November 13, 2012

“Ut på tur”

The word “tur” is a word I haven’t been able to translate into English properly. It could mean a trip or a tour, but in Norwegian the word is normally used to indicate going for a walk. Norwegians love to go for a walk; Søndagstur (Sunday walk), fjelltur (mountain walk/hike), trilletur (walking with a pram), and many more types of walks. This type of walk often doesn’t have a specific goal, you just walk for the walk itself. And often in groups of other people (sometimes even organised, but I am only really talking about walks with family and friends), but also alone. Continue reading

November 5, 2011


Thermos - Vacuum Insulated 1.1 qt Beverage Bottle

“Norwegians are like a Thermos bottle, hard and cold on the outside, but nice an warm once you open them up.”

This is a quote from the 2011 edition of Norway (Insight Guides) – and I think they are correct! 🙂

Photo credit to Thermos!

November 2, 2011

Motherhood and me

Sinnataggen - a statue in Vigelandsparken in OsloI guess motherhood is quite similar in most cultures – at least in the cultures that I am familiar with – all though there will always be slight differences in how things are done, and the expectations to you as a mother. Here in Norway we get a year in maternity/paternity leave (both parents have to take time off to make it a year – my husband took 4 months) Continue reading

October 13, 2011

The “Wine Monopoly”

There are many things that is different in Norway and that an Englishman (my husband) has to get used to living here. And after living in the UK myself for a number of years, I am also trying to understand and remember how it works… The Wine Monopoly

To give you some background: In the UK you can easily buy a bottle of wine (or any other type of bottles) at any supermarket, cornerstore or bottleshop – and believe it or not – but you can do this at almost any time of day – any day of the year! (To a Norwegian this sounds too good to be true!)

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July 1, 2011

Paternity Leave

Disclaimer: I have not done any research or anything – my comments and opinions are only based on my personal experience and views…

We are very fortunate in Norway as we get quite a lot of maternity and paternity leave. You can choose to have a total of 46 weeks (with 100% pay) or 56 weeks (with 80% pay) – all though I believe they have just upped this to be 47 and 57 weeks. We choose the option of 56 weeks. Continue reading