Since this is the first post on this blog I thought I better keep it simple. My name is Bethan and this year I moved to Norway.
For the past 22 years I have lived in the UK and if you had asked me 4 years ago to point out Norway on a map I can almost guarantee you I would not have pointed to the country that is literally just a bit above us to the right on the map. Unfortunately alongside the English language, most of us Brits can be obliviously ignorant when it comes to the rest of the world. Now however? I’m happy to say that is a different story.
At the time of writing this I have been living in Norway for little over a month and I can definitely say it is a very different experience to life in England.
So why did I move to Norway?
In simple terms: I became a lovepat.
A lovepat can be described as an individual who becomes an expat or immigrant for love, usually involving an individual moving to their partner’s home country. Sometimes the bonds of love do not care what country you are from, especially in this day and age where travel, education and work can be so accessible all over the globe.
I met my partner over three years ago in London where I had just left my home town of Northampton to attend university, studying for a bachelor in Psychology. And you’ll never believe this…
Yep, he was Norwegian.
Enticed by the fact that a Master’s degree in English would only take one year in England compared to two in Norway he jumped on a plane and dived straight into the English culture. After all what better place to study for a Masters in English? However this meant that he would return to Norway 2 years before my degree was completed.
Long story short, we fell in love and so when summer came of the academic year we entered a long distance relationship and guess what? Despite what everyone and the media says, it doesn’t always blow up in your face. Sure there were some extremely hard times during the period but looking back now, it was worth it.
I made the conscious decision to move to Norway about a year ago now and I would be lying if I said it wasn’t tough. Being the partner in the relationship to move for the other is of course going to have a toll on anyone. Marius has lived and built his life in this town. His family and friends are both here whilst mine are an ocean away. You become so reliant on the other person in the beginning that you need to take that time for yourself to ensure that you stay true to your own goals and inspirations in life.
In the end though I know that it is going to be 100% worth the small struggles in the beginning to build a whole life in this beautiful country with the man I love.
I look forward to sharing my Norglish experience with you all!
‘Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead’ – Oscar Wilde