Two days ago, my application for temporary residency in Norway was denied. The main issue is that the Norwegian government really only cares about whether or not Silje can support me if I turn out to be a leech on the system (during this application process, I have not been allowed to work). The problem is that Silje works in a profession that isn't salary based, so its essentially impossible to prove that over a year, she would make enough to support me. So in order to make it work, I would have to move back to the States, while she stayed here and worked for at least a year, documenting everything. On top of that, the government has decided that my reason for wanting to even be in Norway is insufficient, so its not guaranteed that even after this year apart, that I would be approved.
I have three weeks to leave the country.
That's a long way of saying that I'll be moving back to Portland in the coming weeks. Silje will stay behind for a few months and close up our lives here, while I start our lives in Portland from scratch. If anyone knows of a cheap room for rent (for a a month, or so, while I find a more permanent place for Silje and I) or know of a job thats hiring, I would be very appreciative. I wont be jumping right back into making coils, and would like to do something interesting, for a while, if possible. But I'd basically be down for whatever.
Please understand if I'm a bit hesitant to talk too much about the overall situation right now, as I've been talking about it constantly for the last few months, and I'm a little tired of the subject. Maybe we can talk about it over a beer or root beer some time. I will say that I'm not devastated by the news. I tend to think in realistic terms, and wasn't really caught off guard by the news. I generally hate the term, but "it is what it is". Life in Norway was an interesting experience despite not being allowed to work or leave the country. I met some rad people and did some cool things. But, honestly, I was starting to get the feeling that Norwegian society, as a whole, wasn't for me anyway....