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Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
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Trip End Dec 22, 2006


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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I have passed my "Norwegian Crash Course" from last week. Monday was our first day of Module 1 which is our month-long class entitled "Society and Culture". We are 5 American students from PLU, 4 Namibians (3 from the University of Namibia and one Peace Corps grantee), and one Norwegian student who was also our main orientation guide person (her name is Rita and she is fabulous). Our teacher, Inger, is from Norway but has studied in Scotland, been a guest lecturer at PLU and I believe she has also visited Namibia. Class is held in English 4 days a week at the Hamar campus of Hedmark University College. Every Tuesday we meet in the evening to have more of an informal discussion time rather than class, and yesterday's session was excellent. The 3 countries represented presented a short summary of their history/educational system/political system etc. so we got to know the basics about each others countries. The thing that I was most excited for about this class was to learn about Namibia --EVERYTHING about Namibia-- since coming into this I can barely even find it on the map. In fact, just in case you too wonder what the capital of Namibia is, click here for Namibia in Wikipedia or here for the Republic of Namibia Website . Of course I am realizing that I will again be learning a lot about not only Namibia and Norway, but about the US too. We already have 3 short papers/presentations due a week from Friday. We are really jumping strait into it. I'm really enjoying getting to know the other Americans and the Namibians. It seems the culture shock for us northern hemisphere folks isn't nearly as bad as for the Namibians, but they are handling it really well. We're already tossing jokes back and forth about some of our culture clash moments. It's a lot of fun.
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