The top reasons why Norwegian ice is my biggest foe

Nothing says “spring is coming to Norway” like the melting of snow. Unfortunately that is then followed by cold nights that transform the melted snow into treacherous sheets of ice.

That might sound a bit dramatic, but bear with me. In my less-than-two years of living in Norway the ice has been my longstanding foe. The results of our battles range from embarrassing encounters to broken bones.

Don’t let the pretty view fool you. This is White Walker Hill covered in powder, when it’s blanketed

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Green Day: An Rx for exhaustion over American politics

Living in Norway and watching the political unrest at home in America gets disheartening.

The 24 million or so people who could soon lose their health care, the horrible environmental ramifications to come under the defunding of the EPA, the assault on The Fourth Estate, the strengthening of hate groups, the list goes on and on.

At Oslo Spektrum.

A lot of us have had to take a timeout from these conflicts. This allows us to take a moment to recharge and then plug back … Read more ...

Wordless Wednesday: Looking back on the Oslo march on International Women’s Day

During January’s Women’s March, these two joined hundreds of others in front of Stortinget, the parliament building in Oslo.

 

When there’s protests in Norway, demonstrators often have lighted torches as part of a longstanding tradition. It’s said to symbolize raising awareness, shining light on the issue at hand.

 

In front of Stortinget.

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Top 5 (ish) things I love about Norway

We moved to Norway a year and a half ago and though it’s taken awhile to get our sea legs, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve been writing this piece for some time, but it’s been hard to whittle my list down to five. So here’s five-ish things I love about our new home country.

1. Community

I’ve never experienced such a strong sense of community like I have here. Yes Chicago is known as a city of neighborhoods, but it’s nothing like this. While Read more ...

Top 5 things I miss about America

I recently went home to my beloved Chicago to celebrate my birthday and was immediately reminded of all that I missed about America.

Sweet home, Chicago. (Photo by JH)

I had a few free hours after sleeping off my jet lag and instead of exploring my city, getting a manipedi, or catching up with friends, I spent it sitting at Starbucks, writing and watching. Honestly, I couldn’t have been happier. Everyone around me was speaking English (and American English at that!) I had small talk Read more ...