Day 2 in Stavanger and first day heading into the office for an initial couple of hours.
With the body clocks not quite having adjusted yet, we were up at around 4.30am! We went for a short jog to check out a bicycle shop that Matty had scoped out the day prior. One thing we need to get used to is looking the correct way before crossing the street while running, given that the traffic runs on the opposite side of the road here.
Next we checked out the grocery store and the information centre before heading into the office.
A couple of hours at the office:
- got a quick brief on getting started with our new roles and the week to come
- our first 11am canteen style lunch
- quick introductions to our new colleagues
- collected our computers and phones
After this we headed to the post office and checked out another supermarket. There are about 5 supermarkets around here, each with a slightly different product offering. We were surprised to find that food isn't as wildly more expensive as we were expecting which is nice! For dinner last night we had a decent sized piece of fish each and this was only around $3 per serve. I guess it is a matter of figuring out where to who, what items tend to be pricey (eg a 330mL beer in the supermarket starts at about $6, and they sell them in single bottles), and which items are good value for money - e.g. fish tends to be cheaper here than home.
We took our big suitcases home from the office so the evening was largely filled with unpacking our gear and ironing, not terribly exciting but a necessary task!
Some interesting Stavanger/Norwegian things we've learnt this far:
- Lunch at 11, dinner is around 4.30
- Commas used in $ amounts, e.g. Kr 23,50 instead of Kr 23.50 - this is the same in Excel so will take a bit of getting used to!
- Double beds have two mattresses joined together and two duvets side by side
- The streets are cobblestones in the city centre so no heels for Van around there!
- Lots of clothing shops (yay!), and prices are comparable to NZ :-)
- Most TV channels are in Norwegian, possibly only one in English.
It's early days yet but our first impressions of the city are that it is a really nice place to live, work and base adventures from :-)