Category Archives: Norway

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Norway Street in Tokyo

I visited the bar Øl Tokyo and the café Fuglen Tokyo in Norway Street in Tokyo in September 2016

‘You know this street is called Norway Street, right? The locals now call this street Norway Street.’ He looked at me and smiled. I laughed. ‘What?’

He continued. ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah. People call this street Norway Street now. You see. You have the bar in this end of the street, the café in the other end. And then there is the furniture store in the middle. Three Norwegian places in one street. And it has become known as Norway Street.’

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I am moving to Stockholm, Sweden

I moved to Stockholm, Sweden in January 2017.

When I put down the phone it started to dawn on me. Little by little. This was a big decision I had made, life-changing. And I had made it without really thinking it through. Things had happened so fast, no chance to think. I had been on holiday in Japan and Taiwan most of the time as well. Had I made the right decision?

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SAS Airport Lounges

I travelled to Japan with SAS Lounge Access in December 2015.

Even though I like to travel, love to see different airports, see what they have to offer, travelling can get a bit boring. Airports mostly look the same, the restaurants are mostly the same, the food is usually not so good. I usually end up finding a seat in a bar, a book and a beer to kill time.

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Beating the ash clouds of Eyjafjallajökull

I visited New York while Eyjafjallajökull erupted in April, 2010

I was at home, packing for our weekend in New York, when my grandmother called to tell me about the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Apparently plane traffic in Europe could come to a complete stop because of it, putting our trip to New York in Jeopardy. Værnes, the airport in Trondheim still wasn’t closed, the airline told us to show up at the airport, no one knew what would happen.

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Eyjafjallajökull erupting

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Brokstad, a chess tournament in Trondheim

I played Brokstad’s memorial in Oktober, 2015

Of course I had to meet a member of the same club as myself the first round. Not only was he better that me but also knew my playing style. My only hope was to surprise him somehow, but it did not work. Slowly he gained an advantage, eventually big enough to capitalise on. I lost the first round.

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18th century trade with Japan

In 1756, seven bottles of Japanese soy sauce were imported to the city of Trondheim, Norway. These bottles, made at Arita kilns, stamped with the words JAPANSCHZOYA, were brought to the artificial island Dejima in Nagasaki bay, where they were bought by the Dutch East India Company for export. Eventually they ended up in Trondheim.

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Broken bottles of Japanschzoya

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Bad weather at Gardermoen Airport in Norway

The following episode happened on a flight from Trondheim Airport Værnes to Oslo Airport Gardermoen in March 2015.

The winter in Norway can be quite a winter. You can get -20 degrees centigrade or a meter of snow during a day. Winds can be quite strong, rain can quickly turn to hail. Flying in Norway demands quite a lot from the pilot. Or the personell in charge of keeping the runway free from snow.

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Gate 19 at Gardermoen Oslo Airport

Gate 19 at Oslo Airport isn’t just one gate, but six (Gate 19a-f) and has in the last years become famous among Norwegian travelers. As a temporary gate in use during the construction of a new terminal, it is far away from the rest of the terminal, and up until recently completely void of any place selling something to eat or drink. To get there you have to walk down a long and sterile corridor, it looked like a construction site. Recently the corridor has been covered with some weird art to give you something to look at while walking. It did not take long after its opening before a new Facebook group appeared, declaring their hate for the gate. It quickly became clear than even cabin personell closely followed this group (article in Norwegian. A girl running to make her flight at gate 19 was posting photos of this in the group and was met by a nice surprise when she finally boarded the plane).
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