On Thursday, August 5 I took my last final, packed my suitcases and started the very long process of saying goodbye to Norway. A week later, I find myself still trying to say goodbye. In just six weeks I learned about the history of Norway, its art, its culture. I traveled to so many places and met some amazing people. I’ll never forget my infamous towel search that incidentally was the start of a great friendship. I’ll never forget the sun that never quite set or my history professor’s ability to sketch a map of Scandinavia…free hand…on a chalkboard. Johan Christian Claussen Dahl’s View of Stalheim (1842) will forever be engrained in my memory along with midnight karaoke in Bergen. We met some interesting people that night. A bachelor party that left the groom at the karaoke bar, an extremely loud pub crawl in progress and a man who decided that he needn’t wear pants. And I’ll definitely never forget the many nights spent at Chateau Neuf. ‘Neuf said.
I can’t quite explain the feeling, but it’s like the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli said, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. So, until we meet again Norway, thanks for the memories!