Good manners

Whenever Athina, my daughter sees a bottle of water, she goes nuts. If she doesn’t get a sip out of the content she has a meltdown so bad, that not even a live Broadway performance could distract her. I can’t say I wonder how she got so obsessed with the bottles. Baby see, baby do….

The 36th day

It’s been 35 days that my daughter has been sick. She got sick a couple of days after her birthday party on February first and even though there have been some short breaks, the fever and the runny nose that don’t let her rest keep coming back. It’s been 35 days and though I knew that that…

Welcome home

I have some thoughts on being an immigrant and integrating, that have been stuck in my head for a while now and I’d like to share them. It’s often I hear expats in Oslo being negative about Norwegians and about the Norwegian way of life. I understand why one might get frustrated after moving here,…

While you were sleeping

Baby is asleep… Finally!!!  Quickly, do something! This is the time you have to yourself! Make it count! Do something for you! A mom is to rest when the baby is taking a nap they say! I slowly remove my finger away from her palm and replace it with the leg of her teddy bear……

Things I learned after I had my daughter

That she is wonderful beyond any expectation and anything I had imagined before I had her. That physical pain doesn’t end with child birth. I was completely unprepared for the amount of pain nursing entails. I would have gladly given birth once more, in exchange for the discomfort of breast feeding! That bragging about how peaceful your baby…

Do you speak love?

In my everyday life I speak Greek, English and Norwegian. I communicate in Greek with my family, speak English and Norwegian at work, use Norwegian everywhere else and write in English. With Greek being my mother tongue, I naturally make mistakes when I use the other two languages and have a more limited vocabulary. I try not to, but I…

Winter is coming

4 degrees Celsius in Oslo this morning and it’s easy to see that winter is coming. The weather’s getting colder, the days are getting shorter and there isn’t much more to do than to accept the inevitability of the seasons changing. Winter is not our favorite season, yet knowing it’s coming we prepare ourselves, dress warmer, get more comfortable at home,…

Banana cake weekend

Last weekend we were invited to a house warming gathering and though I’d usually buy some muffins for such an occasion, this time I found myself thinking of making a banana cake, which I’d made once before. It was the simplicity of the recipe that made it appealing and so that Saturday, there we were, ringing our host’s door bell, with a home-…

The familiar

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the price I had to pay, when I moved from Greece to Norway. I wrote about how I sometimes feel alone in my greekness,  but being a Greek is really of little significance in the context of moving abroad. I could have been an Italian living in Norway…

The price to pay

A very widespread opinion about the Greek diaspora, is that we chose the easy way, which is to leave Greece and the crisis it’s in and settle abroad. People who still live in Greece, think of us as people who are doing very well, people who have perfect jobs and perfect lives. My goal with…