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January 18th, 2008 – by: dr_rett
When I got back there was a gorgeous amount of snow covering everything - especially up at Sogn, there was snow everywhere. However I was disciplined and spent all week studying hard for my exams (while staying in my friend Gesa's room, as she was away). And then, you guessed it, by the time I'd finished with the study the snow was all gone! ALL gone. It then proceeded to rain for the last week of my time in Norway. Great.
So anyway, we had our 5 hour written exam which I hope went ok (we have to pass each section - paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology, anatomy & pathology) It was so icy that day - we were literally walking along a river of ice to get to the uni. That was on a Friday so we had a nice relaxing weekend, then started studying again for our oral exam.
So I was on holidays finally, but the weather was so bad that I couldn't make the most of my last few days in Norway. Nevertheless, we did manage to go ice skating on Thursday evening and then skiing on Friday. Both were great fun, but the weather for skiing was shocking - almost no visibility, sleet stinging our faces, and hard snow, and we were freezing cold and soaked to the bone due to a lack of proper gear! It was pretty cheap though (special student price on Fridays) and really easy to get to - just at the end of the train line, about 20 mins away.
On Friday night we farewelled Norway with our last Sogn party - heaps of people turned up, not all of whom we actually knew, and all ate, drank and were merry. It was sad to say goodbye to some very close friends from my time in Norway. That is the hard thing about Australia being so far away. This party was mainly for our international friends (although we did invite the Norwegians!) Luckily we'd had a post-exam party on Wednesday night with our class, so got to say goodbye to our "Norwegies" then.
On Saturday morning (after not much sleep in the junk room of our corridor) I did my final pack up, said goodbye to Hannah & Georgie, and said goodbye to Norway forever. It felt strange to have everything packed into a few bags once again, and a bit hard to comprehend that this was actually my departure from Norway, and not a short weekend trip to somewhere in Europe. But it'll be good to get home.
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