He found it difficult to understand Norwegians and struggled to break through the cultural barriers.
Instead of giving up, he decided to observe and analyze the people.
I was from Norway and he was from Switzerland, but Europe is small enough, especially in the Tamil community that we would run into each other in person.
Turns out, as we were both dancers, that we got to meet for the first time in-person at a dance competition in Denmark in 2006.
You can also read more of her thoughts through her blog – His friend took a photo of me from hi5 (yes we used that site) and showed him, and told my husband-to-be that I was his cousin.
Apparently, when he first saw my picture, it was love at first sight.
He stopped me and asked me if my name was Archana (weak attempt to get my attention but it worked). This began the start of a friendship for 3 years, which evolved into a more romantic relationship.
This submission comes from Thiva (a Tamil Culture contributor from Norway – you can read her articles here and here) and is the story of how she met her husband.
In Norway there is no ban on extrajudicial, religious marriages.
– The Quran allows men to have many wives, but the criteria is strict: The spouses shall be treated equally.
Norway is generally a very liberal country, and you will come a long way by just using common sense.
Still, there are things that might be different from what you are accustomed to.