating a cityscape that is culturally rich and unique. Oslo has become not just a city to live but a place that feels like home. 

20 NOVEMBER 2023

BY MICHELLE

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