“You can go to a café in the morning and spend the night sleeping in a tent in the woods.”
Julia Maher and her boyfriend have spent several nights in near-total isolation just outside of Oslo.
“It was cold and there was a little bit of snow in the air, but we had very good sleeping bags,” she explains with a laugh.
The 24-year-old had originally planned to stay for one semester as an exchange student enrolled in the journalism programme at OsloMet. But she enjoyed Oslo so much that she decided to stay for another semester.
She loves hiking around Sognsvann—both in the winter and during the summer.
“In summer, you can go for a swim or have a barbecue. In winter, you can go skiing.”
Julia has tried cross-country skiing twice.
“I got a couple of bruises, but I am planning to try again next winter.”