Five destinations I’d like to revisit

Some travellers like to check places off a list and never return. I actually love returning to places that I've been before: it's interesting to see what has changed, to compare it to my memories, to catch up with people I met there. I also love visiting brand new places, of course - that's how … [Read more...]

How to pick meaningful souvenirs OR getting coffee mugs from Norwegians

When I was a kid, I was pretty addicted to bringing back cool souvenirs from any new countries I visited. I've still got quite a few of them, and now that I'm living somewhere for longer than a year or two, I've got them sitting on shelves above my desk so I can enjoy them when I'm working. But … [Read more...]

Norwegian ferry dinners … nearly 30 years later!

What pops into your head when you think of Norway? Quite aside from the thrill of seeing houses with grass roofs - probably my number one memory of my childhood experiences in Norway - I recall spending a lot of time travelling on ferries. Fortunately, I enjoyed travelling on ferries (and still do, … [Read more...]

Norway really IS cool, but so is Australia

So it seems that for once I'm a day ahead of the news instead of a day behind. Did I not in fact say, just yesterday, that Norway was cool? (Note that I am not cool, and don't even know my reindeer from my elk, but Norway most definitely IS cool). You see, the United Nations agrees with me. … [Read more...]

25 years ago in Europe: Why Norway is cool

Ah, Norway. Twenty-five years ago I hadn't heard Monty Python's sketch about the Norwegian Blue parrot who was "pining for the fjords", so I came to Norway with no preconceptions at all. But I loved it. And who wouldn't? What nine-year-old Australian kid wouldn't think this animal wasn't cool (my … [Read more...]