• Kangaroo
    Travel experiences

    Moments from a sunburnt country: Australian wildlife

    The Australian native wildlife is a highlight of every trip to the country-continent. Who doesn’t want to meet a kangaroo or cuddle a koala? These are probably Australia’s most iconic animals but there are so many more unusual animals to meet and get to know. There are many animal parks around and the choice is tough. We want to see as many endemic animals as possible. After a comprehensive research, I pick Featherdale Wildlife Park  near Sydney which hosts one of the largest collections of Australian native wildlife. I am not attracted to zoos and I feel sorry for the poor creatures. I was indifferent to zoos even as a kid. Thus, I…

  • 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…

  • Sydney Opera House
    Travel experiences

    Moments from a sunburnt country: miracles at Sydney Opera House

    In my mind, I walked so many times around the Sydney Opera House that when I finally set my eyes on its full glory, I am not sure whether I am dreaming or just hallucinating. We arrive in the evening after two long flights with a transfer via Bangkok. The hotel is strategically chosen in the vicinity of Sydney Harbour. No doubt, the first thing we do after checking-in is to rush to see IT. We take photos from every side and angle (how else?) and return again a day later to see the UNESCO site in daylight. No second thought, this is the most beautiful and astonishing building I have…