Learning more about Bergen

The past few weeks I have been adjusting to living in Norway. Living in a new place, you find things that are totally different compared to your hometown. I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I have noticed so far!

  1. When you grocery shop in Norway, you only buy a small amount of groceries.
  2. You have to pay for the plastic bags at the grocery store so most people bring their own bags.
  3. Everywhere I go, I have my phone close so I can convert all the prices to USD.
  4. NORWAY IS EXPENSIVE… you really learn to get what you really need.
  5. The European fashion style is a lot better than in the U.S.
  6. With that… people always look nice.
  7. There is no “right” side of the sidewalk to walk on. Everyone just walks wherever.
  8. Service in restaurants is different. It’s kind of have hard to explain! :/
  9. The doors to buildings and rooms are different… I can’t explain how, I just know I’m not use to it. 😉
  10. Where I live, the toilets have a knob on top that you pull to flush.
  11. Almost everyone seems to smoke cigarettes!
  12. Alcohol is extremely expensive. 1 regular beer (most likely comparable to coors, bud light, etc.) at a restaurant is 89 kr… which converts to just about 11 USD.
  13. Norwegians like to be very on time.
  14. Brown cheese is… different!
  15. I have started to get use to not using my phone as much since I can only use it on wifi. Only for important things like converting KR to USD!
  16. It is SO cheap to fly to other european countries while in Europe. 🙂
  17. Norwegians are very shy and keep to themselves.
  18. American music is just as popular here as it is in the U.S.
  19. The mountain’s are gorgeous here but if you expect an easy hike… think again!
  20. Everyone around you is speaking Norwegian or a different language so you never understand anyone in public. Unless you say you speak English… 🙂 So eavesdropping is not as easy 😉

I have learned a lot of new things and have slowly started to adjust to them. It is so interesting to see how different things are compared to the U.S.


Just a few girls from Minnesota, North Dakota, Kansas, Germany, and New York hiking!

We have also been doing a lot of hiking while here. Bergen is surrounded by 7 mountains so there is a lot of hiking to be done! 🙂 So far I have hiked twice. Each one was amazing, hard, and long. But the view at the top was incredible and makes you totally forget about the hike up. The group friends I have made and I plan to do much more hiking and exploring of our new “home”.

Hike from August 14th




Every building or house here has its own beautiful character. Our campus is spread throughout the city and the other day we were just wondering through some streets and came across the cutest house. I, of course, NEEDED a picture of the house and stopped to take one. While we were finishing up taking pictures of this typical Bergen home, the man that lived in it was walking up to go inside! It was kind of funny because we probably looked so silly but the man wasn’t mad at all.

The cute house we walked by!
Jumping for joy over this view!
A dinner that doesn’t consist of cereal or toast!

Everything here is so beautiful that I am constantly taking pictures of the most random things. I just want to be able to share with everyone back home how beautiful it is here! Even if the pictures don’t give it any justice…

The view at dinner one night out!

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”- Psalm 19:1

P.S. If anyone would like to write to me, here is my address…


Rachel Loehr

Fantoft Studentboliger

Postboks 384

5075 Bergen

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom Gabrielsen says:

    Another post from Rake! Each time we read your posts or view pictures we want to return. We know what
    you are talking about. And thanks for posts and pictures!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. rachecloehr says:

      Miss you guys! I’m glad you are enjoying the pictures! 😊


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