On the 26th September, I kissed goodbye to my stomach. Why? Well, to cut a long story short, I inherited a mutation in the CDH1 gene - which means I have an increased chance of developing diffuse gastric cancer and lobular breast cancer. After a routine gastroscopy in April revealed one of the biopsies to … Continue reading Kissing my Stomach Goodbye
Yorkshire formerly known as the County of York and "York" comes from the Viking name for the city, Jórvík It's no surprise that Old Norse has influenced the English language; particularly in the North where the Vikings dominated for many years! When I started to learn Norwegian a few years ago, I found some similarities to Yorkshire words and places … Continue reading Old Norse in the North
Earlier this month, my mum came to spend some time with us in Bergen again. The first time she came to visit was the last weekend of August in 2015. In true Bergen style, it rained a lot! So this time, I told her to come around the start of May, and promised her a weekend of … Continue reading Mum’s (2nd) visit to Norway
Every summer, Bjørnar and I head to Fjørtoft; the beautiful island he grew up on in Sunnmøre. In the past, we have taken the bus from Bergen to Ålesund, and then another bus, before getting on the final ferry to the island. This usually takes around 12 hours and is very draining! So this year, … Continue reading Road Trip to Fjørtoft
On this day last week, Bjørnar and I were sitting in the airport, waiting anxiously to board our plane to Oslo after seeing a small propellor plane parked at our gate. (For those of you that don't know us very well, we are both nervous flyers and have always insisted that we would never travel … Continue reading A Weekend in Oslo
Travellers and expats like myself, often transfer money to their bank account from an overseas account - this can be time consuming and costly! A few months after relocating to Norway, I came across a wonderful service that not enough people know about...
The 17th May, also known as Norwegian Constitution Day, is an official national holiday that is celebrated all over the country. The Constitution was signed in 1814 and declared Norway to be an independent kingdom. Despite me being in Bergen for almost 3 years, this was my first time celebrating it here so I was … Continue reading 17. Mai – Gratulerer med dagen!
After living in Bergen for almost 3 years, (wow, has it really been that long?!) I've started searching for new places to explore since I've seen the majority of the tourist hotspots here; museums, the mountains, art galleries etc. The great thing about Bergen is that it's fairly easy to get around thanks to the bybane and bus services, … Continue reading Skogsøy
Last night was like most nights here. It got dark, and my phone notified me that it was kp6 outside. (For those of you that don't know what this means, basically the kp number system is a scale of geomagnetic activity aka northern lights forecast) Usually, there's nothing much to see here in Bergen, and … Continue reading Nordlys
Last week, Bjørnar and I traveled to Fjørtoft; the island he grew up on and an already favourite location of mine. We began our journey from Bergen to Ålesund via coach and was a little sceptical after being told it would take ten hours. I have endured many long, dreadful coach journeys in England; usually … Continue reading Fjørtoft
My time in Norway so far has been a rollercoaster ride filled with highs and lows, but it's one that I'm thoroughly enjoying. After all, nobody said it was going to be easy moving to a new country but I'm really liking it here in Bergen. One thing I am rather fond of, is the … Continue reading Nytt Liv i Norge
This time last week, I was on my flight to Norway, preparing for landing at Bergen airport. One week later and my back still hasn't quite forgiven me for the trauma I put it through earlier that morning... The day prior to my journey involved me frantically walking into town twice to buy two new … Continue reading Departure Day
So yesterday was Norway's National Day in which I have already started feeling patriotic towards. I had the fantastic opportunity to celebrate this day last year on Fjørtoft with Bjørnar and his family, participating in a march on the island whilst waving a flag, listening to the amazing band outside of the church, taking part … Continue reading 17th May
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, yet I can't seem to find just one to describe this photograph... What I do know is that this photo pretty captures the essence of his fun personality. Despite the dreary weather, he never fails to put a smile on my face by not taking life … Continue reading The Missing Piece