Welcome to Alaska

3 July 2010

I’m in love. My nephew, Passage Ray, was born 3 weeks ago, and since then, I’ve hardly missed a day of seeing him. He’s the first one of his generation in the family, and so right now, he’s the darling. I am so glad I made it back to the U.S., and Alaska, in time […]

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Norway Spring

12 April 2010

It’s difficult to love spring in The North. Fickle weather, mud and slush, inconsistent temperatures. In Alaska, it’s not even called spring, it’s called breakup. But the one thing I do love about it is its potential: the days get longer and longer, the snow melts little by little. The thing about spring is that […]

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An Immigration in Reverse

8 April 2010

The Setesdal valley is a spectacular combination of deep ravines, straight-sided cliffs and rushing rivers. The road follows the river, passing waterfalls, skirting canyons, and weaving through small towns, farms and villages. One of those villages is called Bjørnarå, and I think that’s where my family comes from. I met a cousin of mine, Cecilie, […]

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Passage on the MS Nordstjernen

4 April 2010

I was like a 19th-century adventurer, crossing the high seas in search of the exotic and the undiscovered. Though I was less a Victorian gentlewoman and more a poor immigrant, relegated to steerage for the duration of the voyage. I took the Hurtigruten from Bergen to Bodø last week, and I really was in search […]

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Towns of Norway

24 March 2010

So far, I’ve been in Norway for a month, and I’ve managed to visit all the major cities, and some of the minor ones, in the southern coastal region. Kristiansand, Stavanger, and Bergen have been my most recent ports-of-call, and I did some exploring and I did some dawdling, and I like to think I […]

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