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 […]

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 […]

Bucket List #54: Enjoy a White Christmas

In 2012, I spent my first European Christmas in Trondheim, Norway with my partner’s family. The average temperature in December is about -6 degrees – perfect for snow. This was going to be my first white Christmas. When we arrived at his family home just before Christmas. The countryside was covered in white snow, but alas, […]

My First Friends to Visit Me in Oslo

Two great friends of mine arrived to visit me in Oslo. Days before, the city was covered in snow. However the constant rain had washed it all away, leaving just wet ground and temperatures around 3 degrees. Not letting a bit of rain get to us, we woke up, had a typical Norwegian-style breakfast of […]

First Week in Oslo

The number one item on my bucket list is to live overseas. Well, in August 2012 I moved to Oslo. This is a look at my first week in Oslo. I must of kept the travel gods happy this time round, because both myself and my bags made it to Oslo. On time. No delays. […]

First day of summer in Oslo at Musikkfest

It was the first of June, the day Oslo hosts Musikkfest. The sun was shining and even better, the temperature got above 20 degrees, which, as an Aussie living in Oslo, I was really happy about. I didn’t realise how much I had missed the warmth of the sun. What better way to enjoy the […]