🇳🇴 You might picture life in Norway like so many other people: scenic hikes, wonderful nature and a laid-back lifestyle with a lot less stress. While all of that is certainly true, life in Norway isn’t always all sunshine and daisies.
I don’t talk about this very often but even after 5 years of living in the country, I still sometimes feel like I’m not fitting in and like I’m not good enough. ☔️ I always recommend people to learn Norwegian before moving here as I’ve experienced first-hand how differently some people (some, not all!) treat you depending on which language you speak. While I’ve had my fair share of people complimenting me on my “good” Norwegian skills, I’m also, even after 5 years, still confronted with people who think I’m, or in particular my language skills, aren’t good enough. This, despite me sometimes having difficulty conversing in my mother tongue (German) for lack of using it enough as Norwegian and English are my everyday languages... 🤦♀️ Granted, there’ll always be people who think you aren’t good enough but as an expat I often find myself in a “neither here nor there” situation.
I’m not Norwegian and don’t think I ever fully will be even if I one day obtain a Norwegian passport. 🗺 I also don’t feel particularly German and don’t think I ever truly have as I’ve been dreaming about living abroad since I was a child. Then again, the language that comes easiest to me and in which I find myself think most of the time, English, isn’t my mother tongue either and not only have I never even lived in an English-speaking country, I don’t even have any ancestry in an English-speaking country either. 🤯 This limbo is causing me headaches and heartaches from time to time and it’s definitely not something I ever expected happening to me when I first moved abroad, nor is it something you could ever prepare yourself for.
It truly just sucks sometimes but the trick is to keep going, no matter what! #nordicwanders #nordicinsider