By Kjetil
2011-01-19 15:40:48 CET
Removed my 4 wisdom teeth last friday. The whole procedure and the full narcosis was quite the experience and luckily not too painful. Mashed apples for 3 days wasn't too interesting though. Had some bread today so things are looking good.


By Kjetil
2011-01-12 15:55:46 CET
2011 now and the webpage is still here, but updates are lacking. I may try to link some Picasa albums, but I guarrantee nothing. For info Sophie got married in 2009. In 2008 we bought an appartment. 2010 I qualified for the Magic the Gathering Pro Tour. Since 2008 I have been happily working at a software developing company as a tester. Sophie is still at Amadeus.


By Kjetil
2008-08-25 18:29:36 CET
Hmm free internet at the at the airport in Athens. Thought i'd give it a try. PS very hot here


By Kjetil
2008-03-26 22:57:33 CET
Patrick was celebrating his 54th birthday 5he's still going strong) after the handballtraining today (yes we played football). As he was serving this redwine from 1983 I was joking that it was older than the youngest player of our team, then Patrick started serving one from 1973...


By Kjetil
2008-02-03 22:25:31 CET
Wonder if anybody checks this page anymore. Let me do a test. Sophie and me are getting married in July 2009.


By Kjetil
2007-03-30 19:38:45 CET
Hey Rob! Good to hear from you and I promise I'll answer your email as well. Unfortunately Strasbourg is a long way from Nice it is however a lot closer than Melbourne.


By Kjetil
2007-03-21 16:00:39 CET
Thanks for the feedback. I better keep writing then. Went to Norway last weekend for my Brothers wedding. It was good. Good food and a bit of dancing. Sophie and I went out one day for a walk and a bit fishing. The fish lived on. Helped my Dad buy a new computer but in the end we couldn't connect it to the internet. Vista and ISDN-modems aren't the best of friends.


By Kjetil
2007-03-12 12:17:01 CET
Anyone ever checking this site out any more? I should try and do some updates, but somehow I never find the time. I guess it is a question of priorities. Anyway I am still working as a travel agent for American Express in France and life is good if a bit busy. Sophie and i have vaguely started to look for an appartment to buy, but it is rather expensive in this area.


By Kjetil
2006-07-14 23:23:46 CET
Enough about Christmas already. Anyway things are appening. I got a job. Thanks to Thomas. Then I got another job. Thanks to Sophie's volleyball trainer. And I guess Sophie wouldn't be playing volleyball if it wasn't for North Wollongong International Volleyball Club. Anyway things are looking up. Maybe I'll even add some photos one day.


By Kjetil
2005-12-24 21:17:39 CET
Merry christmas everyone! Sophie and me were lucky this year and got bikes. Well actually we got them more then a month ago, but they still work.


By Kjetil
2005-12-19 11:49:50 CET
Time for a little summary. Even without a job I've been quite busy lately. End of October Sophie and I went to Norway for a weekend and showed up as surprise guests at Tommy and Ann-Carin's housewarming (birthday)party. The short trip also included visits to Bergamo and Milan in Italy. Go figure. Then one week later I celebrated my 30th birthday with a party in our apartment. 29 guests showed up as I served hotdogs norwegian style and norwegian drinks. A good evening it was in a jam packed apartment. Not long after my parents came for a visit and I showed them around the area, but only after taking the to Villard de Lans and some fresh mountain air. My mum taught me some Norwegian Cuisine and my dad cleaned out the garage. Then it was Time for our friend Alexandre's surprise birthday party organised by his girlfriend Marie Claude (canadian by the way). To the mountains and a gîte we went. Due to other obligations (team sports) Sophie and I could unfortunately only stay 1 night. Then last weekend two of my best friends from Norway, Anders and Tommy, came down to the french riviera for a weekend. Together we did some sightseeing in Cannes, Monaco and Nice as well as countless hours playing Risk. And during all this time Sophie's volleyball team keeps winning and one day out of nowhere Adriano was back on the world wide web spinning yarns to amuse all of us and giving me a good reason to keep this website moving along...


By Kjetil
2005-12-11 00:18:15 CET
Anders just put men in the north west terrritory as a non-agressive protection of greenland.


