LAYER UPON LAYER

Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen I live in a white, traditional wooden house which is typical for this region in the southern part of Norway. My house was originally built in the late 1800s, but has of course been remodeled many times since. When we had a new window put in in our living room, we […]

SALAMANCA – THE GOLDEN CITY!

I am in Salamanca this week with my students who are studying Spanish, all taken by this small and stunningly beautiful student-filled city in northwestern Spain close to Portuguese border. It has an incredible architecture, actually it is considered one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe, and thanks to its clear and pure […]

QUINO’S GUERNICIA

Quino is a favorite of my mine. The Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado, better known by his pen name Quino (born 17th of July 1932) is famous for his comic and often political strips. More about him here. You can purchase his book from here.

NASONI

Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen Safe, fresh and super-cold water still free-flows out and through the 2,500 small drinking fountains placed around Rome. They are often named as Nasoni because of their nose-shaped spigots. The trick is to plug up the bottom where the water comes out, forcing it to pop out the little hole on […]

VIKINGS – WOMEN OF REAL INFLUENCE

Painter: Peter Nicolai Arbo  – Title: Ingeborg At the moment it seems like everything that has to do with the Vikings is very popular, probably thanks to several new television series such as the Irish-Canadian television series “Vikings” where the second season recently was launched. Like many Norwegians I do have an ambivalent relationship to […]

NOW I FEEL ROOTED

Photo: Ada Nilsen I love my new bracelet with ornamentation inspired from the Viking age. Actually from the wagon inside the Viking ship of Oseberg which dates back to 800 AD. This is Snorre silver and it is made in Norway by the Norwegian goldsmith and designer Truls Grønvold. This series of jewelry is named […]