Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

When my computer gets hung up I restart it and the machinery works as new. If I have made any errors in my document I delete them, and after doing some changes in my file I simply push the refresh button. This is how Easter and the man on a cross works for me, that we are always given these three options if we want to start all over again.

This print has been hanging in my office for 20 years, but unfortunately I don’t know the name of the painter.



I can’t recall any Easter without having Anthon Berg’s Chocolate Marzipan Easter Eggs on my table. Each egg fits perfectly in the mouth and makes the taste buds dance with joy when it crunches between the teeth and melts on the tongue.
The Danish brand Anthon Berg is purveyors to the Royal Danish court and has been producing their fine chocolate over 125 years. In addition to focus on taste and texture, they produce chocolate that meets the highest standard of aesthetics. And that I like.

You can purchase the eggs all over Scandinavia and from scandinavianbutik.




Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

The blooming of Forsythia signals the arrival of spring. Its beauty lies in the manner the yellow flowers appear before the leaves.

The meaning of Forsythia in flower language is anticipation and I can’t think of a better word for expressing my thoughts about spring, sun and summer at the moment.

Here down south they are blooming all over the place and the other day I went to a friend’s garden and made a lovey bouquet.



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. You can read more about him here.

You can purchase his book from here.



Photos: Arild De Lange Nilsen

When I returned from warm and lovely Rome to rainy Norway the other day I realized that I really miss the summer. So this morning I enjoyed looking through some pictures from last summer where I literally could smell the roses and feel the warmth from the sun.

The day these pictures were taken the photographer Arild De Lange Nilsen, LANGE NILSEN FOTODESIGN and I spent some funny hours playing around in my garden with my red sofa. The pictures were actually taken for featuring an article in the Norwegian woman’s magazine Tara about the importance of having places for retreat in life. Three women were interviewed and I was one of them. In the article I talk about my office in my garden BOKSTUDIO where I often withdraw in order to gain creativity and peace.

You can read the article here (in Norwegian only).


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After being diving into the wonder of ancient Rome for some time, it was actually rather refreshing to visit MAXXI, the National Museum of Contemporary Art and Architecture (Il MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo) where we enjoyed this major architectural work. MAXXI was built in 2009 and is designed by the Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, featuring both innovative and spectacular forms.3681

Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

“I see the MAXXI as an immersive urban environment for the exchange of ideas, feeding the cultural vitality of the city”.

-Zaha Hadid



Gelato or ice cream is to be found in Rome at almost every corner it’s seems like. The Romans do love their gelaterias.

When we discovered this ice cream heaven where the sensation in each spoonful was intensely real, we decided to skip the well-known and touristy ice cream places. At Gelateria del Teatro they do offer ice cream with juice hand squeezed from Amalfi Coast lemons and hand chopped pistachios from Sicily. And the variety of chocolate is unbelievable, ranging from “al latte” to “puro” – reputedly 70% chocolate.

Stefano, the owner, told us that the gelato is made of fresh and organic ingredients sourced locally with no artificial colors, flavors or thickeners. The former pastry chef and his wife Silvia opened the gelateria in 2006, taking the traditional Italian specialty to a level of haute gastronomic genius.


Photos: Kristin Bae Mysen

In the window we could view all the fresh ingredients which were used in the ice-cream and one of the employee making it.

My favorites after paying a visit nearly every day were:
*Ricotta, Sicilian almond and fig
*White chocolate and basil
*Fresh mint and chocolate
*Rosemary honey lemon



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 the top of the spout like a whale’s blowhole. It becomes easily an insta-drinking fountain.

This water is brought in from outside of the city. Thanks to the aqueducts from the first century A.D, Rome has never had limited in water usage and the city’s gift to their inhabitants and its visitants is this abundance of water.

We had fun downloading this app for finding drinking fountains near us.




Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

We are off to Rome – for strolling along and taking in the sounds of the city. For breathing in the lively atmosphere in the markets. For having an aperitivo in one of the piazzas while we are people-watching and enjoying the smell of ancient stones and fresh made coffee.

And once again be taken by the beauty of the historical city.