Public Vacation and the Elderly

I’ll answer all the questions from the Q&A on Friday, so you still have time to ask whatever you want. Just click HERE.

This week has, so far, been pretty busy journalism wise. I’ve had five stories and one column in the paper since Monday. Three of them were two-page features, and the biggest one was three full pages.

The latter one was, by far, the most in-depth news story I’ve ever written. I was assigned to “investigate” the differences in elderly care across Norway, Sweden and Denmark two weeks ago. And before I knew it I was waist deep in trying to figure out a huge social issue — not too different from what I did with Over the Bridge actually.

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Don’t worry, I have brand new shoes — I’m a fan of hygienic work environments. But sometimes I need to stretch my legs… it’s an athlete-thing.

I’ve already mentioned that there’s a thing called “Public Holiday” here in Norway. It’s three to five weeks in the middle of the summer where practically everyone gets time off from work. I used to love that concept — until I started working as a journalist in the paper. It’s sooo annoying because I can’t seem to get a hold of anyone.

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 22.37.05I’ve already stopped counting the number of times I’ve interrupted people’s vacation to ask them stuff I need for my stories. But hey, someone’s gotta do their job, right?

Through endless phone calls, trying to communicate in Swedish and Danish, I finally managed to get the information I needed. (To my American readers: Swedish and Danish is NOT the same as Norwegian — it’s more like Scottish and Indian English compared to American English.) Norwegians are usually pretty good at understanding them, but they seem to get lost in translation as soon we open our mouths.

Anyway, it was a great relief to finally get the story out in the paper yesterday.

It’s almost sad I’ll be done with the internship in just two days. I love it there.

Bless y’all,
Maria

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