Many years ago during yet another extremely hot and humid southern Ontario summer I remember saying how much I hated having to endure the heat and stickiness. How I should move somewhere cooler where breathing itself didn’t seem like a chore in mid-July. Where the smog didn’t hover over the horizon like a dull brown haze for days on end in August. Somewhere like, oh I don’t know, Norway.

Fast forward a fair few number of years and this Canadian finds herself living in a smallish town in the southwest of Norway.

I write about my move to Norway, random day to day things that capture my imagination, things that happen around me, people I come across and to detail my journey through this life I’m building in this country.

Pull up a chair, pour yourself some coffee (or other beverage of choice) and stay for a while.




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  1. Japan Can(ada) Mix says:

    Hi Sandra! I forgot to notify my “recognizees” for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award yesterday and see you already got the news. As I mentioned in my post, I have no expectation for you to follow through with the regular award acceptance routine unless you want to. Congrats and enjoy! Hopefully you’ll get a few more potential readers checking out your blog.

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  2. Japan Can(ada) Mix says:

    Yay! I’m so glad that you commented on my sweat-filled blog post so that I could find you and your related about page comments. 😀 And gosh, you seem to have some similarities with me. Of course I would start a blog about Japan because NOOOOOOO one blogs about Japan and like you said, hundreds before me have done a much better job in many areas. But still, I love Japan, it’s my other home and my other half’s homeland and if everyone and their pet iguana has a blog page about Japan, so be it. And I realize I’m starting to write a mini blog post so I’ll end with a question. Tell me more about that gorgeous carved snake?? at the top centre of your site.

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    • Life n' Whatnot says:

      Welcome, glad you dropped by! 😀

      I took the carved serpent photo at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo a few years back. It’s an example of a figurehead from one of their long ships. Worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.


      • Japan Can(ada) Mix says:

        Sounds great! The farther west I’ve been in that part of the world is Sweden during my uni exchange in Finland so many years ago. I saw the “big ship” in Stockholm at the Vasa Museum and was enchanted. A viking ship museum from so many years earlier would definitely catch my fancy.

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  3. joeyfullystated says:

    I think I was 9 or so the first time I said I wanted to live someplace cooler. Maine sounded appealing. It turns out, I do like Maine. Then I went to Quebec City in August and thought, “Gosh this is nice!” and a week later, Nova Scotia, where I thought I could never leave, but had to. Then I went to Mackinac Island and thought it would do as well. I’ve never been to Norway, although my husband has.
    Then, for seven years, his job sent us to The Deep South, where coastal temps tried to kill me. Imagine 10 months of summer each year! We’re rare, we people who do not like to be hot.
    I still yearn to escape Indiana summers. I do not like the heat.
    I shall follow you and read about life and whatnot.

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    • Life n' Whatnot says:

      It’s funny that while I dread hot and humid days my sister is the opposite. Temperatures that I find completely comfortable will have her shivering and looking for a sweater.
      And thanks for the follow! I’m not sure where this blog is going to take me but it’s nice to have company along the way.

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  4. Cindi says:

    It’s nice to “meet” a fellow North American who has made the leap across the water to this gorgeous (and fairly non-humid) country of Norway! I look forward to getting to know you through your blog.

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