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White misery, wet misery

Today’s schedule was supposed to look like this: 14:23 (That’s 2:23 pm to you 24-hour clock challenged people) Bus leaves for town 14:45 Arrive in town 14:55 Arrive for 3 pm acupuncture session 15:00 Needleless acupuncture 15:55 Acupuncture over 16:00 A bit of shopping 16:25 Bus home 16:50 Arrive home What actually happened was that […]

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Boots and feet

Back in the day when England was less expensive and Norwegians less exposed to the good things in life (like more than one kind of toilet paper), we girls were thrilled to find a Boots store when on the opposite side of the North Sea because that meant stocking up on items not easily available […]

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Wal-Mart in the news in Norway

Before I visited friends and family in the US last summer, I had read a lot about Wal-Mart and its business practices, which made me decide I never wanted to shop there. But when the toilet clogs at 11 pm, and you really have go (and it’s a no. 2), and your host has no […]

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Civilized?

Surrounded by palm trees, dressed in light summer clothes, sporting dark sun glasses in the glaring and hot sunlight of Spain, we were totally enjoying the experience of being tourists. We didn’t know a word Spanish, hardly knew where in the city we were, simply looking for the next store with cheap leather goods and […]

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90 years old and still going strong

It is fitting that a funicular that climbs a very steep hill up to a mountain with a spectacular view is a Capricorn. It is also fitting for a Capricorn that the company that runs it, is the only transportation company in Bergen (if not Norway) that has no debt and wants to expand its […]

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Clumping

In my previous post, I mentioned the antithesis to British queueing: The Norwegian clumping. Norwegians never form a line unless forced to, like at the ATM because they finally got the message about security, or at the grocery store because of the shopping carts. In every other aspect of life, a pedestrian Norwegian will clump. […]

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The girl in the bubble

I live in a very safe place, I’ve come to realize this weekend. I know that the weather bureau warned us of very strong winds, and a full storm at sea, but I haven’t actually noticed any storm. I have spent my weekend so far, immersed in my new toy, enjoying the high speed as […]

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What I’ve learned this summer

Alice has inspired me to do this post, thanks to her own on the same subject. I’ve learned what it’s like to travel by air in the US. The stories about delayed flights were all true. The security checks and necessity of Ziploc baggies also true. However, I must say that, in all the repeated […]

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Just another Tuesday

I see it’s been a whole week since I last posted. Sorry about that. Suffice to say there’s nothing go on in my life, so basically doing nothing and writing nothing, leaves you, my dear reader, with nothing, so you are completely up to date. Isn’t it nice to know you’re caught up in at […]

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Missing summer already

In spite of four weeks off from work, and 22 days away from home, I’m missing summer already. Maybe I’m missing summer here at home. The rain came back in July, a week before I started my vacation, and is still here – now with renewed strength. The forecast suggests autumnal downpours and temperatures, i.e. […]

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Oh! Wow! Awesome!

I’m going through the circa 1000 photos I took on my trip to Alaska, Nevada and California, and I realize that they can’t capture what I felt, looking at wide, unspoiled vistas, or details of human creativity and endeavor: Oh! Wow! Awesome! I will eventually get some photo albums published, but here is a wee […]

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Mindless still-on-vacation meme

Well, it’s mindless for me. I just got home from vacation this afternoon, wiped out from umpteen hours in dry airplanes and too many timezones at once. So I’m doing a bit of laundry, eating noodles, and catching up on all my friends’ blogs since I didn’t read a one while away. And that brings […]

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All the little blessings

All the little blessings add up to one wonderful day. Interestingly, yesterday morning’s affirmation involved seeing and experiencing love in everything. Thank you, God, for the love I experienced. Thank you for: …easily finding everything at the grocery store …the money in my account that let me afford all that food – and a cash […]

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500th post!

This is supposed to be another slacker report, but I’m not really slacking. It’s just that I’m not blogging. So what am I doing that’s not blogging? Here’s a list: Mulling this “tag” from another blogger over in my mind, looking for some way to respond, because I think it’s worth responding to. Downloading podcasts […]

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Food meme – sort of

Paula tagged me, and when I saw what I had been tagged with, I immediately felt at a loss. You see, my relationship with restaurants in Bergen is, well, more or less non-existent for a couple of reasons. First of all, my company has an excellent employee cafeteria and a hot dinner Monday through Thursday. […]