This post is first of all a contribution and acknowledgement to my wife. She is the most caring, concerning and supportive person I have ever met. She came into my life from the US through the internet 8 years ago and had the guts to come over to Norway.

This has given me the privilege to see my country and our way of living in a new light. Our culture, the way of bring up our children, the Nordic landscapes, the climate, the significant four seasons … everything … became exotic all of a sudden. That’s also what this blog is all about and I’m pleased to see all you visitors and the comments from friends – old and new – and families all over the world.

Life is always fun seen through children’s eyes. They take the environment as is and explore the physics in nature with childlike wonder. Here you see some from a typical Norwegian preschool in the winter wonder land. Despite the temperature or weather conditions, they are out at least two hours a day and show a great deal of creativity in playing.

My wife has her own Nokia telephone (6230i)with camera, of course, and sent me the following message from her part time job at a local preschool: “Here I am on the Norwegian Rivera, the grownups are sunbathing and the children are enjoying a swim!”. You see the Norwegian flag hanging outside becouse it’s one of the children’s birthday.

For Norwegians there is no such thing as a bad weather, only bad clothes. If you look at these children, you see what I mean. I remember from my own childhood, it took some time to dress for the winter season, but then again the strong winter condition never stopped us from having fun. Snow was something we where looking forward to and instead of closing school, we went to school on skis and the recess in the school yard was never more fun than that time of the year. My wife also tells me that one of her co-worker actually skis to work most of the time this winter. That’s the Norwegian spirit. No wonder Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer of the Polar Regions was the first, beating Robert F. Scott, to reach the South Pole in 1911.