As you read in yesterday's post, I have been in Norway a full year now. In that year a lot of things changed. Getting used to a new language, new people, new ways of work, new habits. It was really tiring at times, but it has been a real experience. The thing is though: I couldn't have done it without all the people over here who helped me or the support from family and friends (even if they never wanted me to leave in the first place).
So, takk skal dere ha: Papa and Mama for standing by me, even though you hated the thought of yet another daughter taking up residence in another country. Takk skal du ha Gera for believing in me and loving the fact that her big sister was taking up residence in another country. Takk skal du ha Brother and family for the support you offered. I hope to see all of you soon again!
Takk skal dere ha Pepperfly, Pepperfly-man and Peppermaggot for not only taking in, but loving my monsters and looking after them in a perfect way: giving them hugs and kisses, treats and the occasional trick. Takk skal du ha C and family for silently being there, supporting me during the move and of course afterwards as well. Takk skal dere ha to former colleagues. You showed me I was not indispensable after all, although I know your lives are a bit emptier now (she says with great faith in herself).
Takk skal du ha John Terje, for helping me in my first few days in my new country. It would have been ten times more difficult for me otherwise and you made it all so easy! Takk skal du ha Arie for helping me those first few weeks, with the language, with my belongings. It was nice to have a Dutch 'husband' to talk to. Takk skal dere ha to all my new colleagues who helped me with everything connected with my new job: routes, buses and all things related. Takk skal du ha CS who invited me to celebrate the most important Norwegian holiday with her. Takk skal dere ha to my other new-found friends who invited me to their coffee mornings, parties, hikes, outings and even a holiday to Sweden.
Takk skal dere ha to all my blog friends near and far. You stood by me, gave me encouragement, laughed at my adventures, cried with me over bad things. I have only met one of you so far, but I feel I know you all personally! Takk skal dere ha to all my anonymous readers, who I don't know, but who are still interested in me!