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  • Our host Tina explained to me that this risqué painting was hauled all the way back from Indonesia. So gosh darn I'd better appreciate it.

    It was my first party in Kristiansand, a seaside city of about 68,000 Norwegians in the southern region of Vest-Agder. Just a few short days prior, I was thousands of miles away on the other side of the globe.

    Move into my room in the St. Olavs vei building? Check.
    Meet my Polish roommate Marta, 5 years my senior? Check.
    Go to the politistasjon to apply for a residence permit? Check.
    Receive a campus tour of the Universistet i Agder, where I would be taking classes for rest of the the semester? ...Check.

    Ready to relax, ready to have a good time.

    SKÅL!
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