By Kjetil
2005-10-08 18:27:45 CET
So going to the beach on the 8th october for a swim is no problem on the french riviera. Actually i would guess the water still holds more than 20°C.


By Kjetil
2005-09-07 11:45:51 CET
After two blazing hot days autumn turned up on Monday. The sea still holds 24°C, but the air is much fresher and the rain is piling on. Having traveled this world a bit I've seen a number of different weather types. Torrential rain in Australia. Pressure coocking hot in Las Vegas. Blizzards in Norway. But the phenomenon that has surprised me the most is thunder and lightening on the French Riviera. I have off course been exposed to this most other places I've been too, but the sound here is at a whole new level. The thunders are so loud it's almost like the buildings shake. No wonder Thomas looks out the window to see if a bomb has gone off somewhere...


By Kjetil
2005-07-14 11:49:28 CET
Felicitations! Today is the "fête national" of France. Why? Well back in 1789 a prison called the "Bastille" was stormed because civilians were searching for gunpowder. An important event during the french revolution which had enourmous practical and sybolical significance.


By Kjetil
2005-07-07 21:17:23 CET
Just to clarify: The reason I am not writing in Norwegian is that luckily all Norwegians I know can read english. This way I save some time. The reason I have started adding french is that besides being good exercise for me it was a strong wish in the francophone community. In other news I'd like to say that that last weekend was spent in Macedonia attending Zoran and Majda's wedding. A very good experience indeed. We even picked up some of the macedonian language. I doubt I'll start adding that here though. Dobro?


By Kjetil
2005-06-23 14:21:20 CET
It's dreadfully hot and I am out on the balcony putting wax on skis and Sophie's snowboard. Should have done it ages ago off course, but at least now it reminds me of cooler times.


By Kjetil
2005-06-07 21:44:40 CET
Played a match in the Sophia games beach volleyball tournament today. The other team had a player that was taller than Thomas and spiked harder than Nico (le grand). Didn't help them much. Some good old fashioned luck (og svensken) helped us through to the top 32 (out of 128). So we play again tomorrow. Sophie's 10th day in row playing volleyball. I think I know which shirts we might wear in memory of where it all started.


By Kjetil
2005-06-05 13:38:58 CET
Other things we saw on Corsica: Lots of farm animals walking around on the roads (cows, goats and pigs). Interesting rock formations and snowcapped mountains. A world rally championship team (peugeot) testing.


By Kjetil
2005-05-30 23:05:54 CET
Back from a nice holiday in Corsica. A very beautiful island indeed. Big enough to offer a lot and small enough to see a lot of it over a short period of time (6 days). I guess there is a lot we've still haven't seen, but what I have seen makes me want to go back. So what did we see? Well the first ting that comes to mind is clear water. The sea is very clear which gives the whole coast turquoise color and makes some beaches stunning. I'll be back with more...


By Kjetil
2005-05-21 16:01:12 CET
They opened the swimming pool today! Great! New rule, speedos are obligatory for men! NOT so great!


By Kjetil
2005-04-21 18:19:36 CET
As my brother has pointed out in the guestbook the chances of us having a crash were pretty high. He's also correct in saying that our car wasn't very nice, that has however changed now as Sophie has bought a 206 from year 2000. After almost a week of trying it out we're pretty happy with it. Hopefully it will serve us well and long...


By Kjetil
2005-04-08 21:51:38 CET
Big crash today. Car crash that is. We're ok, the car isn't. Guess that means a new car. Wasn't our fault, so hopefully insurance will pay for the new one. For those worried parents in another part of the world I repeat that we're ok.


By Kjetil
2005-03-28 12:47:16 CET
And then there was summer. It snowed on the 3rd of march. We went cross-country skiing on 13. march. Today it is summer or at least in Norway we would call this a nice summer's day. Spring is short in the south of France. Then again it is never really winter. Infact I would compare the climate here with the one in Wollongong. To me that means 5-7 months of summer and 5-7 months which is a mix of autumn and spring. The temperatures are more extreme here in the south of France though. It does get colder in winter. I mean I never saw snow falling in Wollongong and we lived at quite an altitude in the Creston building. However I am under the impression that it is also warmer here in the summer. I assume it is because the Mediterranean sea or more precisely the Ligurian Sea heats up more quickly than the Tasman sea.


