|Today was Fulbright orientation. Most of the day was spent in a small room learning about the administrative workings of the Fulbright program and Senator William Fulbright. We then walked over to the Nobel Institute. Only one of the six Nobel prizes is awarded outside of Sweden--the Peace prize. The US Ambassador to Norway, Ben Witney, addressed the audience of current and former Fulbrighters, Embassy officials, Norweigan government officers, and busines-people. Then the current Fulbrighters, Todd included, were invited to speak from the same podium from which the peace prize is annualy announced. Todd described his project on researching Energy policy in Norway and his goals.
After the speeches were given, we immediately were sought out by former Fulbrighters and Norwegian business men and women. We had many interesting conversations, one of which was with a guy named Ole Ohlsson! He was very Nordic!
Emily had a long conversation with a wife of a former Fulbrighter. They lived in Mass. 25 years ago and loved their experience. She said that we are called "Half" Brighters. When she had more wine, she said that the two of us equal "Full" Brighters!
We have been told several times that the Norwegians are hard to get to know, but so far they have been quite lovely and fun to talk with.