It’s been more than tree months since I’ve moved to Norway. I’ve been meaning to write about my experience in this country, but every time I think about publishing something, I have the feeling that it’s too early and that my impressions about Norway and the Norwegians are still distorted by my own difficulties in adapting to a different culture and climate.
Overall, I never cease to be positively surprised by the good will of people in general, by their placid way of life, by the way they face parenthood, and by the women-friendly environment at work.
But, as any other country, Norway has a lot of positive things, but also a lot of paradoxes and contradictions, which I am only beginning to grasp. The most disturbing is the ‘jante loven‘, which I would define as the dark side of egalitarianism. Another negative feature is the peculiar blend of Norwegian bureaucracy, and I also impressed by the relationship people have with the state here, of which the state monopole over wine and spirits is one of the most visible signs.
I came to Norway to study the Balkans. Some people find it very strange, and I remember that once an idiot in another blog joked that maybe I was coming to look for mass graves. I came because I here I got good conditions to work and a supportive environment, but also for the challenge of knowing a country so different from mine.The field work for my Phd thesis will of course be made in the Balkans. I am now focusing mainly on Bosnia and I am planning to move to Sarajevo by the end of this academic year.
A friend once asked me what how could I explain my attraction for peninsulas. Indeed, it is very interesting to look at Europe from its peripheries, while most people tend to adopt the perspective of the centre. Being myself a creature of the South, heading North is allowing me to have a more new perspective on what we Europeans have in common (0r not).
Of all of this I am planning to write about, in due time. Norway i a country gifted by an astonishing natural beauty, so for now, I would like to share with my readers my vision of Norway through my photos. Therefore, I have created a new blog, my Norwegian Diary, where I will regularly post some of my photos. You are welcome to visit it!