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Happy New Year!

I hope you remember(ed) to count One Mississippi after 23:59:59 tonight before popping the champagne cork at midnight. Have a wonderful 2009!

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Wordless Wednesday – Moths of light

Wordless Wednesday

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Quirks of Berlin (and of my mind)

For a tourist, there’s always stuff to see that doesn’t fit typical tourist photo categories. This is the stuff that reminds a tourist that she truly is not at home, but somewhere else. Here are some photos of how Berlin reminded me of that fact. I enjoyed the lampposts on parade on Unter den Linden, […]

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The Berlin wall

I like riding subways. I don’t know where it comes from, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience in London in 1981, and have sought out subways where available when playing tourist. People like to ride the double-decker buses in London, but I found that being stuck in traffic annoyed me. I’d rather ride to my […]

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Unter den Linden

Sometimes a name’s just a name. And sometimes the name springs to life in the most wonderful way. “Unter den Linden” (under the lindens) stopped being something that rolls easily off the tongue and became a magical tour through Berlin, a wonderful cross section of some of the best Berlin has to offer an tourist. […]

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Berlin and points of interest

Once upon a time I took a trip to Dresden and Berlin. It’s time I finish that trip, and show you Berlin. We did a bus tour in the morning, whizzing by many beautiful buildings, like the building that houses the DDR museum (see how badly people lived in East Block times), the Humboldt University […]

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Mother and child

Tom could hear a humpback mother and calf from his house. The humpbacks migrate from Alaska down to Hawaii for the winter. I always thought they were chasing food, but no. They don’t eat while on winter vacation. They merely give birth and then head back up to colder waters come spring. Tom had no […]

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Wordless Wednesday – God jul

Wordless Wednesday

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Christmas porridge and such

Tom asked me in the comments what Norwegian Christmas porridge is. Strictly speaking, it’s not Christmas porridge, just like pumpkin pie isn’t Thanksgiving pie, but some things are more associated with a holiday than not. And so it is with the foods I’ve bought in handy-dandy pre-made single-servings: On the left is “rømmegrøt”, sour cream […]

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Christmas plans

Sometimes shit happens with the best outcomes. I have yet to see how well, but it’s looking good so far. The friends I usually spend Christmas with I won’t be spending Christmas with this year. That means I’ll be alone for Christmas. That’s not a bad thing. I’ve done it before. So, after the initial […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Bicycle fates

Wordless Wednesday

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Sunday shopping

In Norway, no regular stores are open on Sundays. Restaurants, movie theaters, gas stations and snack bars are, but not regular stores, like clothing stores, grocery stores or hardware stores. Except in December. In December, stores are open on Sundays, for five hours. It used be just one Sunday this month, then it became two. […]

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Validation

One of the things I really like about Christmas is all the Christmas movies. You know, those movies that are about that special Christmas magic, which – with or without Santa, angels or a pregnant, unwed woman – manages to create miracles big and small in ordinary people’s lives. My list of favorite Christmas movies […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Yin and yang

Wordless Wednesday

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Sunrise walk

I took a day off from work, and decided to photograph the pink glow of a winter sunrise. So at about 9:05 am I walked out my front door and headed for our local pond. I realize this is why I am a sunset girl: It’s only in wintertime I can get up before the […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Note to self (with update)

Wordless Wednesday UPDATE: In my department, we all get flowers on our birthdays. 😉

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While at work

One of the external printers has a wife and a daughter that work at my company. Proofs that need to be returned to the printer are usually delivered via either wife or daughter. The man himself is both loud and talkative and no less so this time. I finally got to meet his daughter Friday; […]