Do you need six elephants?
Perhaps this is a common phrase in Norway. However, personally I think unless I join the circus or a zoo then its usefulness in normal conversation is probably quite limited. It seems learning Norwegian includes a lot of fun phrases that you might not otherwise use. I just need to find a way to get these into normal conversation…
Mannen har åtte kopper kaffe – the man has 8 cups of coffee
Amerikaneren har ni sykler – the American has nine bicycles
Edderkoppen liker mauren – the spider likes the ant
Hva drikker kua – what is the cow drinking
Kyllingen elsker egget – the chicken loves the egg
So a week in to the new adventure and I have learnt lots not least the fact that June here is not warm. I left the UK basking in sunshine to be plunged into somewhere between 4-7 degrees with a mixture of snow, hail, rain and even a smidgen of sunshine at times. My first day I was told I will develop a goldfish memory when it comes to the weather. I would be inclined to agree.
It seems they don’t have spring here. Winter goes into ‘Green’ Winter then Summer (hopefully longer than 30 seconds – but not guaranteed) then Autumn and then Winter again. To put it into perspective during our ‘Summer’ party last week ON THE 7th JUNE it HAILED and was about 4 degrees.
I have also confirmed that a blow up bed does not make a suitable sofa/dining table replacement. It is uncomfortable and not helped by the fact it has a puncture which I have had to repair. Who gets a puncture in their blow up bed in their own home??
The reason for said blow up bed situation is largely because of Ikea. Ikea, the company whose tagline is ‘Wonderful Everyday’, needs to understand that for people to think they are wonderful on any day they have to actually deliver within the previously agreed timeframe. I ordered furniture to arrive the day after I arrived here and it ended up being delayed by over 3 weeks. The prospect of 3 weeks, living and sleeping on a blow up bed clearly was not going to happen so that was cancelled.
Whilst I now do thankfully have a bed I continue to be on my blow up bed for sofa dwelling purposes. Not sure how the romans did this lounging on the floor thing. even with blankets and cushions its mightily uncomfortable. The sofa may or may not arrive at the weekend because my receipt says it will be delivered in August and when I queried this I was told it was a ‘typo’. Welcome to the Arctic.
But I thought this is ok because last week I ordered some smaller bits of furniture which included a dining table…finally a table to eat at!! However, it turns out it is actually possible to just buy an extendable flap for a table from the DINING TABLE section on a Norwegian furniture website – HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE! The picture on the website is very clearly A TABLE and the instructions show the WHOLE TABLE. I still haven’t found the table that this actually goes with. So a new table will be purchased at some point when I can pluck up the courage to return the table flap and buy an actual table.
Its a funny place here with a number of oddities (for me at least) particularly considering the need to remortgage anytime you want to go for a few drinks, but its an amazing place and I really do love it here. Work is good, they have their own beer, have a great social network, the people are awesome and I (for now) have my own office. Very limited complaints despite the very British whinge about the weather…
With a view like this….it can’t help but make me smile even when the sky has cried so much. In fact even when its raining this place cannot at any point be described as ugly.
But please send sun…I know we all deserve it up here
Jeg elsker Norge (I really do)