First days in Hamar

Trip Start Aug 14, 2006
Trip End Dec 11, 2006

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Here is what we did our first weekend in Hamar.

Once we arrived in Hamar by train, Knut Haugen and a few of the students that were helping with orientation week met us. Knut is in charge of all the international students studying at Hedmark University. He is a very busy man he says. We also met a few of the Namibian students that will be studying in the Society and Culture class with us. Once our suitcases were put into cars, we went walking and saw our school and then found the way to the student housing where we'd be living. I was getting pretty tired, but once Knut told us where we'd be living, I forgot. Christy and I were put in one room and Marie and Lauren are living downstairs in the same building. Nat is living in the building behind us and he has a Norwegian roommate. It should be good practice for him with Norwegian. We had a good amount of time to unpack, take pictures, and rest before we had to meet at 6 or so. We met the other international students who are from Germany, Ukraine and Namibia. We walked to the grocery store and bought a little bit of food for the next day and then we headed to Peppes Pizza. After that, we walked to the student pub called Hydranten (The Hydrant). We met our first bunch of Norwegian students there. We stayed for about an hour and then headed back to our rooms for the night.
Sunday, we met up and had a walking tour of the outside of the school where we'd be studying and we went inside to see our classroom. The school is really different then I thought it would be. It's a really nice school, but it almost feels like a giant high school because of all the different buildings. It's a very nice campus nonetheless. We broke off into smaller groups. I went with Marie, Nat, Lauren, and Christy and we walked down to Lake Mjsa, the largest body of water in Norway. It was a little cloudy, but we still got a lot of nice pictures and had fun exploring around. We walked down to the downtown area and looked through all the windows into the shops. That was because most stores are closed on Sundays in Norway. But, we did find a caf that was open. We all got coffee or tea and it was the best tasting latte I had had since I arrived in Norway. We met up with Rita and a few other orientation leaders and had pizza again, but this time it was at another pizza place called Pizzanini (and it was paid for by the school!) My first impressions of Hamar haven't changed a whole lot. My biggest one is that Hamar really reminds me of home. More so, I guess Norway reminds me of the Pacific Northwest because of the lakes and the way the houses are built. I also think that because Hamar is a little larger then Oak Harbor, I'm settling in really well! Hamar has a mall too, its only 10 minutes away rather then 45 minutes. Anyway...I think after dinner, we just went back and hung out together in the room and went to bed to get rest for orientation week.
I'm almost caught up. Sorry if its scattered or really random. Pretty soon it will be just like a daily journal (hopefully) Next blog will be about Orientation week!
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