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Look back on our first year in Oslo Our family arrived in Oslo in Summer 2015. Here is why we moved to Norway, after 11 years spent in Sydney Australia and 11 months in Zurich, Switzerland. We just got over our second winter in the Nordic capital and here are some…

First time we discovered Sognsvann lake was last year in August. We could swim, pick up berries, have a picnic. This winter we came back and it looks completely different. The lake is totally frozen, children and adults ice skate or play ice hockey on the lake. Many parents also…

No need to wait for 21st December for winter to come. This year snow, cold and darkness came early. Temperature dropped early November. It started snowing whilst the leaves had still not all fallen off their trees yet. Last year, snow only started falling in December. Winter started early in November with subzero (Celsius) temperatures…

It’s now affordable to fly Oslo to Los Angeles Early in 2016, Norwegian Airlines launched very affordable direct flights between Oslo and Los Angeles, so as soon as we know the school holidays dates for their October break, we made our booking. Oslo to LA return flight €400 cost us per person….

My youngest son was 4 years old when arrived at the French school in Oslo last August. In his class most children have a Norwegian parents. Most children have been to the Norwegian barnehage (daycare) between 1 and 3 years old and speak Norwegian all day when playing together. That’s how…

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…

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…

What’s the weather like in Oslo in November? People here in Oslo are very friendly. Locals and expats alike always ask how I’m settling in. When I tell them it’s been great they all say: “Wait until the winter comes”. It’s totally Games of Thrones here and we’re in that…

Last year we came back to Europe and found a bowling place near our home in Zurich with a great birthday package including 2 hours on a lane with “pillows” in the gutters, a cake and cordial drink. Our son loved it so much we did it again this year….

Read the full article here   Massive credit to my friend Christine Knight Thomas, a talented writer who guest starred and shared about her career change in this blog last year. How did it come about? We met last decade through common blogger friends, in particular Beverly who I worked with…