On Saturday we celebrated our two months living in Oslo with: a nice cheesy Fondue, two good friends from Francis studies who met in Sankt Gallen and of course a cardboard game! The perfect combination for me to feel at home.
So what happened over the past two months? Well Francis studied and I got busy. Super busy engaging myself at every opportunity I could. Concretely it means meeting people, networking with Expats and Norwegians, joining several international organizations such as Norway International Network, Toastmasters, a writers group, helping out a friend to organize a conference on Global Mobility and making new friends. Also I learnt some Norwegians and a lot about Prof. Geert Hofsteded and his interesting cultural dimensions theory. What did I find out? Well lucky me! The Norwegians and the Swiss have a lot in common which means so far I have not suffered from a bad cultural shock which can happens sometimes when moving abroad.
Also in order to improve my English writing skills, I joined a Writer’s Rookery with whom I became friends quickly (lucky me!). We meet regularly every two weeks to write and also every now and then for a social breakfast. These new friends make my life so much more fun! Thank you girls!
Job wise I have not found a regular job yet but met highly enthusiastic entrepreneurs looking for collaboration. One of them has built a smartphone app to encourage people to share their stuff (see www.skylib.org). Another one after working 13 years in the oil industry became an entrepreneur and wants to start a foundation called “Energy for one world“. Lastly a PR consultant wants to create the Oslo International Club using WordPress. I don’t know today where all these interesting projects are leading me to but the journey is worthwhile the trip!