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10 Tips to Visit Norway on a Budget

Many foreigners coming to visit Norway get a little surprised, or shocked is probably the best word, when realising the price of things in this country. From transportation to food in restaurants, everything except maybe for smoked salmon is more expensive in Norway than most Western countries. The kroners (NOK), Norway’s currency, confuse you at first and then when you convert it to euros or … Continue reading 10 Tips to Visit Norway on a Budget

FINLAND – What to do in Finland? Get Drunk in a Sauna

It is finally the summer holidays, why write about saunas and about Finland? Well this year I had this strange idea of spending parts of my summer holidays in Finland. Every Norwegian I meet is like “You are spending your SUMMER holidays in Finland? But why?”. Why spend your summer somewhere North of where you already live? I just thought I would check out this … Continue reading FINLAND – What to do in Finland? Get Drunk in a Sauna

Where on Earth is Syden?

When one asks a Norwegians where they went on holidays, some reply they had a great time in “Syden”. “Oh Syden! Yeah right. Everyone knows where that is”. Mmmh well, Norwegians all seem to know, but it doesn’t really ring a bell for foreigners. My Indian friend knew the answer right away. When I told him I was writing a blogpost on Syden he said … Continue reading Where on Earth is Syden?

CANADA – Joining a Christian Camp and Liking It (OMG)

Back in the Spring I was planning a trip to Québec for the summer holidays. My dear friend A. whom I hadn’t seen in years invited me to a getaway weekend in the Laurentians in Quebec and I could not possibly refuse. Pictures of the place were stunning and represented exactly what I needed after months of work and city life: brick-colored pine forests, mirror … Continue reading CANADA – Joining a Christian Camp and Liking It (OMG)

INDIA – How Indian Astrology Messes Up Newly Wedds’ Sexlife

Wherever we come from on this planet, whether we are religious or not, traditional or not, we all go through the same hormonal changes during puberty and then teenage years, discovering desire and all that jazz. The difference is that some wait and some don’t. In the Western world, except for a few Mormons and other true believers, not only couples already had sex before … Continue reading INDIA – How Indian Astrology Messes Up Newly Wedds’ Sexlife

Does Gentrification = Colonisation? A story of hipster ghettos

I’ve been hearing the word “gentrification” over and over again in the past few months in different parts of the world without really understand what it means: Berlin, Toronto, Oslo, Copenhagen, Brisbane, Montreal for the least. My friend who decided to buy a flat in Berlin said he finally managed to find one in the only area that hasn’t been gentrified and is therefore still … Continue reading Does Gentrification = Colonisation? A story of hipster ghettos