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Clueless in Dresden

First of all: My apologies to my readers. Before I left for my trip, I did no research or reading or buying of guide book. Truth is, I plumb forgot. Second of all: Apologies to myself. I felt left out, unprepared and extremely clueless, especially in Dresden. We had an excellent Swedish guide (which is […]

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Meet Martin Luther

I do have more to tell – or show, really – from Dresden and the rest of my trip. I just sort of have to figure out how to pare down all the photos. And figure out what to say. The truth is that I have some gorgeous photos from Dresden – and nothing to […]

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From ocean to river

My trip to Berlin was enjoyable in part because I got to travel by train (through very beautiful scenery but impossible to get a good picture of)… …and by ferry from Oslo down to Copenhagen (and home again from Kiel). I am used to thinking of international ferry trips from Bergen which have to cross […]

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When it’s good to be a Norwegian

One of my regular diets is Fail Blog and recently it gave me a really good laugh: Now, if that guy were Norwegian, he could be a proud man, because the Norwegian alphabet runs from A to Å (not Z):

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Wordless Wednesday – Warmth

Wordless WednesdayWarming hands in the Fretheim hotel in Flåm.

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In the old east

Well, I’m back – back from a one week tour of the former East Germany, of the cities of Dresden and (East) Berlin. I stepped off the train from Oslo just an hour ago, so I’m still digesting the trip. I have never travelled to that part of Germany before, and also didn’t read up […]

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Please ask at next window

A couple of times people have asked me what it takes to move to Norway. Besides a plane ticket, I have no idea. One of my childhood memories involves visiting all sorts of pawn shops and the like with my grandparents in search of old-fashioned steamer trunks. Big, solid black trunks that open up like […]

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Rifling through the issues

My high school history teacher told us that even if we had nothing to vote for, we always had something to vote against. At least in the US, with two parties constantly stealing the show, that’s how it works. It’s a little harder to vote against in European politics where you have anywhere from five […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Camper art

Wordless WednesdayThis odd pornographic art exhibit was on display in Voss last Friday.

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Me? Boss lady?

Ah, departmental getaways with good company, laughter, music, alcohol, dancing with my boss. So I popped the question: What will it take for me to get a managerial position? We were having a little heart-to-heart which led to our talking about who to fill our boss’s shoes when he retires in a couple of years. […]

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Norwegians in a nutshell

Our little division at work had a weekend getaway to Flåm, which is at one end of the old Flåm Railway, which takes you through a beautiful and dramatic valley. It is part of the Norway in a Nutshell round trip, which is very popular and well worth the money, and includes a boat trip […]

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H0102

In the US, apartments have numbers or maybe letters. Sometimes they have fractions. So you could get an address like 123 South Street, Apt. C, or 321 North Street, #33 1/2, or good ol’ 678 West Avenue, #202. It turns out that such a simple idea for identifying individual units without needing names is a […]

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Wordless Wednesday 2 – Super collider logo

Wordless Wednesday I’m sure you’ve seen the Google logo for the super collider already. I’m reposting because in one way, it is historical.

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Wordless Wednesday – Church wall, Voss

Wordless Wednesday

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Architecture pr0n

I sometimes wonder if I should have become an architect, even though my spacial abilities are not much (in spite of getting an “A” in geometry). One of my favorite waste of times secret joys is to surf the ‘net looking for cool houses. I am especially fond of Spanish style homes (which are typical […]

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Putting myself back in class, as it were

I find myself hungry for knowledge, but unsure about what to read to get said knowledge. I surf blogs looking for someone who “speaks” to me, without much success. Now I’m surfing the podcasts at iTunes and am trying out iTunes U. I love listening to good speakers, people who present coherent thoughts in complete […]

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Gray, no way! (And yay!)

Tim’s comment that the color of the wild roses on yesterday’s post was soothing, got me thinking. The more I looked at the brilliant magenta of the roses, the more I realized that although the color is strong, it does not agitate. And that got me thinking about some other colors. There is some major […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Wild roses

Wordless Wednesday

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That morning routine thingy

Do you ever catch yourself thinking somebody else’s habit sounds at best uninteresting, only to find yourself with the exact same habit somewhere down the road? As the Norwegians say, that’s meeting yourself at the door. And I have done just that. Several years ago, another single co-worker told me about his morning routine, of […]