In Norwegian there is a word, that means that something is crazy, off the hook and states that something is out of control, that word is “Texas”. You will hear Norwegians say “That was totally Texas” after having a party of epic proportions. The Lone Star State of Texas is the home of the Longhorn, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, Pantera, Thirteenth Floor Elevators, the Giant movie and South By Southwest festival. Welcome to the Lone Star State!
Sorry Europe, and the world, we will not be coming this summer…
We are sad to realize that summer 2021 will be another staycation in Norway for us, not that Norway is […]
Coasteering in Abereiddy Bay, Pembrokeshire (the most fun you can have in a wet suit in Wales)
Coasteering in Pembrokeshire, Wales, is probably the most fun activity we have done the past years of travelling. We did an extensive road trip across the UK a few years ago, and we thought that coasteering in Wales sounded like a cool idea. And it was…
Spain’s Costa Brava, Part 3: the medieval town of Pals (elderly Spanish woman behind an ice cream counter in a small town)
The small medieval town of Pals is probably one of the most charming and cosiest small towns we have ever visited. It could easily be a location for Braavos or King’s Landing in Game of Thrones, it is like travelling back in time.
Spain’s Costa Brava, Part 2: Cadaqués and Cap de Creus
The natural beauty of Cap de Creus and the white city of Cadaqués in the Costa Brava region. Home to Salvador Dali, and a ramblers paradise.
Spain’s Costa Brava, Part 1: LLafranc, Calella de Palafrugell and Cap Roig
The wild and rugged Costa Brava is our favourite part of the Spanish mainland coast. Costa Brava boasts some of the best beaches in Spain, from golden sandy stretches of beach to rocky hidden coves and isolated beaches only accessible on foot.
The Hidden Valley of Sant Quirze de Colera Monastery and El Corral de Sant Quirze, in Spain’s northern Catalunya Region
Searching for a hidden valley in the eastern Pyrenees with a monastery and a restaurant in a Fiat 500.
Kyoto! The Philosopher’s Path, Fushimi Inari Temple and the Golden Pavillion
The cultural capitol of Japan, Kyoto has so much to offer. From the stunning Golden Pavillion to the philosopher’s Path and the torii gates of the Fushimi Inari temple. It is a must visit on any travellers Japan itinerary!
Hello Tokyo! Navigating Shibuya, Shibuku, Harajuku, Golden Gais and having Norwegian coffee at Fuglen Tokyo
The madness of Tokyo, a true hypercity, from temples of reflection to temples of consumption, Tokyo has it all! The food, the crowds, the kawaii, Harajuku and Shinjuku, it will take your breath away!
Roadtripping from Durango via the Turquoise Highway to Colorado Springs and Denver
Last part of our High Desert Adventure from Durango via Albuquerque, the Turquoise Highway and Colorado Springs to Denver.
Harley Davidson Roadtripping from Monument Valley via Arches National Park and Mesa Verde to Durango
Harley Davidson riding from Monument Valley to Arches National Park via Mesa Verde National Park to Durango.
On Harley Davidsons from Albuquerque to Monument Valley via Route 66 and Canyon de Chelly
Harley Davidson riding epic roadtrip from Albuquerque on Route 66 via Indian Route 12 to Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley.
Roadtrip from Denver to Santa Fe via Great Sand Dunes National Park and Taos Pueblo
First part of our high desert adventure in USA from Denver via Great Sand Dunes National Park via Taos Pueblo to Santa Fe.
One Hot Afternoon in Girona (Gelato and the Game of Thrones nerds)
What is the conection between the Spanish city of Girona and the tv-series Game of Thrones? A hidden gem in northern Spain, Girona is a gourmet capitol and a movie buffs wet dream, not to mention the gelato!
Madikwe Safari Lodge and Game Reserve, South Africa
Awesome visit to the Madikwe Game Reserve and lodge in South Africa.
African Safari At The Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp In Masai Mara, Kenya
Our visit to the awesome Kichwa Tembo safari camp in Masai Mara, Kenya.
Let Love Rule!
17 years ago today❤️
Eating Our Way Through Alicante, Spain (and hanging out with men in pointy hats)
For most northern Europeans Alicante is a well-known charter destination for the sun worshipping sun starved northerners. It is more known as a destination than a vibrant Spanish town with great food, plazas and wonderful narrow streets filled with cafes and bodegas. Alicante is blessed with a beach in the city centre, so to combine a weekend of swimming in the sea, eating and drinking in a cosy atmosphere around town, all within a few minutes’ walk of your hotel is no problem.
Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, Spain
Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park in the south-eastern corner of Spain is Andalusia’s largest protected coastal area, a wild and isolated landscape with some of Europe’s oldest geological features. Spain’s southeast coast, where the park is situated, is the only region in mainland Europe with a true hot desert climate.
A Short Visit To Granada, Spain
A fascinating and rich history, a stunning interplay of different architectural styles, beautiful natural landscape, and the Alhambra palace are only some of the reasons why you would want to visit Granada, in the charming southern Spanish Andalusia region.
How To Eat For Free In Spain’s Andalusian Region (The Tapa Experience)
Few regions in Spain still serve free tapas with drinks, the Andalusian region is still an exception. How to eat the most delish Spanish food for free!
Alhambra Palace and Fortress Complex, Granada, Spain
The Alhambra palace and fortress in southern Spain is a must see for any traveller. A unique complex built by the Arabian Nasrid dynasty, the last Muslim dynasty of the Iberian peninsula. Built in the 13th century it is a stunning piece of architecture.
Bikers don’t cry, do they?
Bikers might cry on the road, they just will not admit to it. The beauty of the open roads of USA grips the heart and the soul.
Konichiwa Japan! Our first visit to Japan!
