Monthly Archives: November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

For all the Americans who read this, I hope your Thanksgiving brought you lots of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and all the other trimmings.

So, the holiday season has begun, even in Norway.  So I’ll get to find out more about Norwegian holiday traditions like Pepperknøtter, which seem, more or less, to be gingersnaps, although the kind I tried didn’t quite have that nice spicy taste.

Picture Day!

Bislet ChurchI took this picture on the 15th on a clear day – probably around 2pm, so there was still plenty of light.  I like the way the trees sort of hide the building, but you can still see the beauty of the church.  –I’m not a religious person, but even I can admit that a lot of effort tends to go into designing religious buildings.  I don’t really know anything about this church – it’s not like the well known one in the center of the city, of which I would post a picture, except that it’s been covered with plastic the entire time I’ve been here due to renovations or other repairs.

I’m struggling to decide if I want to talk about unions in Norway – I’ve learned a lot more about them due to contract discussions at work (that won’t get discussed here), and I find that I’m rather discomforted by them, but I need to decide if I can explain the matter well here.

Things you don’t find in Norway…

Still working on getting back to a normal posting schedule – ideally I’d like to have a new post up at least every 5 days, but for some reason I still seem to be having trouble doing that.

Anyway, I’ve been looking for some things that I just cannot find in Norway, or are hard to find.  I’ll add more to this list as I think of them.

  • Pie pans (strange, I know, but I’ve been to at least 10 stores, including IKEA, and nobody has pie pans)
  • Butterscotch chips (luckily I had a way to order some)

Things that have been hard to find:

  • Baking soda

And finally, things that have been surprisingly easy to find:

  • Karo corn syrup
  • Canned pumpkin, and Libby’s pumpkin pie mix (hard to use without the pie pans, though)

And amazingly, Deli De Luca has apparently started stocking Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese!

Snow!

Well, the election is over, and I’ve managed to pull myself away from Fallout 3 long enough for a quick post.

Back on October 29, Oslo had a snow day!  It really was quite beautiful, as you can see from the picture below.  Since then it’s ranged from quite warm to a bit chilly, but nothing too bad.  This morning was extremely wet, though.  I’m really hoping to see more snow later this winter (hopefully sooner rather than later).

From what I can tell – we’ll see if I still believe this in a couple of months – if you can survive a Chicago winter, you can survive winter in Oslo.  The biggest difference is the days are shorter over here.Snow in Oslo - November 2008