I'm now living in the Arctic for a little more than two weeks and I still can't believe that I'm here. Also this is my 100th blog post and I want to thank you all for having accompanied and supported me during this past 8 months from travelling through Scandinavia to moving to the Arctic! I'm so glad you're interested in what I write and hope you'll stick around for my 200th post!
But I'm pretty sure you want to know how these past 2 weeks have been for me, right?
All I can say is that they've been like a whirlwind! From arriving to a dorm room that has never ever been cleaned (or so it seemed like) to re-visiting all the sights of Tromso; from attending the international students introduction week with making a few new friends, meeting people from all over the world, speed-dating, partying, hiking and fishing to the introduction days of my Masters program which seemed exhausting at first but hopefully proves to be quite alright in the future - I've done it all.
I was quite busy these last few weeks and definitely neglected my blog. I'm so sorry for that and I hope I'll have more time for it once I finally have a routine. Tromso is of course great and beautiful and wonderful but naturally there is a downside. I've never been an extrovert and probably never will become one so meeting new people wasn't easy for me, especially in such an international environment where you have to switch between three languages every day. And although I said that I didn't want to get to know any Germans before I came here, I ended up getting to know more Germans than any other nationalities just because it was easier. If you're meeting someone from your own country, there are so many topics you can talk about whereas I really don't know how to make small-talk with someone from Timbuktu, simply because I don't know much about this place ;)
Also the Norwegians proved to be even more reserved than I expected and I can't say that I've had a real conversation in Norwegian so far and with every day it goes like this, I fear that it becomes even more difficult to speak Norwegian and remember this language's vocabulary.
Definitely a bummer!
And then of course my housing situation. Well all in all it's not as bad as I expected it to be. Of course, the rooms are small and the kitchens dirty but I don't really care as I haven't used the kitchen so far. I'll probably become known as "that weird German chick that never uses the kitchen" soon but well..... I just can't overcome my fear of crowds and people I don't know and as we share the kitchen with 20 other people, most of whom I don't know, I haven't cooked in there so far, let alone enter it in the evening when there are at least 10 people sitting around. The image of 10 pairs of eyes staring at me when I enter the room alone is what keeps me from it so I may stick to eating out and in my room for a while longer.....
But apart from that I had a lot of fun so far too and really feel comfortable here in Tromso and at the university and even in my dorm room, well more or less. I'm going to write about freshers week and all the trips we've made so far in the next couple of weeks but for now I just want to share a few of my favourite pictures of these past two weeks with you!