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

Getting into the Christmas spirit

December was filled with many activities that helped us to get into the Christmas spirit so far from home ... Both boys had Christmas programs at school, each being upbeat, festive and very enjoyable. Reid's was a play in which two kids stayed on … [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...]

Update from the kids

Back from an adventure in the far Northern region of Norway with another American Fulbright family, first a report from the kids ... Ethan: The plane flight to Tromsø was really nice we could see the huge mountains as we were landing. And as we … [Read more...]

Found the Intelevator

Ethan would like to share with everyone that he has found the Intelevator in which silly antics are played out on unsuspecting elevator riders. On one of our shopping trips, because he continues to outgrow everything, we had to find a restroom. We … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving all week long

Thanksgiving day here was just another day. And if it weren't for the internet, we wouldn't have felt that it was any different. But seeing so many posts and tweets about turkey and pie and thankfulness, and headlines about holiday travel, made it a … [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...]

I turned 7!

by Reid Zinser I was feeling excited on November 22nd. I woke up and I saw that Mom put up something that said "Happy Birthday Reidy." And 'Reidy' is one of my nicknames. I ate my breakfast and then I saw a pile of presents on our dining … [Read more...]

Norwegian food culture

For Thanksgiving day in which things are the same daily routine here (minus the birthday of a very special  7-year-old  :-) while back at home there is turkey, stuffing, and other warm Thanksgiving comfort foods being shared, we thought we we would … [Read more...]

Walking around Sognsvann

We found what felt like the 'Cades Cove' of Oslo this past Sunday. Back home Cades Cove is an immensely popular area to visit in the Smoky Mountains. We made the comparison here due to the popularity of these two outdoor locations. The biggest … [Read more...]

Intelevator

Ethan saw these videos in school recently, some pranks from a Norwegian variety show. He has asked to have them posted here for everyone to enjoy. :-) … [Read more...]