• Alice Springs, Australia
    Travel experiences

    Moments in Australia: Alice Springs

    Alice Springs is an unusual town. It’s not the most photogenic place for your Instagram  extravaganza, but it’s close to every beach in Australia, has an amazing collection of contemporary indigenous Australian art, it’s remote, dusty, a bit run down, a gateway to the Red Center, a dry river  intersects it, has a telegraph station, and it’s the home of the world’s oldest civilization. After a trip through the desert, we arrive in poorly lit Alice Springs. The contrast between dry heat and powerful air condition has made us tired and longing for a good night’s rest. Not meant to be! Cockroaches crawl out of cracks and crevices in the…

  • Birthday Leo
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    Birthday thoughts and cake

    I was born yesterday for the 35th time. My mother remembers a thunderstorm the night before and rays of sunshine around noon on my birthday. This year location and latitude are different and there was a quick storm the evening before. Probably a coincidence. August is honey and amber, a summer as mature as old wine.  I am grateful it chose me. Birthdays are not a time to regret getting old and cry over it. They are rather a moment to pause, wipe out any worries or sadness and enjoy yourself. Last year I made a red velvet cake, this year I decided to pay tribute to a few of…

  • Summer in Norway
    Expat life

    Norwegian summer

    Norwegian summer is like a moody kid – hard to please but worth the effort. Sunny and warm days are almost always conquered by dark gray skies and raindrops. On Monday you wear your bathing suit and on Tuesday – your jacket.   Norwegian summer is blond hair, red faces. Private (speed)boats cruising the sea, bringing together families and children’s laughter. Walks along the river and whispering of waterfalls.   Summertime in Norway is quiet July, closed stores, movie theatres on vacation. Nearly the whole nation goes on vacation. It’s an unwritten rule. Oslo is in full bloom and the streets are half empty.   Norwegian summer is street food…