• Whitehaven Beach
    Shared,  Travel experiences

    Post-vacation blues

    It happens every time after vacation and it begins a few days before the vacation comes to an end. The same feeling of not wanting to leave behind the place, its flavors, moods, and spirit. That same feeling of melancholy is even stronger if the destination has become a favorite. Vows to come back are a useless deception – always something happens, plans change, and traveling to new places bring me anywhere else but back to the same location. I believe that if I can see something now, I shouldn’t postpone for when I come back one day. Returns are rare. I get attached to places and don’t want to go…

  • Kangaroo
    Travel experiences

    Moments in Australia: 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 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 am…

  • 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…