Should I text him? Amusing infographic for girls (or guys) who like to overanalyse things

Ever since I started doing a weekly round-up for all things social media and digital for work, I’ve developed a love for infographics. A great site to find interesting/amusing visualisations of life’s questions and statistics is visual.ly.

This week I stumbled across this infographic by Becca Clason which looks at a question most girls out there will have pondered more than once: Should I text him?

Click here to see the infographic in more detail.

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The best of London: Nordica’s A-Z

If you’ve ever been to London you know how valuable the trusted A-Z can be. Fair enough, for Londonites with iPhones the A-Z might be playing second fiddle to Google maps, and can now more often be seen in the hands of tourists roaming the city in hunt of the next photo album shot.

However, in honour of the famous A-Z I have decided to take you on a tour of the city, sharing my favourite places and things to do in London. First stop will be A for… not telling you yet!

Watch this space!

Kreativ blogger

I haven’t been as active on here lately as I would have wanted. Without going  into too much detail, mostly because I can’t (just yet), let’s just say it’s been a hectic couple of weeks. So when an email popped into my inbox the other day, saying that Little M of Mummy’s Busy World fame had given me the Kreativ Blogger Award (I wonder if his mami might have had something to do with it..) I was all smiles. Thanks Little M!

The Rules Are:

  • You must thank the person who has given you the award.
  • Copy the logo and place it on your blog
  • Link the person who has nominated you for the award
  • Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting
  • Nominate other Kreativ Bloggers
  • Post links to the blogs you nominate
  • Let the nominated victims bloggers know they have been tagged

Seven things about me that you might find interesting:

1. At 19 I moved to Perugia, Italy, where I spent a year eating, drinking and dancing my way through life for a year. I still count this as one of my best years to date. I did also study Italian at the Universita per Stranieri, but haven’t spoken it for years and years. Can anyone please direct me to a good evening course in London??

2. I was born and raised Norwegian, but when you meet me I sound extremely English. I have many times had to show people my driver’s license to show them that I am in fact Norwegian.

3. Speaking of my driver’s license. On the photo I look like a emo goth (thanks verybusymama) with extremely black & curly hair. Nowadays I have settled for a bottle blonde (my very own mix of it too!) and straight hair as often as I can.

4. I have a slight obsession with Lady GaGa at the moment. Since I am the one choosing the music in the office, I often play her music again and again and again and again…

5. Back in the Northern Country, among the hills and fjords, my family owns and run (to my knowledge) the last beer shop in the country. Yes it’s a shop, completely dedicated to beer. Most of it Norwegian produce, but there are some imported goods too. If you fancy paying it a visit, hurry up! It may not be there that much longer since it was made legal to sell beer in supermarkets a couple of years ago.

6. I grew up above the Arctic Circle. Where the summer nights are never ending and the winter nights are dark and cold…

7. I love food. Food glorious food! I can make pretty much anything if you give me a recipe, and it will usually taste pretty damn good if I may say so myself.

Now it’s my time to share this award, and I would like to nominate Millie who blogged her way through her training to the 2010 London Marathon. Read My Long and Winding Road and feel inspired!

Fashionable?

With May looming, it got me thinking of 17th of May, Norway’s National Day. Not only do we dress up in national costumes that make us look like milk maids (or is that just me?) to celebrate that Norway was declared as an independent nation in 1814. This is kind of strange to me, as we were still under Swedish rule at that point.. Ah well. Anyway, it’s a day we get to dress up in expensive costumes (“bunad”) and eat as much ice cream and as many hot dogs as we want, and walk in parades waving the red, white and blue flag proudly.

Unfortunately I don’t have my “bunad” with me in London, but there are some pictures of me somewhere. But it looks something like this:

picture: dagbladet.no

Stereotypes and curiosities.

The Kingdom of Norway.

Having lived abroad for most of my adult life (Italy, Norway, England, Norway, England – but that’s a whole other blog entry), I have come across people who have heard many things about us Norwegians, some true and some not so true.

So I thought I would address some of these oddities and, perhaps, misconceptions as well as truths about my native country and folk sooner rather than later.

  1. No, polar bears do not roam around freely in our streets.
  2. Surprisingly enough, Norwegians aren’t predominantly tall and blonde (*sighs, looking wishful into the air..). That would be the Swedes, and the Danes. But we do love to colour our hair to keep up appearances (bottle blonde me)!
  3. Yes, parts of Norway will have (almost) complete darkness during winter, and perpetual daylight during summer. That is the place I call home-home. Only 4million of the world’s population of 6.8billion live in the Arctic region, so when you meet one from there, truly treasure the moment! That goes for Norwegians too – only 4.8million of us out there!
  4. We are not all death/heavy metal loving church burners. Yes, some do like death/heavy metal, and yes, some also sadly torched churches. That’s what made the press and it was back in the 90s. But you can find both Hell and Paradis in Norway if you go looking!
  5. We are not all depressed due to the dark polar nights (see point 3).
  6. Nor are we all obsessed with skiing. Personally I much prefer après-ski.
  7. Norwegians invented the ostehøvel (cheese slicer). It goes perfectly with our brunost (brown cheese).
  8. Since our country is fairly cold most of the year and situated on the outskirts of Northern Europe, we do love to travel! Much like our Viking ancestors. But these days we are much more amicable when travelling.
  9. Our alphabet contains three more letters than the English: Æ, Ø and Å.
  10. We may be one of the richest countries in the world, but we can still only buy wine and liquor from special Government owned shops called Vinmonopolet (the wine monopoly). Not to be confused with Vinopolis in London.

These are only but a few of many Norwegian stereotypes out there. I would love to hear any that aren’t listed above!