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“…and all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” - Oscar Wilde
This morning's sunrise at Hakkesetstølen.

My seasonal role as a Communications and Outreach Assistant at Hakkesetstølen ended on September 5th, and my current Norwegian residence permit will expire on October 4th.

I don’t have to go home, but I can’t stay here.

“Here”, in this case, is the Schengen zone, an area that includes Norway and 34 other countries. Since I do not have another job lined up yet, I will need to leave Schengen until the next work permit application is approved, a process that can take four months or more.

I hope to be back in Norway by early 2023.

Sometime in the next month, I will set foot on U.S. soil for the first time in over a year (!), but before I go stateside, I plan to make the most of the time remaining on my residence permit:

On September 9, I will fly to the Canary Islands for a week.

On September 19, I will go to Gdańsk, Poland for a few days.

Then, before October 4, I plan to be back in the Midwest, visiting friends and family and making improvements to my cabin in western Wisconsin.

More to come soon!

- Marla


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