• 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
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    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…

  • Forest river
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    Spirulina? Hmm

    Spirulina is a superfood. It gives you energy, suppresses the appetite, boosts the immune system, and is rich in protein. I couldn’t find any reasons against taking it. What was not to like?! I ignored biased sponsored publications and relied on trustworthy sources. It’s highly unlikely to see me eating kale, chia seeds or other modern healthy foods. However, I thought the freshwater cyanobacteria were worth trying. It’s just a plant, what could go wrong. This was my impression after comprehensive online research on the topic. Spirulina is a popular add-on to smoothies, energy bars, and even popcorn. It’s important to carefully choose a brand which uses spirulina from organic…