Goodbye, Fredrikstad!

The Tall Ship Races 2014 in Fredrikstad has come to an end. We had four glorious days with almost tropical weather and lots of fun :-) Yesterday the seventy ships left Dina’s hometown and we Bookfayries and Dina happily accepted the invitation to follow the ships to sea. This is definitely the nice side of …

In the Wonderland Woods of Norway

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire Cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” was his response. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.” Text: Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland”, 1863. Foto: Hanne Siebers, …

Early Summer in Fredrikstad, Norway

Normally the summer in Norway deserves a speeding ticket, but not so this weekend… :-) “Hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…” ― Van Morrison (link to youtube) “The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears or the sea.” –   …

Norwegian Wood

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood (Naokos Lächeln) “But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people …

Literary Winter in Norway

Winter is on its way! No need to get upset about that. :-) A winterday up Far North can be a magic encounter with nature as here in Fredrikstad, my native city. In Norway, the main indor activity ist reading. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Norwegians read more than any other nation in the world. …

Not stealing, but letting out horses in Norway.

© Photos of young stallions at Feøya: Trond Thorvaldsen, Fredrikstad, Norway We’re in Dublin, a great opportunity for me to present a Norwegian novelist who won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2007: “Out stealing horses” by  Per Petterson Per Petterson is a trained librarian. He has worked as a bookstore clerk, translator and literary critic before …

Irgendlink in Dinastad

Gestern ist Irgendlink aus D-Zweibrücken in Fredrikstad bei Tone, Jostein und Jon Olav angekommen. Fotos kommen später, ich möchte kurz vorstellen, wie Irgendlink unterwegs ist, wie er radelt, bloggt und Kunstwerke kreiert,  genaustens abgestimmt mit der Homebase, Sofasophia in der Schweiz. Die Screenshots sind nicht interaktiv, der genaue Ablauf kann hier verfolgt werden. Wer mit …

Irgendlink kommt nach Fredrikstad

Eilmeldung, Irgendlink er allerede “på den andre siden av fjorden” und wird in 4-5 Tagen in Fredrikstad bei Tone, Jostein und Jon Olav erwartet! Tone und die Jungs freuen sich, die Waschmaschine steht parat, Kaffee und WiFi ebenfalls, ach, auch ich wäre so gerne dabei, seufz, “wir auuuuch!” rufen die Buchfeen und Klausbernd gerade  lautstark aus Norfolk. Grund genug, Irgendlinks eigene Eindrücke …