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This is just a brief note to say that I have submitted the initial documents required for a work visa here in Norway. While Norway’s not a member of the EU (damn oil snobs), it’s still fairly easy for me to get a job here. And once I have a job… it’s time to settle. I have a little money saved up, which I have used to place a deposit on a nice 1-room flat (property prices are similar to…

Seb: OK, so it’s not a stereotypical view of what’s often considered the most beautiful natural wonder this world boasts BUT… I’m fast coming to terms with Norway not being as blue or sunny or calm as the travel sites and brochures suggest. This is my attempt to show you what Norway is really like in spring. Not that it really changes things, anyway. I don’t care if it isn’t blue! I’ve seen blue fjords and bays in the Faroe…

I’ve been in Trondheim for three or four days now (it’s hard to tell, for reasons that will soon become apparent!) It’s very easy-going here — as much as it’s possible to be in Norway. I get the feeling that there’s some underlying tension. Perhaps it comes from having such a barren country, where only a tiny portion of the land is cultivatable. Maybe it’s true that money can’t buy you happiness. Or maybe it’s just the ever-fuggy weather —…

Watershed & Only happens when it rains Abi: Living in England we are used to the disappointment that poor weather can bring. We are used to cancelled plans, rained off sports fixtures and hasty contingencies. While it seems Seb is enjoying his fair share of rain in Norway, I seem to be experiencing similar conditions here in the UK, as if in sympathy. Bristol is something of a rainy city but this last week we have enjoyed some bright sunshine…

… but unfortunately, the photos here were taken yesterday and the day before, when the sun was not out. Actually, the sun isn’t even out right now, but there are patches of blue sky and trees are actually throwing shadows, so there must be some light somewhere up there; there is HOPE. Anyway, yesterday we spent the day recuperating after The World’s Most Expensive Drunken Experience. You see, when even the most basic oil platform worker earns  £60,000 ($90,000) per…

So, I’ve been here for about 36 hours, and two main things have made themselves known: a) It’s incredibly expensive here. Like, twice as expensive as London. Almost £10 ($15) for a dessert. Beer and some nuts at the concert hall cost £10. Basically, everyone here is fairly rich, and there’s a vast amount of money in the economy, so it’s all inflated — to them, it’s not very expensive. To tourists like me… I feel like a frickin’ poverty-stricken…