Sorry still no photos. I can hardly see my nose - and it’s a substantial schnoz - for the fog, so that’s the excuse.
I spent this morning queuing up at the local Politi to renew my work/resident’s permit. Baby boy flirted with a very attractive Iranian girl before falling asleep – a man in training, that’s for sure.
Anyway, my visa expired on January 30, but as this date was not marked in massive red lettering on my passport, it passed by without much notice and as a result I should be fined 3000 Nok. But I have come up with a cunning plan to avoid such monetary wastage. As I’ve been living here three years, and am married to a Scandinavian, I am allowed to apply for permanent residency in Norway. As far as I can see there are two advantages to this. Firstly, it means that I no longer have to return to the Politi annually and pay an ever-increasing fee (and now it seems, fines too) to renew my visa. Secondly, it costs 1600 Nok to apply for residency, so even a spendthrift like me can do the math and see the advantages.
Shame I have to fill out a new form and queue up again on Monday but who would have thought that becoming a permanent resident in Norway would be a relative bargain?