Traveling Bookworms

Traveling Bookworms

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in General Travel, India, Norway, Rwanda, Turkey | One Comment

I adore books. One of my favorite things in the whole world to do is to spend an afternoon in a bookshop, leafing through the pages and breathing in their smell. (Side note: this is why I find the rise of e-books to be so distressing. When was the last time anyone felt more relaxed […]

Why We Have to Leave Europe (in a Month)

Why We Have to Leave Europe (in a Month)

We have to leave Europe by October 14, and we can’t come back until November 21. It’s sad. Some folks back home are confused by this, so at their suggestion I thought I would explain what the deal is. Even though I lived in Spain for two years, I never knew about this, so hopefully […]

News from Norway

News from Norway

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in Norway | One Comment

I was watching Al-Jazeera in a hotel room in Moshi, Tanzania when the breaking news came in – an explosion in downtown Oslo. My heart sank. It appeared that a place we had just visited, and loved, and felt safe in, was no more protected from modern-day violence than anywhere else. As the tragic news […]

Of Fjords and Family Trees

Of Fjords and Family Trees

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in General Travel, Norway | 2 Comments

Having spent a few days in Oslo, we decided to head to western Norway, the land of many of the famous fjords as well as the region that my Norwegian ancestors called home. The train ride from Oslo to Bergen was a spectacular trip that took us across the country and through several mountain passes. […]

Yah, We Know How to Run a Country, Yah!

Yah, We Know How to Run a Country, Yah!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2011 in General Travel, Norway | 6 Comments

It would be impossible to describe Norway without using words like “efficient”, “infrastructure”, “public transit”, or “common sense”. From the moment we landed at Oslo’s gleaming international airport, we were amazed by how well everything seemed to work in Norway. To take the train from the airport to Oslo S, the Oslo Sentrum train station, […]