• Expat life

    Ice (c)age

    What can you do with ice? Drink it in a cocktail, smash it with a hammer, make fruit slushies, add it to a beauty routine, put it on the skin after an injury…walk on it! This is what Norwegians do. We, mortals, slip on it, sometimes fall and things end up differently than we have imagined. In Norway, streets and roads might get frosty as early as November. I haven’t seen this phenomenon anywhere else I used to live. Frost is just a gentle introduction to what comes after a snowfall: ice.  Norwegians love ice so much that they can’t imagine their lives without it and make sure to keep…

  • Travel experiences

    The curse of Tutankhamun

    I arrive in London and spot Tutankhamun’s death mask at one of the London Underground stations. This is where I’m going today – Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition at Saatchi Gallery.  The exhibition seems promising with more than 150 original artifacts from the Pharaoh’s tomb, some of which have never been seen outside of Egypt before. Unsurprisingly it’s popular and long lines are expected. I have all the time in the world and am unaware that I will need it today. I need a specific time slot to visit the exhibition. However, the ticket page malfunctions and it takes me an hour to buy a ticket. Not a…

  • Travel experiences

    To ride an elephant without knowing

    We have a few more days in Bangkok and a visit to an elephant sanctuary pops into our minds. The idea is to feed the elephants, walk with them, and bathe them. As appealing and exotic as it may be, we decide against riding them. I’ve read somewhere that an ethical way to ride an elephant is skin to skin. Anything else is considered animal cruelty. We arrive in an area surrounded by a jungle. It’s hot and humid and adventure is in the air. A few minutes later, we change into blue outfits and with childlike excitement, feed the elephants with bananas and sugar cane. The animals devour them…

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