For the last few weeks, my Facebook feed has been dominated by the latest Christmas TV adverts from John Lewis, Sainsburys and the like. As the Christmas season seems to start a month earlier in the UK than Norway, it serves as a useful heads-up for me to start thinking about my plans. As usual […]
Observations on the quirks of day-to-day life in Norway, from the extended summer vacations to crazy adverts on TV.
As I write this, I’m sitting on the sofa watching the latest episode in the 5th series of Alt for Norge, an award-winning reality TV show on TV Norge. This is something I’ve been meaning to write about for three years now. Finally, I’ve put pen to paper! (well, fingers to keyboard…) Named The Great […]
“Ugh, it’s nasty out there”, I spluttered as I returned from Bunnpris on Friday night. I’d been to grab some groceries for the weekend as the weather forecast looked bleak. Dark clouds, wind, rain, and a flood warning across central Norway. Lovely! It got me thinking though, Norwegian weather is fairly predictable. True, we never know exactly […]
During a Scandinavian summer there’s a chance you’ll stumble across a family or a group of friends throwing wooden blocks at each other in open parkland. At least, that’s what it looks like at first. You’re actually watching a game of Kubb, colloquially known in the US as Viking Chess. Although it’s a game claimed to have […]
Returning to Norway after a holiday can be a really depressing experience. I just spent 12 days exploring Catalonia (specifically Tárrega, Lleida, Barcelona and Sitges) and I found returning tough, even though the temperature in Trondheim was actually higher! The effect is worse in the winter, where the low prices and warm weather of the Canary […]