It was a beautiful August
day in Oslo. We were back after Hans and
I spent two weeks hiking in the highlands where a highlight was walking past birch trees less than an inch tall to reach the toe of a glacier near Finse.
We were then fit and ready for two full days in the city.
In the morning we went to Frogner Park. Amazingly popular, no trip to Oslo can be complete without a visit here, like it or hate it. I was mesmerized. There are hundreds of stories in the stone and brass sculptures all made by one man, Gustav Vigeland.
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Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper is some very old advice that seems to ring true with many breakfast offerings below. The energy provided by the first meal of the day isn’t likely to be stored around your waistline because you will be using it, right?
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Here are the steps to follow when you discover your Residence Permit is lost or stolen:
When you first get your Residence Permit, always make a copy (paper or digital) and keep it safe. If you save the front and back image on your phone, you can easily find your V-number to put on a police report.
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Who loves Paris! I do! Living in Groningen makes it possible to get on a morning train and have a late lunch in Paris and stay the weekend. Two nights at a Flipkey or Airbnb and voila – a beautiful weekend in Paris. Leaving around 17:00 gives you plenty of time to return home.
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Scotland in spring was amazing. The expansive sunny views all the way to the horizon were
remarkable. I bring droughts wherever I go so this was pretty good for Scotland. This is the way it
was for four days except for one downpour, and we made the most of it!
Destination: Fife, my mother’s home county, a Kingdom of yore, and Broughty Ferry where my
cousin lives. From the airport we went straight to our base in Broughty Ferry and daytripped to
Anstruther, Crail, and St. Andrews.
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The Elf Fantasy Fair is a two-day event taking place twice a year in The Netherlands. The April edition is on the grounds of Kasteel de Haar in Haarzuilens. In September, it is held at Kasteeltuinen Arcen.
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It was in the afternoon after a long hot day in Pompeii that Hans and I stepped off the train to visit Herculaneum, another city destroyed during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
We saw how the present town of Herculaneum is built on top of old Herculaneum. Excavation of the buried city ends abruptly at this point. The site was discovered in 1709 while large-scale excavation was undertaken in the 1920’s. Unfortunately, the site wasn’t maintained and had to be closed for safety reasons. In 2001, a restoration project began, making it possible to re-open. Herculaneum now has a visitors’ centre and an entrance from which you can see a good overview of the city’s layout.
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Michiel de Ruyter, born in Vlissingen was a Dutch Admiral known worldwide for his most famous
exploit: sailing into England and coming home with the English Royal flagship.
In his early days, he worked for a Dutch company in Dublin. His talent on the waves was quickly
revealed and he rose through the ranks. His career was extremely varied and worth looking into.
It was in commanding ships that his talent came to the fore and he fended off pirates so
successfully that some didn’t bother with him anymore.
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In May this year my first grandchild was born and for this happy event, I stepped up to technology to help us get our relationship started.
It started the night he was born. My daughter Catherine and I prepared for a Skype chat from the hospital so she could give me the news and let me see him right away. There would be no sleep for me the night my grandson was going to be born so Hans and I set ourselves up to wait with snacks and music.
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If you speak mostly English and are looking for volunteer work, there are a surprising number of opportunities that require little knowledge of Dutch.
It takes some knowledge of Dutch to navigate the websites, which are all Dutch, to find such gems as: carpentry work, feeding animals in children’s farms, helping at a festival, working in a garden that produces food destined for a food bank, delivering meals, and doing English guided tours in museums.
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