Wednesday, November 14, 2012

progress and ponies

a peaceful sunset with the Assateague ponies

After surviving hurricane Sandy and missing 3 days of class, life quickly moved on from there. Coming back to school with the holidays fast approaching has me in a bit of panic about getting up to where I need to be by the end of February. While I did perfectly well on my evaluation, I know that getting to the point of comfortably speaking is going to take some work (so why am I not studying right now??). But I'm getting there. I've been lucky enough to attend a couple of events at the Norwegian embassy here in DC, and I was surprisingly comfortable speaking and understanding (the wine certainly helped).

Oh, and we had an election! Being all diplomatic and such is difficult when your life is so closely entangled with the outcome of the elections, but I am very happy and relieved that the election is over and we can all get back to work. Almost all of the Norwegians I've talked to are extremely happy about the reelection of our President. After all, this is the country that awarded President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize less than a year after he was a elected. They love him, which should make my job a little easier.

Other than learning and elections, it's been nice to get out of town and experience the slow waning of autumn. This weekend it was a day-trip out to Assateague National Seashore to see the ocean and the ponies. The weather was warm but crisp, and the sunset on the beach was perfect. Next up - reporting for potential jury duty, Thanksgiving, and less than a month until an immersion trip to Oslo!

ponies enjoying some beach shrub

An empty beach on the east coast 

fisherman try their luck

a beautiful sunset

pony silhouette

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