By Kjetil
2005-03-22 09:43:49 CET
I almost bought a rabbit today. A dead rabbit that is. Actually I am not sure if it was one rabbit or parts of several. However after pondering for a few moments I decided against it. My Norwegian upbringing let me down. I had no way of knowing whether or not the price was good and the meat was quality. It said special offer on the packets, but what do I know. Perhaps it was just to trick the foreigners...


By Kjetil
2005-01-27 00:48:04 CET
Where to begin. Oh yes the snow. Most people I know have a reference to snow so let us begin with something familiar. Actually the presence of snow is rather rare at my present location. I mean during winter we can basically see it every day cause the mountains in the distance are covered with it. But here in the lowlands, close to the sea, it's a crowdpleaser. Well at least an interesting phenomenon. I remember back in my younger days in Norway we were always hoping that school would be called off after a snowy day, evening and night. Sometimes we would get a meter of snow or even more, but a day off school? Never! So to me this last monday and the following tuesday was a rather comic affair. Yes it did snow a lot. Yes even I was a bit surprised. However I was more surprised by the effects it caused. Now I did say it snowed much, but it was still about 5°C outside and at least where we live the snow hardly stayed on the ground and certainly not on the roads. So what did this cause you may ask. Well for starters Sophie and her colleauges (about a 1000 of them) were told to go home from work as were workers in other big companies hence causing several traffic jams. The newspaper spent 3 pages on the whole happening. The next day which I have to point out was sunny and the roads were in perfect condition, we had an orange alert whatever that means (the day before had apparently been a red alert) and at last but not least the kids got the day off school cause the buses would not do the drive. Lucky french kids... OK on to next topic. Saw my second wild boar yesterday. Once again crossing the street in front of the car. At first I thought it was a dog. Then I thought that it was one ugly dog. Then I understood it was to ugly to be a dog, so I concluded it was a wild boar. Now I like to live by the rule that if you can't say anything nice about someone don't say anything at all. So I'll add that while not as majestic as an elk it sure is funny. Actually the drawings in Asterix is more or less spot on... Funny thing happened in the supermarket today. I had lined up at the checkout, which in France is a rather slow moving thing. To my amusement a norwegian dad and his kid son lined up behind me. I pondered whether or not to start a conversation. The dad took off rather quick however and left the kid to guard the trolley and their spot in the line. The kid lifted a pizza out from the trolley and asked (I guess) me in perfect french what kind of saussage it was on it. A bit bewildered I answerd in French "c'est chorizo" and then waited 5 seconds before I added "pepperoni" which is what the rest of the world calls it. The kid gave me a surprised look and asked what nationality I was and when given the answer he simply said "hei". And that is where the conversation more or less ended. I tried different approaches, but were left with no responses. I guess once in Norwegian mode he played his role according to stereotype. I mean while talking french he addressed a stranger with a question whereas when asked simple questions in Norwegian he shyly did not answer. Instead he did what all kids do when they are left alone. Nothing good. By this time I had lost interest and wasn't really looking, but I think he opened a juice bottle and spilled some over the other groceries. Not long after the dad returned and gave him a verbal lashing. I felt a bit embarrassed considering the dad probably assumed there were no Norwegians around and didn't hold back. I guess the dad would have been even more embarrassed had he found out I was Norwegian. Luckily the kid didn't blow my cover and 20 minutes later I found myself leaving the supermarket to my knowlegde still in orange alert.


By Kjetil
2005-01-12 22:38:18 CET
We won another handball match today. So far we've won all except for one draw. I mention today's game cause something peculiar happened. Story of my life in France I guess. Early in the first half one on the other team unfortunately got hurt pretty bad. So who were we gonna call. Maybe Norwegians have an own way of doing things, but I would go for the ambulance. In France, off course no. Here they call the firemen. I just wonder who they call if there is a fire?


