And suddenly it’s March! This is an exciting month for Norway, because it marks the shift from us having shorter days than the rest of our hemisphere to having much longer days. Midnight sun, here we come!
Though I think this is also the month where spring starts to spring everywhere but Rauland. I mean, you guys aren’t sick of all my wintry photos yet are you? Oh.
So I know I’ve been all “I never want winter to end ever ever ever,” but I’m starting to get really excited for summer at this cabin. There’s a lake right down the hill and the prettiest mountain hike starting just behind the outhouse, and it’s going to be much quieter here without the ski tourists. Really, I just can’t wait. Lots of camping, hiking, road trips to the west coast – ahh this summer is going to be magical!
last summer in Rauland
But maybe I shouldn’t be quite so impatient for summer to arrive, because everyone is telling me that this next month here is basically going to be winter at its best, as there will still be tons of snow for skiing, but the weather will be milder and the days longer. Plus for such a secular country, Easter is an incredibly big deal here.
I haven’t spent Easter in Norway since I was about seven, but judging from photos, it looks like it will be a glorious week of skiing in swimsuits because it’s so warm plus, hello, the reflection from the snow doubles your tan! I’m actually only sort of joking – Norwegians are insane.
I’m happy to report that my Danish is coming along quite nicely now.
No but seriously, there are so many Danes here. And while I can’t speak a word of Danish, it is becoming much easier to understand now. Though it still baffles me how written Danish and Norwegian can look almost identical, while spoken they are so completely different. Really, Danes, what on earth are you doing with your mouths?
Besides finally managing to sled all the way down the hill from the cabin without jumping off prematurely in fear, my biggest accomplishment of the month was buying a car and like, totally learning how to drive it! It was pretty embarrassing to have to admit to you guys that I could only drive an automatic, but all the advice people gave me in the comments on this post was so incredibly helpful. I do still occasionally forget to use the clutch when I want to start in reverse (shhh don’t tell Dan!), but at least now I can drive places on my own, high five!
Blogging this month consisted of me posting an obnoxious amount of photos of Rauland covered in snow and a love letter that for some reason a lot of people thought was written to Dan. Fair enough, I probably wouldn’t have read such mushy nonsense to the end either. But for those of you who thought I could have chosen a more romantic Valentine, I hate to say it, but it sounds like my toilet is better than yours.
And I’m not entirely sure what sparked this, but I had a bunch of new students sign up for my Pinterest ecourse, which means that I’ve once again fallen down the Pinterest hole. It’s just so pretty and inspiring down there! I also finally got Visit Rauland’s Pinterest up and running, so if you like winter, mountains, Norway, and/or me you should maybe check it out.
My most liked Instagram photo this month was taken on probably the prettiest day in Rauland this winter. I loved that even the locals who have seen a million gorgeous winter days were all talking about how beautiful the fog was on this day. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but guys, it was pretty spectacular.
The Blogs I ❤
I added two new blogs to my Bloglovin’ this month!
Having never been to Central America (yet!), I cannot get enough of The Traveling Anthropologist‘s posts about the region. Seriously, she makes me want to go to Mexico so badly! I also love how Pippa shares so many cheap, healthy, and easy hostel meal recipes because I think just about every backpacker ever has struggled with hostel eating while on the road, am I right? I only wish I had discovered Pippa’s recipes sooner.
Anshula of Passport to Eden won me over with the opening words of her very first blog post: “When I was little, I wanted to visit all the places I read about in books.” I think we might just be kindred spirits. I love how her posts have me itching to explore an unlikely destination: the US! Sometimes I forget how absolutely gorgeous it is, but there really is so much more I want to see there (plus Dan is dying for an American road trip).
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How was your February?