The adventures of Kurt, Sarah, Ethan, Reid & Leah

Hotel Zinser is now open for business

Seems family and friends prefer the warm to the cold as starting now, we have visitors each month until we leave in July. First up have been our next door neighbors from back home, the Simmons. Three girls, whose ages pair up quite close to our kids, … [Read more...]

Cross Country Skiing Above the Treeline

February was a beautiful time here in Norway. Snow has been abundant along with the cold but the sun is steadily growing stronger and the days longer. This all added up to a great time for school kids in Norway to have their week long winter break. … [Read more...]

Juleaften (Christmas Eve)

Here in Norway Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve. The whole city seems to shut down by 5pm and each household commences with a large meal followed by presents and family time. We were graciously invited to share Juleaften with the family of … [Read more...]

Lighting of the building Christmas tree

We are now experiencing some seriously cold weather. High of 14°F today, high of 21°F yesterday, and tomorrow, a high of a whopping 13°F. This degree of cold is an adjustment for our Southern blood, however we are glad that it brings along with it … [Read more...]

Halloween

We were not sure what to expect of Halloween over here. Back home it is one of the highlights of the year in our neighborhood as the area is teeming with kids of shapes and sizes. Knowing that Halloween is a relatively new phenomena in Norway, we … [Read more...]

An Evening in Asker

As soon as our family announced that we would be living in Norway for a year, one of my parents dear friends reached out to us and suggested that we contact their good friends Helene and Knut who live just outside of Oslo in Asker. After exchanging … [Read more...]

The King’s Guard

Leah and I spent a great day with two other Fulbrighters here from the States. Ann, who is here from Memphis (a fellow Tennessean!) and Judith, from New Mexico, are roving scholars who travel from school to school across Norway conducting class … [Read more...]

Update from the kids …

Hard to believe we will have been here a month this weekend. Kids are two weeks into school and doing well. We asked them to give an update on school and their time in Norway to date ... ETHAN:: I’m surprised it’s been a month already. I’m … [Read more...]

The Lady Bug

[Since we were unable to post much in the last week or so before we got here, we've got a few backposts to catch up on -- this is one of them ...] One of Leah's best friends, Otis, came over for a spot of tea. And just as we were trying to … [Read more...]

Trading rocks

[Since we were unable to post much in the last week or so before we got here, we've got a few backposts to catch up on -- this is one of them ...] Reid has made a couple of really good friends at his elementary school. One if them is Reece whom we … [Read more...]