By Kjetil
2005-01-07 17:31:15 CET
C'est oui, pas "ouais"! Turns out that I am catching bad habits concerning my french. Having habits in a new language might be a sign that you are getting good, but when it will work against you for example in a job interview it's not a good sign. "Ouais" is the slangy/lazy way of saying yes and perhaps the biggest problem is that this is the form Sophie tends to use. Talk about inhouse problems...


By Kjetil
2005-01-01 04:41:07 CET
It's 4 hours and 15 minutes into 2005. I am pretty tired, but thought I better leave a happy new year message to you all. Today, or at least the first minutes of today, I learned that the Norwegian way of celebrating the new year could be a tourist attraction. For those of you not in the loop the last 5 minutes of the year gone by and the first 15 minutes of the new year is in Norway is spent by lighting as much fireworks as you can get your hands on. This is of course pretty uncoordinated and dangerous, but when you have approximately 25000 (that's just in Porsgrunn) people doing it at the same time it is pretty impressive. Just ask Sophie. Off course this year was a bit toned down due to the recent events in the south east asia. People understandably gave money to help organisations like the red cross and unicef instead of buying fireworks. Even though I did not know he was there I was glad to hear that my friend Tharald and his family was OK after the tsunami. 3 years ago I visited some of the places in Thailand that has been affected. I don't think can imagine how it is there today, but I do hope their luck turns...


By Kjetil
2004-12-25 15:21:45 CET
...and then there was snow.Funny how much a landscape can change in one night's sleep. Good it was though cause the snow goes good with the new cross country skis I gave Sophie for x-mas. She was like a kid this morning when she looked out the window and like a danish person once she got those skis on.


By Kjetil
2004-12-24 11:40:23 CET
Joyeux Noël! Season greetings from Norway! May you all have a merry one. The x-mas dinner is not far away now (we celebrate on the 24. in Norway). A success for sure. Then there are presents to be opened. I have a feeling there will be some surprises. The only thing missing is snow. There's more snow in France then here at the moment. Go figure...(skating)


By Kjetil
2004-12-04 10:31:47 CET
I guess it's common knowlegde that frenchmen like to be a bit artistic. However the way they express their arty side keeps astonishing me. Some of their intersections I'd rather take a photo of than drive through. They play cardgames without shuffeling the deck. They construct new villages without making room for parkingspots. They all more or less know how to dance rock'n roll (swing). I don't even wanna start about their language. The list goes on, but the one thing that keeps me giggeling is the way their handball referees do their handsignals. Now I know that American baseball referees somtimes put's an extra effort into their bodylanguage. I have also seen Australian Rugby league referees do some funny stuff. The thing with the french referees though is that they take a signal that at least I thought was universal and change it. Somtimes to unrecognizable statures. Luckily so far I've been able to decipher the signals out of the context of the game, but I have to say that on my inside I've been laughing hard...


By Kjetil
2004-11-25 19:44:00 CET
When the door is locked when you leave the house and if you come back alone you need a key. A lesson hard learned. Sometimes that is the best way learn cause you'll remember better. I think today's lesson will be haunting me for quite a while. As we left the building this morning I was disputing with myself whether to take a key or not. I even asked Sophie for her thoughts on the subject. I kinda concluded that there was no way I would need a key today cause I would come back with Sophie who'd have a key. 7 Hours later this conclusion was no longer recorded on my internal hard-drive. Maybe I had a virus? I was indeed coughing a bit. So with that in mind... I mean not in mind I decided to change return route to chez nous (home) which consisted of a train ride, a bus ride and eventually Sophie picking me up at Supermarket that would be no closer to home than where I would have boarded the train. Instead I opted for a brisk walk that I would compare to scaling Mount Keira starting from Wollongong City Center or going to the top of valleraasen starting at Porsgrunn Train station. I wasn't afraid though as I was equipped with my MP3-Player and a pair of Lowe walking shoes. The walk turned out to be quite nice with a historic village and good views of Cannes. 1 and 1/2 hour later I happily exited a path previously unkown to me and directly on to our street. Quite content I started searching my pockets for a key and then reality hit me...


By Kjetil
2004-11-20 14:43:58 CET
Sophie just went out to fix the car and as soon as I've finished writing this post I'll do the dishwashing. That's beyond post modern for you...


