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Moving On

One week ago, Norwegian life was turned upside down by the actions of one man. It's not an exaggeration to say the last seven days have been some of the most traumatic and emotional of my...

A Nation Mourns, Words Not Required

Oslo Bomb & Shooting – The Day After

This morning, Oslo awoke to a new reality. I can't be the only one who was awoken at 4am by a massive thunderstorm, thinking another bomb had gone off. When I eventually gave up getting back...
My small tribute to the victims of the Oslo bombing

Oslo Bomb & Shooting – The Day That Will Change Norway Forever

It's taken me hours to gather my thoughts enough to be able to put them into words and I'm still shaken now, so forgive me if this is all a little “raw”. I can't get my...

Oslo Bomb – Stunned and Shaken

I can't put into words how I feel right now – I live just a few minutes walk from where the blast was. I'll write more when I feel more up to it – but for...

In Search of Oslo’s Best Coffee – Tim Wendelboe

Today I had intended to continue my search for Oslo's best cafe, but I took a slight detour and decided to concentrate on coffee. Living in the centre of Oslo I am surrounded by cafes offering...

Exploring Grønland, Oslo’s “multicultural melting pot”

One of the more interesting parts of Oslo is the eastern inner city area known as Grønland. This literally translates as Greenland, although it has absolutely nothing in common with the Danish slab of ice in the...

Oslo Opera House:A Modern Scandinavian Masterpiece

To many, Scandinavian design means simplicity, minimalism and functionality, a certain Swedish furniture store being the prime example. But these days Scandinavian design is about far more than a cheap chest of drawers, for Scandinavia is...

Bitter. Sweet. Alive. Oslo Chocolaterie

“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” UPDATE: This wonderful place has now closed, but I'm leaving this post here as a memory! For those who don't know...
Aker Brygge waterside

People Watching and Ice Cream on Aker Brygge

Undoubtedly one of the more love it/hate it parts of Oslo is the pier-style harbourside development of bars, restaurants, shops and offices called Aker Brygge. It's put down by many as a tourist trap, pricey (even by...