Road trip time!

The north of Norway is a spectacular place to visit. The breathtaking landscapes, rich culture and ancient, to recent history, are waiting to be discovered. Today, I thought I’d share a few beautiful days of our, soon to be, eleven years here. In the next posts, I’ll be sharing some of the wonderful outdoor opportunitiesContinue reading “Road trip time!”

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?”

Check out Those Reindeer Racks!

If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, then you know I’m a big fan of reindeer and I can teach you three ways to say reindeer poop as well as many other exciting reindeer facts. A couple of days ago we had some visitors in our yard and all I can say is “Check out thoseContinue reading “Check out Those Reindeer Racks!”

Saturday + Bare Ground = Family Hiking Day!

There’s a wonderful Norwegian expression:  “Ut på tur, aldri sur.”  It rhymes in Norwegian but sounds a bit clumsy directly translated – “Out on a hike, never grumpy.”  And it’s true in our family.  It may be an ugly scene as we try to get three small children dressed for the outing.  Honestly, putting threeContinue reading “Saturday + Bare Ground = Family Hiking Day!”

What 20,000 Tourists and the Queen Know…

Queen Sonja of Norway was one of 20,000 tourists that traveled to the small fishing village of Kamøyvær last year.  But first she decided to follow in the footsteps of King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway, who, in 1873, climbed the cliff face of the Nordkapp Plateau.  Yepp, that’s a Norwegian Queen for you!  And she’s turning 75 thisContinue reading “What 20,000 Tourists and the Queen Know…”

Three Ways to Say ‘Reindeer Poop’

“Guess what, Mommy?  I know how to say ‘reindeer poop’ in three languages,” my five-year old said, as we strolled down the street, passing a large pile of poo. “Oh really.  Let me hear it,”  I said, wondering what third language she’d recently picked up. “‘Reindeer poop‘ in English, ‘Reinsdyr bæsj’ in Norwegian, and ‘ReinContinue reading “Three Ways to Say ‘Reindeer Poop’”