Oslo is located on a fjord and there are lots of islands scattered throughout the fjord. With our montlhy student public transportation pass (cost= 380 NOK) we can hop on a ferry and go to any of these islands for free! On Saturday we went to Hovedøya with a group of friends from Christian Union. This group meets every Wednesday for a meal, bible study time and fellowship. We only met them last week, but feel really comfortable with the group. The island is gorgeous! No automobiles, just some cute houses, rocky beaches, grass and picnic tables. We played volleyball, frisbee, grilled our dinner and the played a big game of soccer. Norwegians love to grill on these little disposable grills called "grill box." Actually I think they have a more Norwegian name, too. The soccer game was great. Most people in the group aren't trained soccer players, but everyone got into it and ran around. It was fun to see Tan, a girl on my team who doesn't really play soccer, score on a penalty kick! Here are more pictures of the island and our view from the ferry:
This is an old monastery!
After a fun day on the island, we headed back home and I got to work. I don't have a job yet, but I did have an offer to sell my handmade goods at an artisan market. Sunday, September 2nd was the big day and it went really well! I worked all week to make cards and notebook, business cards and a "peachy press" sign. The work paid off. The festival turned out to be a real festival-- we weren't sure if anybody would really show, but they did. There were other vendors, speakers, music, food and lots of people!
Not only did I sell a lot of cards, get a lot of compliments and make some money, but I gained experience, met some cool people and became reinvigorated to keep trying to sell my handmade crafts. I was a bit intimidated by the language barrier, but usually just asked "Snakker du engelsk?" (do you speak English) and people would switch over to English. I learned a couple Norwegian phrases and the numbers 5, 30, 35 and 50-- those were the prices in NOK for my products.
My next big steps are to get my etsy shop running again and to make it to another market in Oslo. Be on the look out for news about my online shop re-opening.