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Munch at Oslo airport

Are you familiar with the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch? You will at least have seen his work Skrik (Scream) in one of its many forms, if not as a painting, perhaps as a punching bag? A year ago, one of four original versions of the world-famous painting was sold at Sotheby’s for a record 119.9 [...]

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A Perfect Day in Oslo

Today, I’m joining the 100 cities to homeswap before you die-initiative and I’ll let you in on how to spend a perfect day in Oslo. (For more information on the project, click on the link at the end of the article.) It’s not easy. That’s not because there’s a shortage of things to enjoy, quite [...]

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Winter family fun in Oslo

Want to get the kids away from the screens and out in the fresh air? Here are a few tips for some family-fun in the snow in the Norwegian capital. Nature is all around you here: the Oslo fjord and its islands, forests, lakes and parks – and the locals enthusiastically enjoy it all. Perhaps [...]

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River Music and Water Spirits

This week, I thought I’d tell you about a very cool sound sculpture in our homebase in Drammen, Norway. Let’s explore the river music. The River Harp The large pedestrian bridge Ypsilon is a Drammen landmark. Next to Ypsilon is the River Harp, a sound sculpture comprising two large silver balls, one on either side of the [...]

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The streets of Oslo are filled with love

Terrorism. In Oslo, one of the safest cities in the world. A month ago, the worst tragedy since World War II hit Norway. A mad man, a terrorist, set off a bomb near the Prime Minister’s office, killing 8. He then travelled to the island of Utøya and murdered 69 more. This afternoon, the victims [...]

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17 May – Hip hip hooray!

For a secular country, Norway observes many religious holidays (and by “observe”, I mean get days off work). Spring is full of holidays – religious and otherwise, including 1 May (international labour day), Ascension Day and Whit Monday. But the most important of all is 17 May. Nebbdyret Bigger than Christmas, New Year and your [...]

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Oslo, the open-minded city

A quick detour to Oslo today, dear readers. I’m taking a break from the Middle East for a bit to do a post closer to home for the cool World Reviewer. No worries, I’ll return to the exciting Arabian world shortly, with posts on Egypt, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait. And maybe Qatar. But for now, [...]

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