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-…

Today

Today, not tomorrow. Because for every “tomorrow” you’ve told yourself, you have constituted today an imperfect day, a day to be spent on not very important activities, rather than what you really want to do. Today, not tomorrow or yesterday. Yesterday is hopeless and it’s useless to ponder on it.  Tomorrow is full of possibility, but for every…

New Year’s resolutions

2017 is finally here, allowing us to put behind a year that seems to have taken from us more than it brought. In that moment the year changed, I think we were all a little relieved and hopeful as to what the new year will bring. Regardless of how difficult 2016 specifically was, we always…

The blame game

“My parents didn’t let me study what I wanted to”, “I didn’t have enough support to pursue my goals in life”. “My parents never understood me/ weren’t there for me”, “I was bullied at school”, “We never ate healthy at home”. The list of excuses we like to use to justify what’s holding us back…

I’m so busy!

My summer vacation, which begun with a 7 hour drive to my grandfather’s funeral, included a lot of driving every day and ended with two days travelling from Gytheio to Oslo, left me tired. The week that followed, which included work, house wife-ing, volunteering and it ended with a trip to Bergen, left me exhausted….

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…

Nostalgia

Every now and then, I catch myself being nostalgic. I’m not always sure what it is I’m nostalgic about. The past, good times with my friends, summer vacation, the younger version of myself, the times that everything was possible… You might think I’m exaggerating since I’m not even 32, yet there’s an old lady living…

A wonderful life!

I recently found a new job, one that I have been waiting for in a long time and that makes me really happy. I finally felt like things fell into place for me, and that everything is great. So, I’ve been going to work, learning new things every day, enjoying the sunny days, spending quality…