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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 · Leave a 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

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

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 · 1 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 · 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

Book Reflections – Northern Najd a Journey from Jerusalem to Anaiza in Quasim by Carlo Guarmani

I read this interesting account of a journey from Palestine to Saudi Arabia as an ebook. I’ve made many trips to Saudi Arabia myself but as you can imagine, my movement is … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Book Reflections – Life After Life by Kate Atkinson 

I really like Kate Atkinson’s writing style. In Life After Life we follow the life and death of Ursula Todd again and again and again as Atkinson explores different possible … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Misadventure in the Middle East by Henry Hemming

For several years now I have been reading to the theme of the Middle East and making regular trips of my own to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, UAE, and Qatar. I … Continue reading

January 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Syria, The Desert & The Sown by Gertrude Bell 

After finding so much pleasure in reading Gertrude Bell’s book Amarath to Amarath I moved on to Syria – The Desert and the Sown with great expectations (downloaded for free from this site … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 4 Comments