By Kjetil
2004-11-01 14:29:58 CET
A good weekend is close to over. Monday is a holiday cause it's all saints day (for you young people: I am not talking about the pop group). We left Rob and Mike at the train staition this morning in pouring rain. It was pretty much wet the whole weekend, but I still think they enjoyed themselves. Mike stayed in character while Rob told us about his recent out of character adventures. Rob also revealed he has never been to Adelaide unless he was brought there in a private jet while he was sleeping...


By Kjetil
2004-10-29 23:15:16 CET
Adriano: "Hi is said, but the Scotland tactic didn't quite work out as they just came from there and the weather was splendid." Rob and me got soaked today while sightseeing. Mike slept. Due to to the weather I think I got more photos of Mike sleeping than sights...


By Kjetil
2004-10-29 01:23:44 CET
Not many hours before I pick up Rob and Mike at the airport. I am a bit worried cause the weather has been terrible the last couple weeks and the forecast for the weekend is not very good. I am not quite sure how I can entertain them if the bad weather continues. Hopfully it clears up by tomorrow and hopully in the mean time I can get some sleep. Oh and hopefully by next week I have figured out a way to win games in Magic.


By Kjetil
2004-10-25 16:19:29 CET
Some more friends with websites have been added as well as one without. How does that work out?


By Kjetil
2004-10-22 16:19:32 CET
Did my first draft yesterday. Have to admit opening those boosters was pretty exciting. Unfortunately Isamaru, Hound of Konda eluded me. Luckily "Devouring greed" and "Cage og hands" ensured that I didnt loose all my matches...


By Kjetil
2004-10-20 17:50:47 CET
At the moment I am out of "new" photos to add to the website. It doesn't mean we haven't done anything lately though. It's just that I haven't brought the camera lately. Last Saturday we helped Marine to move. Turned out she was moving to this house in a hillside were the only way to travel the last 150 meters was by feet on a narrow and very steep path. Wasn't too bad though as she had lots of good helpers which were rewarded with champagne and Foie Gras at the end. Would have been fun to have some pics. I guess this just proves that a small camera that you can always have in your pocket is a good idea. The day after we went climbing in La Turbie. Now I have already posted som photos from the same site so I am not too sad that I forgot my Canon. Besides we had friends with cameras who have already posted the photos online. I'll remember to add them to "friends online" soon. Well that being said I may have some old pics that's worth posting and I know I'll have more new material soon as Mike and Rob are coming for a visit. In addition we might do some moving of our own soon worthy of a couple of pics. So stay tuned or should I say keep me bookmarked.


By Kjetil
2004-10-15 17:24:04 CET
My sense of snow seems to be quite good afterall. Today Sophie reported from work that she could see snow in the Mountains.


By Kjetil
2004-10-14 00:55:10 CET
After living for over 2 years in a climate rather different from the one in Norway I think I have lost my sense of snow. So my utterings about temperatures and related topics must be seen with that in mind. I do however believe that most Frenchmen and also Australians for that sake would agree with me when I say that autumn has arrived in south of France (actually they probably said that some time ago). It is less than two weeks since I went to the beach and had a swim, but the last few days have brought on some temperatures sub 20°C. Well this prompts us to slightly change our spare time. Coincidentially Sophie and me have just started learning to play a new card game that should go good together with "cold" winter nights. Well it's more like a strategy game with special cards. The name is "Magic the gathering" and the game has over 6 million players worldwide. It just so happens that our friend Antoine ended up 91st place in the last world championships where the winner bagged $35,000. I guess I don't have to mention it's a great way to learn. It's like being taught chess from Kasparov.


By Kjetil
2004-10-10 12:07:46 CET
Yesterday we were spectators at two relatively different events. First we went to see the second half of Thomas' football game which was quite interesting (not to mention understandable). Thomas played pretty good, but needs to be more agressive and mobile in order to find open spaces (listen to the expert). After the match we went to a game of teather sports (match d'impro). Allthough not bad it was for me a bit hard to understand. I guess also the absense of France's best player, monsieur Ardouin, due to an ankle injury hurt the overall quality. I'll give it a year and try again.


