Norwegian band #2: Wadruna.

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There’s this Norwegian band that not only provides us with good music generally and technically, but also takes listener to the old, Norse culture, that has its roots in the whole vikings aspect. Wadruna uses, as well, old, traditional instruments, which only few people still actually play on – among others: kraviklyra, tagelharpe, goat horn, hardanger fiddle or lur.

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Norwegian band #1: Hekla Stålstrenga.

When one’s interested in Norway or just simply living in this country, one may wonder: where’re any Norwegian bands? When you play the NRK radio, you can hear some Norwegian music, but they’re usually the popular songs or the international productions, that are popular at the moment. If you want clear Norwegian vocals with nice instrumental work, or you simply want a band to perfect your language understanding, you need to dig deeper.

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Sigbjørn Obstfelder – a poet of images.

When it comes to poetry, I’m quite fond of it. It’s nice when something as simply as words can combine to such meaningful creations, and also not only define our world, but create its own definition of it. Norway is a country of many talented poets, among others – Sigbjørn Obstfelder, a poet from 19th century.

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News from Norway – Arctic oil drilling agreement & Trump anti-eco.

So as we can read in euronews, there’s has been an agreement, which can have huge environmental effect.

A double blow for environmentalists fighting global warming as a lawsuit to block drilling in Norway’s Arctic region is defeated

What does it mean? Basically the money won, and Greenpeace actions were defeated. There’s going to be the oil drilling in Norway’s Arctic region. Continue reading “News from Norway – Arctic oil drilling agreement & Trump anti-eco.”

Nisse – Nordic Christmas brownie (hob).

By Nasjonalbiblioteket from Norway - Glædelig Jul, 1885Uploaded by Anne-Sophie Ofrim, CC BY 2.0,

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).”

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.”