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One thing  they tell you when you get into Norway, weather is a very important topic and part of the greetings. Unlike Kenya where I come from, no one bothers to talk about the weather unless it´s raining cats and dogs or its very dry. In short, it is not anything major to talk about.

Winter in Norway.

In Norway, everyone talks about the weather and the changing seasons. Winter officially starts in November  and everyone seems to be on a shopping spree ready to cope with the cold weather and temperatures as low as minus 20C. This sounds crazy but that´s the truth and at the moment I have witnesed early mornings of upto minus 5C.

The Norwegians enjoy the winter, its part of the system here. One reason they like it, the foreigners are fun to be with during winter. “They are scared of the snow,  keep calling in sick,  they fall a lot when they try skiing and we just have fun, we laugh all the time”, said Ingre Anne a Norwegian friend.

One month back, greeny sorroundings.

Wait until it´s winter

“How do you like Norway?” It´s a common question that I answer with a lot of enthusiasm, “I love it so much, I am enjoying myself bigtime”  and the response goes “wait until winter and you will be asking when can you get the next flight back home?”

Winter is a season that all people dread across the world especially for the countries that experience severe winters. So far I have heard of great stories on what to expect. You can be almost certain of snow in the main mountain areas from December to April. Christmas in a snow-covered log cabin is idyllic, and New Year is very special with fireworks everywhere at midnight. There is limited daylight at this time, but it is still possible to have a full day’s skiing if you don’t delay getting out.

Discoloured leaves and still waters.

The days lengthen rapidly through January and February and by the end of March there is of course more daylight than further south. If you are going to drive in Norway in winter you must be prepared for the conditions. Most of the main roads are kept open by snow ploughs all year round, but the road surface will often be hard packed snow and ice. Journey times will be much longer than in summer. 50km/hr is a typical average, and in bad weather there can be long delays over mountain passes.

 Visible signs

So everyone gets prepared for the winter. The green surrounding suddenly turns plain, with trees changing colour from green to yellow or red and finally shedding off. The country becomes colourful, with all sorts of leaves and naked trees. The sun rises very late and sets off way before four o´clock which means it gets very dark, almost all day long.

Trees shedding off their leaves.
  The city gets deserted with most people opting to stay indoors, unless it is very important. The best way to enjoy it is undoubtedly on skis, but there are many other things to do as well. Just sitting by the fire in a warm and cosy log cabin is a great pleasure for some. Children of all ages and many grown-ups never get tired of just playing in the snow. For the more active there is tobogganing, skating, ice fishing, ice climbing, horse and sleigh rides, dog sledding, snow shoeing and snow-scooter safaris.

All snowy!

With wireless internet all over, most people spend their time on their laptops and watching televisions. Most babies too are born nine months later!

I am all prepared

A common saying coined among the Norwegians says, “The weather is not bad, it´s you who is not dressed well”, is enough indication that it gets worse but they are used to it. I have been shopping and ready to cope with it. I am yet to get used to heavy dressing and putting on rubber boots, which come in various sizes and colours. These will make Kenyans laugh, because rubber boots are mostly used by the farmers early in the morning as they milk their cows. Here in Norway, these are common shoes and very stylish.

My beautiful boots!

My sitting room and my bedroom as well, I have ensured that the heaters are in good order and working. You can be assured, I will not be booking my flight back home come winter season but will be happy to enjoy and bring out the hero in me! 

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Patience Nyange

I believe in a just society and I am a strong believer in Ralph Waldo Emerson words: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

15 thoughts on “IT´S A COUNTDOWN………

  • 14th October 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Patience,enjoy big time! I can only Imagine!

  • 16th October 2010 at 5:25 am

    naked trees?haha i love that bit,bring a write up on the dating scene and huk up the blog to fb for more and easier interaction

    • 16th October 2010 at 6:59 am

      Thanx Itumbi! Keep reading and commenting! Will definately write on the dating scene. How do i do the huk up thing on fb?

  • 18th October 2010 at 1:15 pm

    am not surprised at all that u wrote this.., infact i was wondering what took you too long to write it. anyway, as someone already suggested ebu do another write up on dating. hope u r prepared to date as u r with the winter season..

    • 19th October 2010 at 11:01 am

      Hi Brenda, thanx for your comment! Am gathering my info and I am about to write on the dating scene. Keep those requests coming, and I like that you are not surprised that I write. About being prepared to date this winter season, time will tell!

  • 21st October 2010 at 3:08 pm

    This is lovely mwanedu……good work keep us posted I like.

  • 4th November 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Sweetie this is awesome am so ready for it,ope u will enjoy just cover urself with warm clothes ,gloves,ma scalfs and hav fun.

    • 5th November 2010 at 12:37 am

      My dear, thanx for the encouragement, I know it is easy for you because you are used to it, for me I will try and give it my best shot!! Thanx for your readership!!

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