By Kjetil
2004-10-07 10:19:29 CET
Spent last weekend in Montpellier visiting Olivier (one of Sophie's brothers). In less than 48 hours we managed to squeeze in a trip to the beach, a town visit, a closer look at the ruins of an old castle and a walk to the highest summit in the area. Pretty good indeed.


By Kjetil
2004-09-30 00:03:34 CET
Had our first match of the season today. Just a friendly, but still a match. Halfway through the first half I thought I'd better find out who we were facing. Luckily my french is good enough for this task, but the answer still left me a bit wondering. Turned out we were playing the referees. No wonder they used all the dirty tricks they knew the referee couldn't see...


By Kjetil
2004-09-26 17:37:35 CET
30 meters is high. Especially if there is nothing between you and the ground. I was in this situation today, but luckily I was attached to a rope and hanging on to a mountainside. Actually I'll say 30 meters is enough...


By Kjetil
2004-09-22 10:26:09 CET
Yesterday it was 1 year since I moved to France and also 2 years since me and Sophie got together. Time flies, so it must be good. I remember I kind of gave myself 1 year to learn French. Well I am not fluent, but I'd say my understanding is fairly good and I can stammer a sentence here and there. Next task is to get a job...


By Kjetil
2004-09-14 17:01:28 CET
The wedding was cool. Even had it's own private little train (both the married works for the French Railway). I'll put some pictures up probably later than sooner. My jobhunt has started for real now and today I applied for a job at Amadeus. Tomorrow I will aplly for a job at HELI RIVIERA. Hopefully applying for at least one job a day will result in something...


By Kjetil
2004-09-09 21:15:40 CET
Just left Mike and Jenny at Antibes train station. It was great to have them come visit. Hopefully they enjoyed it. By now they should be on the night train to Venezia (Venice) and tomorrow Sophie and me will try a night train of our own. We're heading to Aurelie's wedding. My second French wedding and as usual I know next to noone. Luckily my french is a bit better this time and armed with my Koala tie (generously donated to me by my good friend Jeff) and my Thai tailor made suit I feel confident...


By Kjetil
2004-08-29 01:13:06 CET
Well now it is more or less not exactly 1 week and 4 hours since I stepped in my first dogshit in France. It deserves a mention considering I avoided it for some considerable time. I guess the odds finally caught up with me since it took me a year to plant my feet in a soft fresh dog poo. Wonder how my Australian friend Max is doing with the same challenge. He has moved to Paris and I assume the circumstances are 100 times worse there than here and 10000 times worse than Norway...


By Kjetil
2004-08-25 00:53:22 CET
Thanks to Jenny and her mum Linda(which I see signed guestbook today) I'll soon be the owner of a MP3 player. This is something I have thought about buying for probably closer to 5 years. Coincidences and waiting for the right product(and money) have always delayed the buy. The thing is that electronics is dirt cheap in the USA (I should have bought 2) and luckily Jenny is coming to europe soon...


By Kjetil
2004-08-16 21:50:00 CET
The handball training has started again. We're only jogging at the moment. Perhaps I shouldn't say only, cause it is not only only. I spent 53 minutes and 41 seconds before I came back to where we started. I guess I can get this time a bit down though cause I kinda got lost in the French forest. Still we'll do this twice a week. It is hard to stay at the top of the bottom...


By Kjetil
2004-08-11 23:20:24 CET
Tried to do a 6a today, but no go. The 5c however turned out to be reasonable. Now if only French banks could be a bit more uptodate things would run more smoothly...


By Kjetil
2004-08-08 23:15:54 CET
The car starts again (la voiture se démarre encore). We didn't touch it all saturday and most of sunday. Thanks to the help of good friends we could still do a nice walk sunday and play some waterbasket and enjoy yet another wonderful BBQ chez Alexandre. And then in the evening when Julien was ready to use his giant strenght to push the car it started with just the turn of the key. I guess it dried up...


By Kjetil
2004-08-07 00:50:10 CET
Went to a houswarming party at chez Sylvain & Emilie today. For a while we were as many scandinavians(for followers of the diary I would like to point out that this is the second time that I call myself a Scandinavian) as french people there and it was interestring to notice that the Swedes mostly had the same experiences in France as me. A nice gathering it was and luckily we had Nico to drive us since our car is still not igniting (there is no h in that word, I checked).


