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Skiing at Grindelwald 

For the winter school holidays (Vinterferie) this year we stayed with friends in their chalet in Grindelwald, Switzerland.  We caught the train from Geneva to Lausanne and spent a few hours … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Under the Dragon: A Journey Through Burma by Rory Maclean

Like most people I knew of the military junta in Burma, of Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest and of the oppression and poverty of the Burmese people. In the … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lovely Lausanne 

Winter school holidays are here again and this year we are skiing in Switzerland. Friends kindly invited us to stay at their chalet and we jumped at the chance to … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Tourists In Trondheim -Ferry to Vanvikan 

During my nephew’s week staying with us we had the opportunity to be tourists in our new home of Trondheim, Norway.  For the first time we caught the ferry across … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tourists in Trondheim – Tram to Lian

During the 1 week that my 23 year old nephew stayed with us in Trondheim we enjoyed being tourists in our new hometown. We caught the tram from the park in Ila up … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tråante 2017 – Sami Jubilee 

I moved to Trondheim, Norway 18 months ago and I am curious about the Sámi indigenous ethnic minority group. In English we usually use the term Lapp but now that … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Roma Café by István Pogány

I have begun to read about the situation of the Roma people in Europe. I’ve been living in Europe for 18 months and I’m curious about the Roma people. Are … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Colonoscopy in Norway 

In my family there is a history of bowel cancer and pre-cancerous polyps. So, I was told that I needed to start having colonoscopies regularly from the age of 40. … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Wintertime Reflections from Trondheim 

This is a mild winter and we all in Trondheim wish for something colder and more snow! Mild winter at this latitude means temperatures hover around zero which leads to … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – The Second Arab Awakening by Marwan Muasher

Pluralism can best be defined as the fundamental commitment to political diversity at all times. It means that no party has a monopoly on the truth and no party can … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a comment