Now that we are here and relatively settled into our cozy Oslo apartment, we have had the chance to start thinking about what stories we would like to cover. We have only got a month, so it feels a little overwhelming that we have five stories to finish. In this post, I will share with the internet some of the things I am most excited to dive into during my stay here.

The first obvious story is the history of metal in Norway, how it is a part of the lives of the people here, and where it is headed in the future. As a country known for their black metal, I feel like I have so much to learn about the genre while I am here. It is almost hard to know where to start. I’d like to have the chance to talk to some experts on the subject, some current bands, and some black metal veterans. My biggest question is where did it originate and why. Of course, I’d also like to attend a few shows.

On this upcoming weekend, a fellow reporter and I will be heading to MiniOya, Oslo’s children and family music festival. At first, I wasn’t sure this was something that really excited me. That was until I had the epiphany that Oslo has a children and family music festival… And it is a big deal. The acts range from a heavy metal political band, to puppet acts and contortionists. There are also swimming lessons, games, and face painting. I am so excited to see what this festival will uncover about Norwegian culture, and the role of music in the lives of young people in Norway.

Finally,  as someone with Norwegian ancestry, I am excited by the prospect of hopping on a tour bus with people who are about to meet their families for the first time. I know that for me, I am very proud of my heritage. I would assume anyone who is willing to travel across the world to visit their homeland would have to be! I think this could make for a very powerful story.