By Kjetil
2004-08-05 09:13:25 CET
Today the nature got the best of me. It had been raining all night and just after I pulled out the garage to drive Sophie to work we encountered a big puddle, more like a small lake. A bit sceptic I went ahead and tried to cross. No go. I ended up with water to my knees pushing the car out of the water. The car at the time of writing has not started again. Luckily for Sophie she got a lift. Me on the other hand had to forget about going to the Casino. I know my mom doesn't believe in casinos, so I have a hunch she might have had a word with God. Hopefully my brother which should be somewhere in Italy on his motorbike got clear of the weather. I just had a look in my "Every womans quick and easy car care" book "A worry-free guide to car troubles, trials and travels" and it says nothing about puddles or water in the engine room. I can only conclude that either crossing a deep puddle is not something women do or it is not a worry-free trial and travel. I guess I'll go for the last one considerng when we came across the puddle I more or less asked the question "will this work" and Sophie answered something along the lines of "Yeah go". Then again it could just be a norwegian problem. Petter Solberg has been stopped by water twice lately and I'm following, if not quite his tyre marks, his example.


By Kjetil
2004-07-25 22:51:19 CET
A good weekend has passed. Friday we had a picnic at the beach in Nice with my French professors and friends. Thomas, Alex and Marine also showed up and a jolly time it was. Saturday we went to see the movie Farenheit 911 at the cinema in Cannes. I'll have to say the haves and the haves-more(or should we say the base) shock me. On a funnier note I have to mention that on the way to the movie we ran into Aurelie(Sophie's good friend) and her soon to be husband Alex and a niece. Quite a coincidence considering they were just in Cannes for the day and came from the other side of France with the train and returned the same evening in the same manner (they get free traintravel because they work for the traincompany). I guess this means I shouldn't play Lotto for a while. Today we went climbing with good friends. I now have my own climbingshoes and a harness. Makes it a bit more funny, but it is still damn hard. I guess 105 kilos isn't exactly the ideal weight to drag up a mountainside...


By Kjetil
2004-07-18 16:57:45 CET
There was not too much traffic and the 205 brought us safely home. A nice vacation is over and tomorrow we're back at work. I only got 5 days left of my work placement and after that hopefully I can find some real work...


By Kjetil
2004-07-17 22:43:03 CET
We're now at chez Michel & Magali. Michel has showed us around Grenoble while Magali is in Russia. After a good vacation in Les 2 Alpes we're spending one night in Grenoble before heading back to the azur blue coast. We're a bit worried we might hit traffic tomorrow and we're praying the 205 will hold up.


By Kjetil
2004-07-13 21:28:54 CET
Holiday so far is good, ok weather, long walks and second place in the beachvolleyball tournament.


By Kjetil
2004-07-08 14:37:27 CET
The French course finished last friday and I am currently doing a work placement at Actif Azur in Sophia Antipolis. It is an association where old/used computers are fixed and sold. I would say that I am now an expert concerning IBM G51 monitors. Next week I'll have my first week of vacation since the end of January. Sophie is taking vacation as well and we're most likely heading for the mountains...


By Kjetil
2004-07-01 02:15:41 CET
Diva, the consulting company Sophie is hired by, had a dinner for all their employees today. The better halves were also invited. Because of this the evening was spent at a nice restaurant with a private beach were we played volleyball in the water and enjoyed a 5 course meal at the table. I certainly enjoyed myself and even understood some of the conversation...


By Kjetil
2004-06-23 22:17:14 CET
I wont swear on it, but I am pretty sure that today I called myself Scandinavian for the first time in my life. Because of recent events I decided to wear my fake Italy jersey (Del Piero) this morning to the French course. And sure enough I got some response: Not long after I parked the 205 two roadworkers adressed me and offered their condolences. I more or less answered "don't worry I am Scandinavian". I think they enjoyed that. (Take note:The whole exchange was done in French). Think some people will remember 2-2 for a long time, perhaps especially the Italians...


