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Book Reflections – Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

Wilfred Thesiger was a hard man! I first read an encounter with him by Eric Newby in A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. Thesiger was determined to explore more of the … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Lure of the North 

The Lure of the North is a compilation of three essays written by British travellers in mid nineteenth century.  The 19th-century boom in mass tourism, fuelled by the introduction of … Continue reading

April 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek

It’s been a few years since I enjoyed the unique pleasure of Central European absurdity. Hašek certainly knew how to write in an absurd and funny way. In The Good … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Sámi People; A Handbook by John Trygve Solbakk 

I’ve wanted to learn about the Sámi people of Norway and this book provided all of the information about the history that I wished to know. It starts in the … Continue reading

April 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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 · 2 Comments

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 · 3 Comments