Inspiring Street Art – Walls of Women

“For centuries, many stories of ground-breaking women scientists, explorers, artists and the like have been overlooked. In Tromsø, Norway, there is not a single sculpture portraying a known woman. WOW Tromsø is committed to telling their stories by making their murals.” – Liv Ragnhild Kjellman, founder of Walls of Women This mural of Wanny WoldstadContinue reading “Inspiring Street Art – Walls of Women”

Look Up! – Chris Reddy Street Art

In “Look Down, Not Up – Tiny Street Art”, I focused on a minuscule detail of Chris Reddy`s work. I admit this was a bit misleading, as his art is far from small. This mural spans the length of a large building in downtown Tromsø. On his website, he explains that he likes to paintContinue reading “Look Up! – Chris Reddy Street Art”

Look Down, Not Up – Tiny Street Art

I have walked through this narrow passageway countless times, and I have to admit that I have never stopped to study this gigantic graffiti wall, created by Chris Reddy. But thanks to my quest to study the street art of Tromsø, I discovered a delightful surprise hidden in the middle of walkway. I want toContinue reading “Look Down, Not Up – Tiny Street Art”

When Street Art Makes You Smile – Martin Whatson

I love this piece by artist, Martin Whatson. Martin, born in 1984, grew up in Olso, Norway, and is one of the country’s leading street artists. His recognisable style, combining abstract movements with figurative stencilled compositions, is eye-catching, whimsical and fun. What lies behind the the facades of gray? What colorful realms are waiting toContinue reading “When Street Art Makes You Smile – Martin Whatson”

Tour Street Art of Tromsø – 85 year old Marit Bockelie

I am an artist at Once Upon a Dream Studio. So when I walk around Tromsø, I cannot help but be inspired by the local street art. And I’ve been surprised and delighted by the vast range of styles and subject matter. From historical, cultural and beautiful to disturbing and provoking. Each piece has aContinue reading “Tour Street Art of Tromsø – 85 year old Marit Bockelie”

North of the North Cape

Yesterday I received one of the best comments to date, on a blog I wrote about Knivskjellodden: “This blog post was my inspiration to actually go to Knivskjellodden myself last week. See my winter expedition blog report here: http://travelsinorbit.com/2014/04/01/north-of-the-north-cape/. Thank you for your great information about this wonderful place Erica!” Please read Remco’s account ofContinue reading “North of the North Cape”

Can you give me away to a Sami family?

“Mommy, I want to be a Sami,” was my six-year old daughter’s wish last week at the dinner table. “Honey, I’m sorry, but you can’t be. I’m American and Pappa’s Norwegian.” “Can you give me away then… to a Sami family?” “Umm, no. But you can learn the language and we can look for someContinue reading “Can you give me away to a Sami family?”

Oscar Danielson – A Delightful Concert in the North Cape

If you’re planning a trip to the North Cape it’s worth checking out the local restaurants, pubs and cafes to see if live entertainment is on the agenda.  The Corner Restaurant, Nøden Pub, Z dance club, and Perleporten Kulturhus feature local artists as well other Norwegian and international musicians.  The annual The North Cape Festival in the middle of JuneContinue reading “Oscar Danielson – A Delightful Concert in the North Cape”

A Biker with a Cause: Julian Davies in the North Cape

On July 10th, Once Upon a Dream Gallery and Gift Shop had a drawing for my book, A North Cape Winter:  71 Degrees North of the Equator. I was delighted when I saw the winning name:  Jackie Davies.  Although I’ve never met her in person, I’ve had a privilege of meeting her husband, Jules.  If itContinue reading “A Biker with a Cause: Julian Davies in the North Cape”

Childhood Friends on an Expedition of a Lifetime: 2,500 Kilometer Ski Trip!

Some days are worth remembering, reflecting over, and sharing with others.  For me, May 20, 2012, is one of those rare moments in time.  I had the privilege of witnessing two very determined, weather-worn and humble men, accompanied by their faithful Greenland Husky, finish a journey of a lifetime.  After four-and-a-half months on skis (andContinue reading “Childhood Friends on an Expedition of a Lifetime: 2,500 Kilometer Ski Trip!”