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Meat market and other memories

Wednesday’s photo was taken from a bus stop at one of Bergen’s main intersections, between our historic, Hanseatic wharf “Bryggen” and our open-air fish market. In the comments, Alice asked me what the building in the middle was, and this was my reply: The building in the middle with the stepped gable used to be […]

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Miscellaneous catching up

So somebody missed me (hi, Protege!). If it weren’t for Wordless Wednesdays, they wouldn’t know I was still alive. Well, I am, and here’s a run-down of what’s been grabbing my attention this month: Autumn got busy, as it usually does. I’ve been trying to focus on my astrology in order to forecast the weather […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Morsels

Wordless Wednesday

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Flu proof?

My grandma, who was born in 1910, told me how she, her sister and her father all lay sick – so weak they were often unconscious – for two weeks with the Spanish flu in 1918. Grandma’s mother didn’t get sick at all. Not even so much as a sniffle. The Norwegian newspapers announced yesterday […]

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Asleep

It has bugged me for quite some time that I couldn’t remember where I was when Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon exactly 40 years ago today. I knew I was in Norway, on Grandpa’s family farm in Mundal (in LindÃ¥s, not the Mundal in Sogn that former vice-president Mondale came from) and […]

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Norwegian not spoken here

dialect (noun) a particular form of a language that is peculiar to a specific region or social group. accent (noun) 1 a distinctive mode of pronunciation of a language, esp. one associated with a particular nation, locality, or social class. (From my Mac’s built-in dictionary.) My friend Sravana was musing about learning Norwegian. She was […]

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Being fascinated by old stuff – if it’s old enough

My evening outing to Bergen’s cultural history museum to hear a lecture about its collection of mummies and the recent CT-scans taken of two of them, prompted yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday and a reminder about an interest I once had: Archaeology. I don’t get the fascination with antiques. But make whatever the object is old enough […]

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Wordless Wednesday – 3500 years old

Wordless Wednesday More about whose X-rays these are here and here.

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Heavens and hells

It was a dark and stormy night. OK, it was just a fading late afternoon, with dirty slush on the ground, sleet in the air and little wind. But it had been a hellacious day for traffic and was still hellacious for pedestrians. About a foot of wet, sloppy snow piled itself on top of […]

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Wordless Wednesday – St. Mary’s

Wordless Wednesday St. Mary’s (Mariakirken), Bergen’s oldest church

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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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Alexanderplatz

After a delayed lunch (through no fault of our own), we finally arrived in Berlin. It was a long drive into the center of town because Berlin is your typical large metropolitan. We drove by the Berlin Wall, and I tried to make a note of what boulevard we were on. When I finally got […]

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Best meme ever

The most beautiful thing I’ve read lately is this: Rosa sat,so Martin could walk, so Barack could run, so our children could fly. (It seems have first been said on NPR/BBC.)

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Wordless Wednesday – Horoscope of the first black US president

Wordless Wednesday

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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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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 […]