Archive for 2007

Canary Islands Cruise – Barcelona

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

On Sunday, we got back to Oslo from our two-week vacation and cruise to the Canary Islands.  We booked this ages ago when Anne and Johnny (our Australian friends from the Asia cruise last year) decided they’d come to Europe to see Anne’s Danish relatives.  We ended up picking an 11-night cruise on Royal Caribbean’s […]

Snow Therapy

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

This has been a brutal few weeks.  With our release schedule nearing its end and our Canary Islands cruise coming up, I have a lot of work that I need to get done before we leave.  I’ve been working too long and too hard, and I’ve managed to make myself pretty sick.  It’s just a […]


Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

It’s definitely starting to feel wintery here in Oslo.  Not so much because of the temperatures, although it hasn’t been much above freezing for a few days now.  I think it has more to do with the waning daylight, the streams and puddles freezing over, and there was a tiny dusting from a light snow […]

Julebrus, the Christmas Soda

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

You know how all the Christmas merchandise in the US comes into the stores in early October (if not sooner)?  Well, it’s the same way here in Norway.  Over the past month, the supermarket has stocking up on all manner of Christmas goodies from big boxes of cookies (a welcome addition, since the normal cookie […]

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and one of the hardest parts of living outside of the United States is that Halloween just isn’t such a big deal in other places.  Granted, it’s a ridiculously silly holiday, but that’s what I like about it!  For Halloween, there’s no such thing as “over the top,” and the […]

Norway from Above

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

I was in London last week for a conference with work, and on the trip back, I made Torbjørn give me the window seat.  We were flying out of London City Airport, which was rather interesting because you fly very low over London (perhaps to stay out of the higher airspace used by Heathrow and Gatwick?) […]

London – Tower Bridge

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

During our company’s London conference, they ran out of space at the Four Seasons, so we developers got bumped over to the Tower Hotel.  We may not have been in the middle of the conference activity, but the view wasn’t bad!  And it was a quick trip back to Canary Wharf on the water taxi.  I […]

My Battle Against Spam

Friday, October 12th, 2007

My talented beta tester Redfish has just informed me that my oh-so-wonderful verification gadget on the comment form was keeping her from replying to my oh-so-witty blog posts.  I wondered why I hadn’t been getting any comments lately.  I knew it couldn’t be because my friends and family didn’t find my brilliant posts worth commenting […]

Norwegian National Healthcare, Take 2

Monday, October 8th, 2007

This post is long overdue, but I guess it’s given me some time to reflect.  And to calm down! The week after I got back from Paris, I finally had my appointment with the ear specialist in the National Healthcare system.  I don’t think he sees many foreigners who haven’t been around long enough to […]

Little things: Chocolate-Covered Licorice

Friday, September 28th, 2007

This is another one of those Norwegian things that I just don’t get.  I like chocolate.  I like licorice.  But these two sweets do not play well together.  Actually, I’ve yet to meet anyone, Norwegian or otherwise, who enjoys this combination!  However, the stores keep selling it, so these people must be out there somewhere! There […]