I’m a Norwegian who has now lived in Los Angeles just about 30 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 still am more almost 30 years later, and fortunately for my parents, I ended up marrying my boyfriend. We have now been married over 20 years and have two boys, Sonny age 19 and Doobie age 17.
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 Norwegian (and Scandinavian, in general).
The initial purpose of this blog was to provide 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 always aware of everything that their city has to offer. We did our best to explore Los Angeles and take advantage of all it had to offer, with a special interest in pursuing our Norwegian heritage.
As my boys got older, the purpose of this blog has changed. It is now more about me continuing to pursue my interest in all things Scandinavian through books, films, and events in the area.
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