DEICHMANSKE BIBLIOTEK

Debeli and me are huge book lovers. While I read two books at the same time, because I cannot decide between professional literature and something completely different, Debeli manages at least one crime story in a week. Luckily, we have a library in the neighborhood that we also use for borrowing various social games, printing and photocopying. Two kroners per piece of paper. The chepest in the city.

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SNUBLESTEINER

In the shadow of the recently celebrated Memorial of Holocaust Remembrance and Prevention of Crimes against Humanity, which is marked every January 27th throughout Europe, I have decided to write a short text about the history of the Jews in Norway and the snublesteiners placed in the larger cities of the country.

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LANGØYENE ISLAND

The weather forecast for 18th of July 2017 predicted a beautiful and sunny day so we decided to take a short trip to the inner part of Oslofjord called Bunnefjorden, in the municipality of Nesodden in Akershus

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AKERSHUS FORTRESS

The building of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus festning) was commenced in 1299 under king Haakon V and was built in order to protect city from enemy attacks. The vicinity of the sea was of great importance because naval majority of Norwegian commerce in that period was by sea. The fortress was strategically important for the capital, and therefore, Norway as well. Whoever controlled Akershus fortress ruled Norway.

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OLD TOWN

Just a couple of hundred meters from new residential block at Sørenga, at the slopes of Ekeberg hill you can find traces of medieval Oslo (Gamlebyen). In a small park called Middelalderparken lies the ruins of St Mary’s Church. The park was built in 2000 and the small lake surrounding the territory represents the Oslofjord as it was once had been.

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