12 Days of Christmas #1: ‘Zat You, Santa Claus?

With 12 days to go until Christmas, I’m still not feeling particularly festive.  I’ve yet to put any decorations, gifts for family and friends still only exist on a list written on a scrap of paper, and today was a grey, rainy day.  I’ve been quite preoccupied, with a job interview this morning, and only now, sitting with a glass of wine in front of the television, that I’ve realised just how close it is!  So over the next 12 days, I thought I’d find out what people in other parts of the world do at Christmas time, whilst I catch up with my preparations. Continue reading


The Kon-Tiki Expedition

Kon Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft by Thor Heyerdahl. 

Only a year or so after the end of WWII five Norwegians, a Swede and a Spanish-speaking parrot of irritable disposition put their sense of adventure ahead of their sense of safety, and set out on one of the most audacious expeditions of modern times. Continue reading

A letter to the Norwegian Tourism Ministry (Draft)

Dear Minister for Tourism,

Hei! (See how I demonstrate my mastery of the Norwegian language, oh yes!) I’ve recently returned from a wonderful week in Finnmark region, exploring the rugged coastline and wild tundra, meeting the welcoming local people, and experiencing the otherworldliness of the midnight sun.


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