We've been in Stavanger for just about 1 week and my goodness, things have happened quickly.
:: Joe started his new job and has been learning the ins and outs of the base here as well as trying to get a hold on the working culture of Norway. ::
::We also found out that Joe's work permit has been approved thus he is able to stay in the country as a resident for 2 years (afterwards, we reapply.) This means I need to start my application. ::
:: I've spent a lot of time touring grocery stores and figuring out what everything is and what is available here. While almost everyone speaks English, everything written is in Norwegian and I have no knowledge of it yet. ::
:: Stavanger Sentrum is great - bars, restaurants, shops, and just about everything one would want. Cruise ships have been pulling in daily bringing tourists and the area is bustling. ::
:: We are in awe of the outdoor life here. The city is made for walking & biking and we've been exploring the paths all week and it feels so good to finally get out and enjoy the fresh air again! ::
:: The househunt has started and might potentially end this weekend. We have seen 4 great apartments all with advantages and disadvantages. I think we've narrowed it down to two - one stunning apartment with fantastic views in a new area right on the water or another, less impressive on first glance but bigger and closer to town. ::
:: We spent one full day in an orientation session provided by the Chamber of Commerce and learnt so much about Norway, Norwegian culture & Stavanger. I've also been recruited to do some information sessions for people moving to Canada as expats beginning the middle of next week so I'll be busy preparing information. ::
It has been a really terrific first week and we're feeling re-energized and excited about life in Norway.
Have a happy weekend everyone!