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Book Reflections – Roma and Gypsy-Travellers in Europe by Angus Bancroft

You may be wondering why an Australian is interested in Roma people. Like many others I look with confusion at the Romani beggars in Trondheim who sit outside begging in … Continue reading

March 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Spring equinox in Trondheim, Norway

Spring has brought mixed climatic conditions to Trondheim, from -9C and icy but sunny to abundant snow to rain and 8C. Light has returned and with it shorter trousers, thin … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – A History of Norway by Ivar Libæk and Øivind Stenersen

I’m living in Trondheim, Norway on a 2 year expat assignment with my family. We moved here from Australia and I knew very little about Norway before we arrived in … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

You shall not think you are anybody special – reflections on “Janteloven”

For non-Scandinavians, and perhaps even many Norwegians, the Nordic “laws of Jante” (Janteloven in Norwegian) seem very confronting. Understanding what these “laws” really mean, and what relevance they have to … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

A glimpse of Zurich 

For our winter school holidays ski trip to Switzerland we flew into Geneva and out of Zurich. This gave us the opportunity to see a little bit of a French-speaking … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 4 Comments