Innovation: Norwegian Slow TV


With Slow TV we are approaching a new era of television. Less noise and less flashing images. This is what Al Jazeera reports. I recommend watching the full 9:30 minutes where both pros and cons share their opinions: I remember well when the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) started its live coverage of the 134-hour voyage along the Norwegian coast line and fjords. I was spending time with my father in Norway during his cancer treatments and the Slow … Continue reading

The Amazing Botanical Garden Oslo


Anette and Geir are exploring yet another pearl: The University Botanical Garden in Oslo is Norway’s oldest botanical garden, established in 1814. It is administrated by the University of Oslo. Click on photos to enlarge. This is the “Central Park” of Oslo: This rare cactus, Dvergtistel (Cirsium acaule), is only to be found on a small island, Ulvøya, just outside Oslo: Granite greenhouse: Quinoa: Pictures taken by iPhone 4. Blog post composed in the WordPress … Continue reading

Exploring Maridalsvannet and Akerselva in wonderful Oslo


Today I found yet another pearl in Oslo; Maridalsvannet. It is a lake that supplies Oslo of drinking water. There’s a river, Akerselva, that runs from this lake out into the Oslo fjord. My love, Geir, was my personal guide. Along the river you find plenty of small fresh water “beaches” where you can chill and cool down. The air is fresh the water is pure and clean. A pearl in Oslo. No more industry … Continue reading

Lofoten: Cold, cloudy and colorful

An abandoned farmhouse

Day 1, Lofoten (map): Temperatures between 9–16 C (50–60 F) and the weather forecast reports rain the entire week. It is safe to skip the sun screen. Here are some shots of the surroundings where we stay. A valley of grass fields and a fjord with mountains hiding behind clouds on both sides. The midnight sun is behind those clouds somewhere. There’s daylight both day and night.

Lofoten: First impressions, green mountains and fresh blue water

Lofoten, green mountains

Lofoten (map): The nature is wild and untamed. It’s usually hot during summer, but right now it’s only 10 C / 50 F and raining. It’s like driving through a huge green Nordic rainforest. Quite some contrasts to the deserts of Arizona and sandy California we just came back from. Here, even the mountains are green. It’s all clean, fresh and green. I want to share some snap shots taken around 9PM from the car: … Continue reading