Europe

A Vineyard in Cinque Terre, Italy

A few hours on the train and we had left the city of Milan behind, through the Italian countryside and arrived in Monterosso – the biggest village in the Cinque Terre. We were greeted by a friend from work’s sister, Melina, who now lives in Monterosso and her in-laws own a vineyard in Cinque Terre, […]

Barcelona in the Summer

For my partner’s birthday I decided I’d take him to Barcelona in the Summer. I love giving holidays as gifts, because I get to go too! Although I live in Oslo and it’s summer there as well, I was excited to feel the heat that only 30 degrees can give you. I hadn’t realised I’d […]

A Snowy Australia Day

In a year of firsts, I hosted an Australia Day BBQ indoors, as it was -17 and snowing outside. But that didn’t stop me putting on a good Aussie spread: sausage rolls, mini party pies, potato salad, coleslaw, sausage sandwiches with grilled onions and for dessert… lamination cake and mini Pavs. Yum! Trying to make […]

Celebrating Norway’s National Day, 17th May

I’ve celebrated Norway’s national day or “syttende mai” (17th May) in Sydney with a few hundred Norwegians before, but in 2013 I celebrated in the capital of Norway with many, many thousands of Norwegians.    Originally I thought Norway’s national day was a type of Independence Day, but it’s actually their Constitution Day. On the […]

Cross-country skiing or should I say falling

There’s a definite change in the air when Easter arrives in Norway. You get the feeling that the long dark winter is over, the sun begins to shine and everyone emerges from their homes to enjoy the outdoors. Time to try cross-country skiing! Although it was a fairly early Easter this year, the sun sure […]

Norwegian Ice Sliding

It’s Spring in Norway and the snow has begun to melt. The temperatures are still below zero during the night and a morning stroll for a foreigner means having to confront the Norwegian ice. I moved to Oslo, Norway in August 2012. An opportunity to live overseas (which happened to be on the top of […]

Cycling Around Amsterdam

As a birthday present I flew to Amsterdam for the weekend (lucky me!). Some friends live there and were kind enough to let us stay in their apartment while they were traveling about. So basically, a really cheap weekend for me. The first thing we did was jump on a bike and start cycling. I […]

London in Winter, it can be warm

I thought I’d share a few photos from a recent trip to London in Winter. A bit of a piggy back trip thanks to my partner’s training course (read: free hotel for me and much better than the EasyHotel I stayed in last time I was in London). I never thought I’d say London in […]

Snowboarding in Norway

What’s the point of spending a winter in Europe if you’re not going to go skiing. There’s a reason I hoofed my snowboard all the way from Australia – I was super excited about my first trip to go snowboarding in Norway. Finally I got the chance to carve up some of that white powdery […]