I recently recorded an interview for The Master Pods. The sustainability podcast is hosted by Rachael Gradeen, Olivier Rostang, and Laura Meßner. Guests in their first season were fellow students in the Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development at Uppsala University / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The podcast isContinue reading “What IS sustainability?”
Thanks to my best editor and influencer, my curriculum vitae (CV) / résumé has completely changed in appearance. Instead of using words to describe my work history, I use images that show my skills and career path. My CV has morphed enough in the last two decades that IContinue reading “Metamorphosis”
One year ago, my husband and I briefly lived in our current house. We had given away most of our earthly possessions, moved from the Oslo area, and started a road trip through Norway as we figured out what was next for us. We spent a week in FolldalContinue reading “A time to reflect”
The rhythm of life on a tilted, spherical planet swings once again toward longer days here in the northern hemisphere. The sun now rises high enough to cast long rays of light into my office. A bright winter day is a great reason for me to be thankful. TheContinue reading “The rising sun”
I’ve been interested in photography ever since I was gifted a camera as a child. Back then, you used this thing called 35 mm photographic film. One had to be careful and keep the film away from sunlight. The film came in canisters that you loaded into your camera. YouContinue reading “Growing with the times”
Jake Parker started Inktober as a challenge to himself in 2009. Today the Inktober team creates a daily drawing prompt for the month of October and thousands of artists participate. I thought it was a cool concept, but I was a photographer, not an inking artist. I had talented friends whoContinue reading “Following my heart”
Autumn colours are showing themselves here in mid-Norway. Night is slowly taking a larger share in a 24-hour cycle. The night-time low temperatures creep toward freezing. But the days still bring blue skies and swiftly moving clouds – the stuff of everyday adventures – and we’ve got sturdy boots and a cozyContinue reading “The times, they are a changin’”
I enjoy learning from other creative people. The latest advice that I’m taking to heart: Create art that makes me happy. This has been a season of learning. I started a newsletter, added new external shops for merchandise, and finally took the leap into a new website. I’ve beenContinue reading “Creating joy”
My everyday life was going to change this year. I knew that at the end of January. My family had already decided to move from the Oslo area. We didn’t know where we were going, so we decided to take some time off and travel around Norway. / HverdagenContinue reading “Some things I’ve learned”
Seeing the world through new eyes It finally happened: I travelled to Nepal with my husband. Our dear friend Rabi had invited us many times to his home country, but life somehow kept getting in the way. But this October, we finally found our way to the place withContinue reading “On top of the world”
I recently read through my old blogs and thought about what’s changed in the last four years. That’s how long I’ve lived in Norway, and I’m still learning and laughing. / Jeg nylig leste gjennom de gamle bloggene og tenkte på alt som har endret seg de siste fireContinue reading “Looking back / Ser tilbake”
Det er sommer, nyt livet utendørs My, how time flies Hmm, it was winter the last time I wrote… Since then, the days have grown much longer and already begin to grow shorter again. Trees have flowered (loads! – the worst pollen allergies I’ve experienced), family and friends haveContinue reading “It’s summer, get outside!”
You might not know it by looking out the window, but it hasn’t been a proper winter around here. There is a decent amount of snow on the ground, but our Norwegian winter adventures have been regularly interrupted by rain. Normally I’d have a pile of winter landscapes inContinue reading “Wishy-washy winter”
The change from November to December was a big one this year because I swapped high summer for the first snow of the season. The bonus of visiting family in the southern hemisphere when you live in the northern one. The purpose of trading grey winter for sunny summerContinue reading “Winter Wonderland”
Mountains and reindeer and sun, oh my Wow, it’s been a while. Here’s a long-overdue update. August is a fine time for a holiday because you have the paths to yourself. Tromsø is a pretty city and the mountains around it are an excellent playground. TJ ran in theContinue reading “Above the Earth”
Approaching Rondvassbu hytte in Rondane National Park It’s been a very dry and sunny summer in Norway, which means a struggle for farmers but enjoyable outdoors adventures for the rest of us. The first weekend of summer mountain getaways began with torrential rain and ended with three days ofContinue reading “A Different Pace”
At the train station in Kløfta, Norway I jumped into a new world this summer when I said yes to a retail job. Each day teaches me something, and I want to share an interaction from this past week. A customer asked me the price for an item, andContinue reading “Life is all about learning”
Time to break out the sunscreen It’s Eastertime in southern Norway and winter’s coldness is giving way to spring sunshine. The nights are still below freezing but the bright daytime sun is working hard. The snow on the side of the road may be grey and crusty but inContinue reading “Sunny everywhere”
Bambi: Hey mama, what’s all that white stuff? Mama: It’s snow. Winter has come to the forest. When it really snows In our little town northeast of Oslo, we have 125-180 cm (50-70 inches) of snow (info courtesy of Skiforeningen). This is great news – I am a product of theContinue reading “Let It Snow!”
I am a little late in the game, but I went for it anyway. Someone you know needs a wall calendar – why not buy one of mine? I still didn’t have one and that was enough reason to start creating. With friends and family on both sides ofContinue reading “New Year, New Creativity”
The world is a pretty big place, but I get pretty good opportunities to explore it. I am blessed with a husband who likes to adventure, and we have friends and family who live in beautiful places. The next stop on the adventure list is Lesotho. For those ofContinue reading “Next mountain kingdom”
Three-hundred and eighty-five kilometers over rivers and bogs and mountains, oh my. My intrepid husband and I hiked north through Norway from Ringebu toward Kristiansund for three weeks in July. We slept in our trusty tent two weeks and overnighted in DNT cabins the other seven days, when weContinue reading “Wilderness hiking”
… Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost Getting outdoors in Norway is very easy. There are walking and bicycling paths in the city. There so many marked hiking trails inContinue reading “The Road Less Travelled”
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