Tag Archives: Norway

Ullevålseter Summer Hike

From Frognerseteren's front porch, you can see adorable sod-roofed cabins and the fjord spread out below.
From Frognerseteren’s front stoop, you can see adorable sod-roofed cabins and the fjord spread out below.

August 14, 2016.  Since I’ve written about Ullevålseter in winter and spring, I thought I’d take some time to praise its summer splendors — because every season brings surprises.  The trek to this old-farmstead-now-hiker’s-haven is one of our favorite jaunts.  Not only because of the gorgeous forests, wetlands, and pastures we pass through along the way, but also because we always start our jaunt from the front porch of the picturesque Frognerseteren Restaurant, which offers a heart-stopping view of the Oslo fjord (and some yummy trail food if you haven’t stocked up beforehand).   Continue reading Ullevålseter Summer Hike

Bokbacka Restaurant

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A recent addition to the restaurant scene in Oslo, Bokbacka is the brainchild of Danish restauranteur and sommelier Alexander Jones and head chef Swedish-born Simon Weinberg, whose previous experience includes several Michelin star restaurants like Noma and Bagatelle.

May 27, 2016.  So I’ve never before devoted an entire post to an eatery.  I’m no restaurant critic, and I can’t claim to have a Cordon Bleu-educated palate like many true foodies.  But Matthew and I enjoyed such a delicious and interactive dinner at Bokbacka that I had to share it with you.  Keep the place in mind if you decide to pay a visit to Oslo and are looking for a unique dining experience that’s a little off the beaten path (meaning it’s on a side street in our little Frogner neighborhood.) Continue reading Bokbacka Restaurant

Easter in Oslo

Check out this sugary sculpture ornamented with chocolate-filled eggs.
Check out this sugary sculpture ornamented with hollow eggs that each hold a variety of little chocolates.

March 18, 2016.  Easter (known as Påske in Norway) has crept up on us early this year, and frankly, no one is ready.  Last year, stores flaunted decorations and treats at least a month in advance of the big event.  Now, just one week before the holiday, eggs, chicks, and chocolates are finally beginning to peek out from shop windows.  Confectioners have done their level best to make up for lost time, though.  Their offerings include fragile feats of sugary engineering that command their own air space and challenge the laws of physics.   Continue reading Easter in Oslo

Christmas at the Castle

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Akershus Festning occupies a vital strategic position at the head of Oslo’s fjord.

December 20, 2015.   Looking for a little holiday pick-me-up — and an opportunity to get out of the house after our battles with pneumonia and sinus infections — Matthew and I decided to attend the Jul celebrations at Akershus Festning og Slott (Akershus Fortress and Castle).  The program promised a noon tour in English filled with the history of the site, as well as a demonstration of Norwegian Christmas traditions, so we braved the freezing cold for the chance to learn more about the huge Medieval structure that dominates Oslo’s harbor. Continue reading Christmas at the Castle

Our Hytte (Cabin)

August 30, 2015.  So Matthew and I had our first chance to experience an official hytte vacation like real Norwegians.  Granted, our hytte — which usually connotes a remote mountain cabin — was only an hour outside Oslo by bus, and located not far away from a rural subdivision, but I’m still claiming that it counts.  After all, we had to “do our business” in an outhouse, draw our water from a nearby stream, burn candles for light at night, heat the place via a wood-burning stove, and cook our meals over a fire and a two-burner propane hot plate. Continue reading Our Hytte (Cabin)

Culture Shock

June 15, 2015.  Everybody warned me it would happen.  I’ve read articles in preparation for it:  culture shock — the moment when the move to a new country stops being filled with wonderful discoveries and instead becomes about combatting daily little irritations.  You know what I mean, when people behave in baffling ways quite different from the familiar traditions of your home country, and you run short of patience in trying to rationalize such contradictions. Continue reading Culture Shock

Moth Invasion

June 12, 2015.  First of all, let me warn readers with a weak stomach or a particular fear of creepy crawlies:  this might be a post that you’ll want to skip over.  I’d recommend it only for those who have a strong constitution and enjoy horror films like Arachnophobia, Creepshow, or Them!  The good news is, I don’t have a ton of photos of our infestation.  The bad news is, the photos I do have will completely gross you out.  Your decision.  Read on, if you have the fortitude. Continue reading Moth Invasion