• Norwegian Autumn
    Expat life,  Norway

    The weather: ultimate ice breaker in Norwegian conversations

    Talking about the weather?! One can just check the weather forecast, no need to analyze why and how much it’s raining/snowing/shining. I thought the weather was a boring topic and only people who have nothing to say find consolation in discussing the weather. It turns out, it’s the preferred way of talking to strangers in Norway. British weather has a cult status and, I guess, talking about it has its merits. Especially in a combination with British humor. Norwegians are famously shy people. They won’t say ”Hi” to a stranger, smiles are out of the equation. ”Excuse me” and ”Sorry” are also nearly extinct species. The Nordic people may relax…

  • Pride parade: a dog
    Expat life,  Norway,  Photo stories,  Society

    Everything is love

    Oslo Pride is a colorful celebration of queer love and diversify. An event during which the great mood is contagious and everybody is genuinely happy. The 10-day festival is in the form of art exhibitions, movie screenings, parties, concerts, and political debates. The culmination is Oslo Pride Parade where thousands of people gather on the streets of Oslo to show support and have fun. Parade participants give away to the crowd candies, lollipops, condoms, and magazines. This year’s parade topic was family and many of the parade participants wore posters with slogans ”A family is more than a mother, a father, and a kid” and t-shirts declaring proud moms, daughters,…

  • Urban photography; cat on a motorcycle in Tel Aviv
    Expat life

    Job search tragicomedy

      During The Job Search, I wanted to tell everyone who dared to ask me how my job search was going to kindly mind their business. Just in case. I learned EVERYTHING: how to write and tailor my resume to each position (font, font size, white spaces, what to include, what to cut off, and million other tweaks and fine-tunings), how to craft the perfect cover letter, the best time to apply for 13% (!) higher chance to get invited to a job interview, the best colors to dress in, when to arrive, the only appropriate handshake and body postures, what to say, what absolutely not to say, when to send a…