Oslo dating website
I quickly realised I would have to make some effort to build a social life outside of my workplace (and supermarket): my colleagues, however very nice, ran out of the office every day at 4pm to reach the barnehage on time, so there weren’t going to be beers and chats and come-over-for-dinner-tomorrow here.
So one tries out ways to meet people, like skiing classes, joining a band, or online dating.
Explore the pristine nature, which offers peace and quiet, as well as canoeing, bike rides and fishing.
The region is full of variety, and offers nightlife and shopping as well as beautiful nature.
I thought, naively, that online dating is like seduction. First of all seduction in Norway is not simple at all for foreigners (see on this topic a previous blogpost: The Norwegian “Art” of Seduction). I would say it follows rules which are even more obscure than regular flirting in a bar, all in a language that I didn’t understand. The first thing you need to know about Norwegian online dating is that there are passions you absolutely need to have if you want men/women to be interested in you.Don’t put pictures of you sweating in spinning class (unclassy) but do put a picture of you rafting down a crazy river in Thailand, or cycling up some road in South of France with a beautiful view of the sea behind you (nice tan is a must have here). I don’t think it’s because people are boring, just that they don’t want to seem to eccentric or too confident. So you end up with having to read this kind of sentence so many times your eyes hurt: “I like to stay at home, but sometimes I go out with friends.Then, you need to be kind of the same as everybody else but a bit different. I also like going to cafes.” Oh wow, just like the rest of the 500.000 people living in this city.In the first months of my life in Norway, my entire social life was limited to my colleagues and the cashiers in supermarkets who asked me if I wanted a “pose” (yes, a bag).Moving to Norway only for work meant I had neither friends nor family in this country to begin with.