I'm back from my blogging break! Okay actually, not really as I'm currently on a field trip with my Masters program so this post is scheduled again and I won't have the time to reply to comments until Saturday - so sorry!!
Anyway, I finally found the time to write about my very first day as an expat in the Arctic. Well actually, the second day as my arrival day doesn't count, does it? I arrived at my dorm room in the evening and spend the rest of the day cleaning and unpacking - how exciting. But the second day in Tromso actually was! I've never been more afraid to leave the house than on that particular day!
Naturally I had to leave the house eventually to do some grocery shopping and buy a bus card. And even though I've been to Tromso before, I was so freaking nervous!
Getting a bus card turned out to be a treasure hunt (as pretty much everything here but I'll come back to that later). Basically I went to three different shops of the same chain until I finally got one. Between visiting the second and third one, I was asked by a film team to participate in some sort of documentary. Me being German didn't bother them at all but when I said it was my first day in the city, they understood that I was not the right candidate :D
It was pretty cool to be asked though and one of the first (even though little) conversations I had in Norwegian since moving here. It probably sounds dull to you but it felt exciting at that time. After I was finally back home from the treasure hunt and grocery shopping, I decided to head back to town to enjoy the great weather and revisit all the sights. It was definitely amazing to see all those places that I first visited in winter again, this time in sunshine and shorts instead of rain and gloves. I also had that feeling of belonging again and I was so glad about that.I mean I still ask myself how things would have turned out if I had moved to the UK or back to Sweden and I still miss these two (gosh, for the sake of an Indie scene, proper second-hand stores - aka Oxfam and Beyond Retro, sorry Fretex - and vodka that costs less than $40 alone). Of course being able to actually understand the people surrounding you also is a factor contributing this but I get better at understanding and speaking Norwegian.....well I guess. I don't want to speak about how many times people have asked me something and I didn't realized it :D
But yeah, I think Tromso is the right place for me for now and I had a great first day as an expat!
Enjoy the pictures I took on that day now and I promise I will keep you posted about my life here, no matter how busy I am!
Yep, one of these containers is mine....
The university planetarium
Bridge between Tromso island and the mainland