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Monthly Archives: September, 2016

Book Reflections – Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

I bought Lauren Groff’s new novel Fates and Furies from Trondheim airport on my way to Kuwait. It’s quite a long book but also a long journey so the book … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna

The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna tells the story of life in a Croatian village before, during and after the violent war that broke Yugoslavia apart. I’ve recorded my reflections on … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Book Reflections – The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

Book sequels aren’t always rewarding but I enjoyed the character of Don Tillman in The Rosie Project so much that I wanted to read about what he was getting up to in … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Trondheim culture night (kulturnatt)

Last Friday, 16th September, was culture night (kulturnatt) in Trondheim, Norway. My husband and I hiked during the day, hurried home to shower and have lunch, picked up our kids … Continue reading

September 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Autumn walking in Trondheim 

My husband and I continue to walk on my Friday off work every week. It gives us time to talk, think and reconnect. We live in Trondheim, Norway without a … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Guest Post: Reflections on ‘The Tartar Steppe’ by Dino Buzzati

The obscurity of Dino Buzzati’s writing in English-speaking countries is one of the small mysteries of modern literature. Book Critic Tim Martin, The Telegraph. As the ‘trailing man’, only intermittently … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel 

If you haven’t read Life of Pi by Yann Martel you have at a minimum heard of it or watched the film, right? That was a great book, full of … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · 6 Comments

Book Reflections – The Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux wrote The Pillars of Hercules – A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean in 1995 after spending about 12 months travelling from Gibraltar, Spain to Tangier, Morocco, the long … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

Rypetoppen Adventurepark

Rypetoppen Adventurepark is in Meråker, Norway on the E14, towards Storlien, Sweden. I took my two children (7 and 9 years) there on Sunday 4th September. My son is 1.25m tall so he … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · 3 Comments