Nisse – Nordic Christmas brownie (hob).

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Many people wonder what is this little Christmas being, that appears in so many Scandinavian stories, songs and mainly in floklore. It comes from really old beliefs and with the simpliest words is the mythological creature (tomte, tomtenisse – Sweden, nisse – Norway, Denmark, tonttu – Finland). Nisse is the word derived from the name Nils, which is form of Nicholas. Continue reading “Nisse – Nordic Christmas brownie (hob).”

Fridays with Norwegian #16 – Christmas words.

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Christmas is just about to begin, there’re only few days left. One may say, the anticipation for Christmas to begin is the best thing in all this, and I must agree with this. So, while waiting for the days to come, why not learn some Norwegian Christmas-related words and phrases?

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Hamar – winter edition.

So, you may or may not know, I’m really into photo manipulation. I love Adobe Photoshop and programs like that – but don’t get me wrong, I like natural photos as well. However, when in lack of good quality camera, you sometimes have to use some tools. That’s how life works. And recently I discovered really amazing app, called Afterlight (it’s free), which I was dying to test out. I thought – why not combine this with Christmas photos? So, here’s the result. I hope you will like the vintage-ish version of Christmasy Hamar. Continue reading “Hamar – winter edition.”

When you can’t control things.

When you can’t control how much snow will fall this week (but you really like the snow, your inner child), when you can’t control what you will have for dinner, because your fridge is empty, and there’s only one thing to be prepared (but you’re really craving some steak). When you can’t control if people who you love are in good or bad state of living (but it frustrates the hell out of you). But it gets really downhill, when you can’t control if people who you love, love you back.  Continue reading “When you can’t control things.”

Christmas market in Hamar.

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There’s one thing certain about Norway and its citizens – they love their Christmas. All around Europe you can experience this festiveness, especially in Berlin or in Vienna. Cities are all dressed up, like ladies in red dresses for Christmas Eve. Streets are full of lights, which don’t come from shops but from all the sidewalk trees. Whereas in Norway it’s identical, there’s also a lot of Christmas-themed events, which has it’s own charm to it.  Continue reading “Christmas market in Hamar.”