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……

Let me reintroduce myself

During the courses of our lives, lots of changes will take place. We will be met with different challenges, we will learn and expand our horizons and we will definitely go through periods of sadness, joy, grief, anger, or plain stupidity. Even though it’s the very same person going through those changes, there is a…

Why moving to Norway is the best thing I’ve ever done

I thought I’d go for a catchier title this time, but don’t get lured by it. I’m not going to write about how salmon did miracles for my skin or how low temperatures help you burn calories, though the virus-killing cold weather of Oslo, was indeed the end of my recurring bronchitis. Some years ago, I…

When life gets difficult, 10 strategies to cope

From life crisis to financial crisis, unemployment, break ups, depression or stress, we all face challenges in life.  Having lived with an eating disorder for many years and having had to rebuild my life from scratch after moving to Norway, I have gathered some strategies that helped me cope when things got difficult. I’m sharing…

Something missing

  I have now lived in Oslo, Norway for the past three and a half years and I think the Norwegian system and society are advanced in many ways. I come from Greece and it would be blind if I didn’t notice the superiority of the Norwegian education system, healthcare system and the maturity of…

She’s not here anymore…

  She’s not here anymore, You lost her somewhere between being busy and not paying attention. Little by little she faded away while she was walking by your side but you didn’t turn to see. And I don’t think you’ve noticed yet because the echo of her voice pleading lingers… You don’t ask yourself why…

Turn the world off!

  Saturday morning, Oslo. Snow is pouring down outside and our fireplace is packed with wood and burning its ass off to warm up the place. This weekend we made plans to NOT have any plans at all. We even stocked up on food so we don’t even have to pop to the store. It…

Find the Unicorn in your inner bubble! About being 30.

  There’s something strange happening around me lately… All of a sudden, I find myself talking with people who are looking for something, people who feel like they’ve lost something, people in search of meaning or in search of their identity. And I’m one of these people-without that meaning I talk to myself. Well, since…