Monthly Archives: December 2011

Pepperkakebyen

December is Christmas season.  It’s the time when the now dark cities and towns of Norway become lit up with gorgeous sparkling decorations. Butter or no butter, traditions remain firmly rooted in place.   And, one of those traditions is the … Continue reading

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European Crisis

Norway produces all of its own dairy: milk, cheese, and butter. Much like New Zealand, the dairy industry here is tightly regulated, and controlled by a monolith, Tine AS. And, as in New Zealand, while it’s technically possible for farmers … Continue reading

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First Ski

After some beautiful winter days, we decided to embrace our Norwegian lifestyle and give this skiing business a go. Now I do have some basic skiing experience back from my school days.  I learned to stand on them, and how … Continue reading

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Ice cat

Walking to work has suddenly become a new challenge.  So far, so good.  

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Taxi Taxi

After ongoing speculation about Brian’s tax rate, we decided a graph was in order. So, with a couple of home-brew beers and some salted nuts we settled into the couch.   Brian fired up excel, and I started preparing some data … Continue reading

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Clockwork

Walking home from Norway class last night, we began our ritualistic verbal duet discussing the weather. “Jesus! It’s cold!” “No, it’s not. It’s going to get much colder yet.” “I’m verging on hypothermia!” “No you’re not.  We’ve had colder mornings … Continue reading

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