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We are kind of a serial expat family and arrived last July in Oslo, Norway. This is our first spring here and our first Syttende Mai: 17th May, Norway’s Constitution Day, the country’s national day. WOW we loved it! Bunads: Norwegian traditional costumes Unlike July 4th, 14 Juillet (Bastille Day) or Australia Day, you don’t…

Tomorrow is 17th May, Norwegian National Celebration day. It’s also the end of a whole month of crazy partying and several years of preparation for the Russ. If you’ve seen those teenagers in mostly red overall or if your children have come back with red or blue business cards, here…

Hi everyone I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since I last posted on the blog. So much happened in the meantime: I got pneumonia, again, I went to Las Vegas and WordPress release its 4.5 version with major editing and publishing tools improvement! My trip to Las Vegas…

As mentioned in a previous post, it’s not that easy to find places to eat at lunch as most restaurants only open for dinner, from 3pm. For us, lunch is much more convenient as we can bring the kids along on week-ends and it allows me catch up with friends and…

Why did we chose Austria for our winter holidays? Last year we discovered the amazing concept of Kinderhotels where you can leave your children with the Kids club for up to 12 hours a day so that you and your partner can go skiing, enjoy the sauna, steam bath, pool and…

After our massive fail at Trancher we were still on a mission to find the best steak in Oslo. Grilled, chargrilled that is. As my mother in law in in town, we organised a date night with hubby and he made a booking at St Lars. And so far I can confidently…

Healthcare is free but the wait is long, healthcare in not free, there’s no insurance covering private healthcare etc… I heard lots of confusing things about the medical system in Norway. So here is my own experience going to the doctor in Oslo. Please note, all three appointments I took were…

A friend of mine just asked what are the Zürich must do or what she should absolutely experience over a short 12 hour stay. I now realise that only one of the 6 thing I recommend has been written about on my blog. So I’m going to fix that and…

It’s -16 degrees today. It’s a first for me and my family: we never experienced colder weather. As we speak, my new winter widget on the right hand side of this post ->>>>> (or down the page if you’re on a mobile device) indicates it’s -18 degrees! Celsius, of course!…

Happy New Year everyone! I wish you a wonderful 2016 with excellent health for you and your whole extended family, lots of joy and laughter as well as personal and professional success. How did I start the year? EATING LOTS and enjoying the beautiful sunny weather of Sydney Australia, way…