I’m a Norwegian who has now lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years. I moved from Norway to Los Angeles for no other reason than to be with my boyfriend. He came from a movie-making family and wanted to return to Los Angeles to pursue that field.
When we were trying to convince my parents to accept the move, he advised me to speak of “Los Angeles” instead of “LA” because it sounded more serious than “LA”. The term “LA” invoked such ideas as glamor, wealth, and beaches that probably wouldn’t be helpful when trying to convince my parents to approve of my move. Whether speaking of “Los Angeles” helped, I don’t know. But here I am more than 20 years later, and fortunately for my parents, I ended up marrying my boyfriend. We have now been married 20 years and have two boys, Sonny age 14 and Doobie age 11.
I was born in Oslo and spent my childhood years moving back and forth between Norway and the United States. After first and second grades in Norway, the rest of my education was in the U.S. Every summer, however, our family would return to Norway even though my sister and I wanted to spend vacation time with our American friends. Also, despite admonishments from a teacher who believed it would delay our acquisition of the English language, my parents believed in the importance of maintaining the Norwegian language in our home. The result is that I feel like a true Norwegian in spite of all these years in the States surrounded by American culture. I speak, read, and write Norwegian; I have strong ties to Norway and my family there; and I have a keen interest in all things and events Norwegian in Los Angeles.
The purpose of this blog is to give an insight into how our family experiences LA. What is it like to live here? And what does the city offer? Yes, LA has its movie stars and red carpets, fancy cars and traffic, beaches and lifeguards, but it is so much more than that as well. Even native Angelenos aren’t aware of everything that their city has to offer. Join me as our family explores Los Angeles and tries to take advantage of all it has to offer, with a special interest in pursuing our Norwegian heritage of course.
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