All posts by Kimberly Singleton

I'm a storyteller, museum exhibit developer, and now an American expat living in Norway. Since I'm a southern girl at heart, I'm sure I'll have some interesting tales to tell about adapting to my new climate and culture, so feel free to follow along at "A Newbie in Norway."

Malta: Edibles, Art, and Getting Around Town

One last post about Malta.  I can’t leave the islands without talking about their unique cuisine and incredible art.  Plus I thought I’d address some practicalities, too:  how to get around the islands and where to stay.  Just a little bit left to cover, but I’m gonna let the photos do most of the talking, so get ready to feast your eyes. Continue reading Malta: Edibles, Art, and Getting Around Town

Malta: The Great Outdoors

A natural arch, the Azure Window (which disintegrated earlier this year) hosted the wedding of Daenerys and Drogo. “Game of Thrones” has shot so much footage in Malta that you can even take a GOT bus tour of all the sites.

April 24, 2017.  For the nature lovers in the crowd, today I’ll be focusing on Malta’s alfresco options.  The place is made for hiking, biking, swimming — and movie making.  Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably seen some of the islands’ most stunning settings courtesy of ads, television, and films like TroyThe DaVinci CodeCaptain Phillips, Gladiator, and too many to mention here. Continue reading Malta: The Great Outdoors

Malta: Prehistoric Temples & Pagan Catacombs

April 23, 2017.  As promised, the theme for today’s memories of Malta is prehistoric peoples and pagans.  Now before you begin yawning on me, I guarantee that the photos and stories of Malta’s catacombs and megalithic temples (think Stonehenge on steroids) will rock your world, bad pun intended.  Jaw-dropping is the only way to describe them.  And I bet that by the end of this post, you’ll be booking your next vacay to see this stuff with your own eyes.

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Malta: Easter in a Christian Enclave

April 22, 2017.  Yep, that’s right, it’s still Easter in my Newbie In Norway timeline.  And I’m still behind on my blogging due to that pesky thing called my day job.  So prepare to be bombarded with posts in the next couple of weeks as I take some time off my regular paying gig to catch up on life here in Norway.  That being said, I can’t pass up the opportunity to tell you about our Easter Week in Malta — the tenth smallest country in the world.  Never heard of it?  Sure you have.  Think Humphrey Bogart in the classic film-noire hit, The Maltese Falcon.  But more about that storyline later. Continue reading Malta: Easter in a Christian Enclave

Hiking to Haslumseter & Stumbling upon Snakes

April 9, 2017.  Shortly before Easter break, a small snowstorm hit Oslo.  Nothing like the knee-deep dumping of white stuff that we sometimes get back home in Chicago.  But enough to slow traffic and give Norwegians an excuse to ditch work and go skiing.  The fickle weather we’ve had this year hasn’t afforded much opportunity for enjoying the trails, so any small dusting is much appreciated.

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Whalers, Vikings, Stone Circles … and Porcelain?

March 25, 2017.  Sorry for the long break between posts — things have been quite busy with our construction project here in Norway, and I’ve had no time to write.  Last I left you, Easter break had arrived.  But I got a little ahead of myself, and I’m gonna jump back in time now to catch you up on a few fun experiences that we had before, during, and after the holiday.

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An Easter Postcard from Oslo

April 15, 2017.  I’m fast-forwarding in my blogging timeline for just a minute to wish everyone a Happy Easter — or as they say here in Norway, God Påske!  And rather than writing a tome, I’m sending you an Easter postcard collage showing Pascal preparations around Oslo.  (If you’re interested in more details, I covered most of the Norwegian Easter basics last year; check out my 2016 post Easter in Oslo),   Hope everyone has a peaceful — or chocolatey, sunny, or scary holiday — whichever Scandinavian theme suits your mood! Continue reading An Easter Postcard from Oslo