I am shedding my autumnal coat

Fall is here, and I find myself behaving very autumnal in more ways than one. Like a tall, graceful tree shedding it’s beautifully crafted red-golden leaves, I too am letting go of some things. I find that I am dropping habits I’ve held on to for seasons and a lifetime, and thought patterns that I feel have kept me stagnant in one way or another. I am taking on a form that I can’t call entirely new, because this is who I’ve always been, albeit sometimes not expressed. In some ways I have been this version of me at one…

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How to spend a weekend in Brussels

How to spend a weekend in Brussels

Brussels is the ultimate city break, and in spite of all the buzz and activity that comes with the city hustle and bustle, it was a great, relaxing experience. Usually, when I go some place new, I’m pressed about making sure I tick off all the sights I feel I must see, and try to get in as much exploring as possible. I never want to spend anymore time in the hotel room than I need to, it feels like wasted time! Well, not this time. My philosophy was different this time round: we’ve spent a lot of money on…

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The winter survival beauty toolkit

The winter survival beauty toolkit

I am entirely convinced that winter is a season better suited to polar bears than to human beings. Granted, before I moved to Norway I never gave much thought to what it takes to get through minus degree weather but let's just say that I have given a lot of mental and pocket real estate to this subject over the past couple of years. So here is my winter survival guide, a toolkit to help you survive those long harsh winters, with some of my specific recommendations.

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Travel Essentials – Things I am not going anywhere without

Travel Essentials – Things I am not going anywhere without

It is not vain to want to look your best. I actually think it is important for my overall health to look good. I’m half joking when I say this but it is also true. When you look good, you feel good. And that is great for your overall well-being. Taking care of self begets good health, begets looking good and suddenly, hello gorgeous! So it goes without saying that my travel essentials are things I need to look and feel good. Here is a list of things that hit the suitcase first when I pack for any trip. My…

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Lillehammer

Lillehammer

Lillehammer hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics and the town is never going to let anybody forget that. On this trip, I got to try out my ski legs yet again.

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Behind every successful man is a woman

Behind every successful man is a woman

  So they like to say … What is she doing there? How did she get there? Why is she behind? Did she choose to be there, Or is he stealing her light? Is he stealing her thunder, Did she volunteer for the back? Would she rather be kingmaker, Than bask as king? Does he share the glory, Or does he hoard it all? How long will she be there? Is she thriving too? Did she have to bury her dreams Contend with standing in the shadow? Is she complete?   On my mind today Tomorrow is 14th February but…

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A brief trip to Oslo

A brief trip to Oslo

I’m always happy to see snow! 🌨🌺 As long as I’m warm, that is. I was about to say this was the first time I went to Oslo by myself, then I remembered I did take a work trip there in August last year. It was a 24 hour’s in-and-out trip, but I get better at navigating the public transport each time. The trains, the tram, the bus, the apps – I am quite proud of myself. When I’ve been there with Ian, I’ve been more than happy to have him take care of the navigation. He is the native, after…

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A safari in Murchison Falls National Park

A safari in Murchison Falls National Park

There’s nothing like being out there in the wild with these incredibly graceful creatures!   We went for a morning safari drive at dawn and another drive in the late afternoon when we got a chance to get out of the car and get up close and personal-and somewhat slightly terrified-cause giraffes have got very strong hind legs, so you don’t wanna mess! But it all went well. They were as curious as we were, moving farther away as we approached, but not too far, and turning around to have a look at us, these strange beings trailing them.  …

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Birgu Fest – A Candlelight Festival in Vittoriosa

Birgu Fest – A Candlelight Festival in Vittoriosa

    Birgu, also called Vittoriosa, is one of Malta’s oldest cities. It is one of the “Three Cities”: Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua. What is Birgu Fest about? The festival was originally held to showcase Vittoriosa’s historical architecture. It was later renamed to Birgu Fest and includes a concert, reduced museum prices, mini cruises, screenings, and food stalls. The highlight of Birgu Fest is that the whole city is lit up with candles. The city dwellers turn out the lights in their homes, and light hundreds of candles both inside and outside their homes. If you happen to be in…

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Life in a new language – learning Norwegian 

Life in a new language – learning Norwegian 

Today I’m exactly midway through my Norwegian language classes. It has felt like home in Norway since March, but learning Norwegian makes it feel more like home even more each week. The language class teacher is nice, kind and patient, and altogether we represent 9 countries. We all are like toddlers learning to walk, our shaky Norwegian sentences thick with our native accents as we try to adopt Norwegian inflections. Every shaky sentence is a step towards a confident new life in a new language. We all can’t wait to be fluent! There were so many sunny days this past…

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