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Sophie’s World has moved

January 2nd, 2010

Much as I like Boots’n'All – and that very cool Tibetan temple in the heading, I needed a more flexible blog. As of 1 January 2010, Sophie’s World has moved here. The posts here will be exported to the new blog little by little.

PhotoFriday: The Desert

January 1st, 2010

I’m drawn to the desert. So much that I sometimes wonder whether I was meant to live in it. In one way, the desert is the complete opposite of the snow and ice of home – the temperature and the relationship with the sun. In another way, the landscapes are the same: forceful, sometimes brutal, and magically beautiful.

So my first photo of 2010 is not wintry Norway, but the deserts of the United Arab Emirates. I saw plenty of desert sands last year – with and without the kids. More is to come in 2010; both Lebanon and Libya are on the agenda.

Where are you going this year?
Happy 2010 everyone – and happy travels!

PS This post is part of Delicious Baby’s weekly PhotoFriday blog. Check it out.

PhotoFriday – Home for Christmas

December 25th, 2009

Opening the door in February, this is what met the eye. Same today. The kids are out making a snow sphinx; a typical first day of Christmas!

Weekly photo – Wintry Drammen

December 12th, 2009

Bragernes Church

This is how Drammen looked in February – and should look in December. Not quite there yet.

Vienna Christmas Markets

November 26th, 2009

Last Friday, I wrote a guest post for the wonderful Europe a la Carte blog about Vienna’s Christmas markets. In the article I listed a few of the markets. I haven’t seen them all yet – and the one at Spittelberg features high on my to-see list. It looks very cosy there in the narrow alleys.

Vienna is always elegant, but especially during advent. I adore the Christkindlmarkt in front of Rathausplatz (City Hall). It’s so colourful and lively. It’s also full of children, because City Hall hosts a fabulous children’s workshop, the Christkindl Werkstatt. With rosy cheeks, all flush with excitement, they run inside to make wonderful homemade Christmas pressies and to have heaps of fun.

Related links:
Europe a la Carte: Christmas Markets in Vienna

Oslo on a budget!

October 11th, 2009

Oslo may be the world’s most expensive city, but it is possible to enjoy this beautiful Scandinavian capital on a budget – even free. Have a look at NileGuide’s Family-friendly Oslo – on a budget.

Oslo Opera House

My Oslo City Guide in British Airways’ Business Life

May 6th, 2009

is here

Arabian desert safari

April 12th, 2009


European plans

March 3rd, 2009

With small children, it’s good to have travel plans for the neighbourhood, in my case Europe. Returning from our stay in New Zealand in 2003, I set a target to visit all the countries in Europe. Nearly there; only lacking Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Although their European-ness is dubious – or at least contested – I’ll include them. Apart from those three, I’m done. 

31 October 2003 (my birthday), I also set these 31 European goals and enjoy ticking them off:

  1. Sail the Mediterranean
  2. Hike the Alps in Liechtenstein (Sep 2006)
  3. See the old walled city of Dubrovnik (Sep 2004)
  4. Hike the Tatra Mountains – Zakopane/Poprad
  5. Visit Moldova (Chisinau, Orhei Vechul) (Jun 2008)
  6. Stay in a private flat in Transdniester (Jun 2008)
  7. Visit Macedonia (Skopje) (Apr 2008)
  8. Visit Kosovo (Pristina) (Apr 2008)
  9. Visit Montenegro (Kotor, Budva, Cetinje) (Oct 2004)
  10. Visit Bosnia-Hercegovina (Mostar, Medugorje, Srpska) (Sep/Oct 2004, Aug 2008)
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Lesotho public transport

February 16th, 2009

More practice at entering writing competitions – and winning second place over at Businesstravellogue, no less – here’ s a short version of my wicked bus ride in Lesotho a few years ago.