If you are a bit apprehensive about going to Japan, like we were, there is no reason to be we […]
Karpathos, Our Favourite Greek Island Paradise
Everyone tries to find “their” Greek island paradise, and with so many islands to choose from, it is just the case of looking, and you will find your piece of Greek heaven. We found ours at Karpathos.
The Sakura, Japan’s Cherry Blossoming Season
The Sakura is here! The spectacle that is the Japanese cherry blossom season has started in the land of the rising sun. We were so lucky to be able to travel to Japan during the season of blossoming and spirng.
Interview with Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil of Soundgarden
Interview with Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, done for Norway Rock Magazine in 2013 before their show at Oslo Spectrum on the 7th of September.
Pearl Jam Albums Ranked From Not So Bad To Totally Epic!
Pearl Jam albums ranked from not so bad to totally epic. The seventh grunge fathers of Seattle and all their released albums ranked for Norway Rock Magazine.
Interview with Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age
Interview with Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age about life, music, touring and grunge.
London for 8 year olds, a brief guide from uncle and auntie
We know this is a very specific age and topic, but we have only been with 8-year-old kids to London. Specifically our 3 nephews Jonas, Elias, Marcus, and our niece Nora. As a birthday present on their 8th birthday we gave them a trip to London with us, and this is what we learned on those trips with kids.
Love Letters to London, Part 10: Shopping!
There is no doubt that London is a shopper’s mecca. The amount of high street retailers, flagship stores and department stores are second to none in Europe. Here are some of our favourite areas and street to get some retail therapy in London.
Love Letters to London, Part 9: London Markets
On a normal weekend thousands of locals and tourists decend on the many markets in central London. From the daddy of them all, Camden Market, to the biggest antiques market of Portobello Road and the hipsters haven around Brick Lane and Old Spitalfields Market. To visit a market or two while in London is a rite of passage for any visitor.
Love Letters to London, Part 8: Greenwich
Greenwich is home to the National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark and the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory. Add a foot tunnel under the Thames, great pubs and a boutique market, and you have more than one good reason to take the trip to Greenwich.
London Transport Explained
London transport is not a love letter but it is essential to know what to do and what not to do when using London public transport and the airport transfer options. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to handle transport in central London. Mind the gap!
Love Letters to London, Part 7: Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
The great green lungs of London, Hyde Park and Kensignton Gardens are filled with lakes, playgrounds, statues, memorials and great outdoor drinking and eating. When you feel like a rest from the hustle and bustle of central London, the parks are the place to relax and enjoy the silence.
Love Letters to London, Part 6: Pubs!
London is famous for its pubs. A pub is the hub in any local community in Britain. The nectar of life is served in a pint to locals and tourists alike. Here are some of our favourites in London.
Love Letters to London, Part 5: Hampstead Heath
A great little outing from central London is to take the tube to Hampstead (Northern line) and Hampstead Heath park, it is a great walk to one of the great viewpoints of London at Parliament Hill.
Love Letters to London, Part 4: Shoreditch
The hipster’s paradise of Shoreditch has gone from somewhere we were not recommended to go in the 90s to something of a hub for hipster fashion and food.
Love Letters to London, Part 3: Regent`s Canal, Paddington to Camden Lock
A great London canal walk on the Regent`s Canal from Paddington to Camden Lock. A different walk in tranquil surroundings in the heart of London. Great pubs along the way!
Love Letters to London, Part 2: London Sightseeing!
The most epic virtual London sightseeing! We have tried to write down the 5 hour sightseeing we used to do as tour guides in London in the mid 90s. An amazing journey through London`s sights and history.
Love letters to London, Part 1: our second home.
London holds a special place in our hearts. We met in London in 1995. We both worked for a tour operator, and Tanja was already working in the London office, and Ørjan got a surprise posting to London as a freshly trained tour guide. It was the start of our love and our love for London. This is the first part of our London adventures.
Interview with Kerry King of Slayer
Interview done with guitarist Kerry King of Slayer on the eve of their concert at Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway in December 2015. Talking about their new album Repentless, future plans and man as the virus of this planet.
Budapest, beer, baths and beyond
Budapest is one of the classic European cities, situated on the crossroads between east and west it has a bit of everything for everyone. From thermal baths, ruin bars to great food and drinks, Budapest is a mini holiday weekend break dream.
Eagles Of Death Metal at L’Olympia, Paris, 16th February 2016
5 years ago I had the unbelieveable experience of seeing live in concert the rock band Eagles Of Death Metal live in Paris just 3 months after the Bataclan terrorist attacks on 13th November 2015. An emotional concert to celebrate life and love.
Japan Rail Pass, A Short Guide
The Japan Rail Pass is the most excellent method of transport in Japan. Exceptionally clean, fast and on time the bullet trains are the best method to see Japan and move effectively between destinations.
A Very Norwegian Weekend
A very Norwegian weekend is spent at the cabin in the mountains, cross country skiing and of course afterskiing.
The Texas Traverse From El Paso to Terlingua Ghost Town, Big Bend National Park, Fredericksburg and Austin
Everything is bigger in Texas. This roadtrip was filled with epic horizons, ghost towns, natural spring pools and the amazing Big Bend National Park. A great adventure in the lone star state!
New York, New York, New York!
The greatest city on earth, celebrated in movies, songs and poems. The ultimate metropolis, shoppers paradise, hipsters birthplace, music mecca and popular culture hub. New York has everything, and then some!
New York City Walks, Shop `till You Drop!
New York and Manhattan is a shoppers paradise. Everyone has their own needs and preferences, here are some of ours!
Varm photo on a cold Sunday.
Sunday comes from Old English “Sunnandæg,” which is derived from a Germanic interpretation of the Latin dies solis, “sun’s day.” […]