By Kjetil
2004-06-20 16:27:06 CET
Thanks to Else and Ole Jonny (Thomas' parents) I now have some Melkesjokolade again (the best chocolate in the world). Probably wont last to long, but at least it will keep me going for a while...


By Kjetil
2004-06-18 20:13:37 CET
Turns out that walking on hot asphalt barefeet can be more disastrous in France than in Norway. One experence richer and more time to watch the Euro 2004...


By Kjetil
2004-05-31 22:42:54 CET
The weekend of Whit turned out to be pretty good. Always good to have an extra day off here and there to reflect upon the French conjugations. Saturday, Sophie and I took part in a football tournament arranged by Amadeus the company where Sophie works. The tournament turned out to be quite fun and we met (well me in particular since Sophie knows a lot of the people she works with) some new nice people. 26 teams lined up and the competition was stiff. Teams were flown in from departments in London and Munich and there was talk of a former premier league player partaking. Sophie had actually been on the winning team the year before which had since been dismantled. There were actually just two players from that team playing in this year’s event, Sophie being one of them. This year's outing turned out to be a bit different, but perhaps not for the worse. We did not win the tournament. In fact we lost 3 out 4 group matches and ended up in the losers’ pool. There however we won all of our matches and fished in a respectable 17th place. The upsides were that we had fun and this year Sophie scored a goal. In fact everybody scored a goal except for Benoit, but then again Benoit was the only one not to let in a goal as a goalkeeper (hope my memory serves me right). We also ended higher up on the ranking than our sparring partners "Orkadr" (which was kind of our unwritten goal). In addition we won t-shirts for being the champions of the losers’ pool, which is pretty good considering a t-shirt is what Sophie won last year as a part of the winning team. And as this wasn't enough during lunch Sophie won a DVD-player on a tom bola (not to mention that Julian won a key ring on the same tom bola). After the tournament our team "NGI" and "Orkadr" met at chez-nous for a BBQ to discuss the events of the day and celebrate with champagne. All in all a pretty good day.


By Kjetil
2004-05-16 21:08:46 CET
Tickets for going to Norway this christmas are already booked. If we go or not I guess time will tell. The plan is to land at Gardemoen monday 20. December and stay until the 2.of January. PS! Summer has started and I'm sunburned...


By Kjetil
2004-05-14 18:10:18 CET
May is turning out to be quite a busy month. After a couple of rounds with French bureaucrazy I have sucessfully (at least I hope) managed to continue my French course and to send an application trying to get an exemption from paying interest and deferment of payment to Laanekassa. Last weekend Oliver (Sophie's brother) dropped by. This weekend Aurelie(Sophie's friend) and her boyfriend are visiting and next weekend Sophie's parents are coming. Luckily Sophie's on vacation next week so she can can relax a little bit. May is also the last month of the handball season. We have two matches left. One against Conte next wednesday and then on the saturday following we face Vence. Vence is currently number 1 and we are in second. If we beat them we'll win the championship(unless we lose to Conte that is). Could happen, but I think it will be hard.


By Kjetil
2004-05-05 14:44:30 CET
The paper chase part 2: Think I should have everything I need to continue my French course now. It took just under 3 hours to get my temporary residency permit. 2 hours and 50 minutes waiting(45 standing) and 5 minutes of paperwork. Good thing I had a mobilephone with some games on it...


By Kjetil
2004-05-03 19:35:37 CET
It is pretty obvious that I'll have a car crash sooner than later so I might as well prepare for it mentally. I don't like to point fingers, but in this case I'll put it down to bad road engineering, too many cars on the roads and crappy french drivers. I am not saying that I am a good driver, but I would like to again emphasize that french drivers(especially down here in the south) are crappy. Hmm maybe I like to point fingers. Is it bad to point fingers? When something is wrong shouldn't someone point it out. Maybe I should send an email to someone responsible...


By Kjetil
2004-04-28 16:04:50 CET
First leg of the paper chase is through. They are actually rather helpful at the ANPE(Unemployment office(arbeidskontoret)) in Le Cannet, the system though is incomprehensible. To continue at my French course I need a paper from the ANPE saying I can continue. But since I am already going to a the French course I am not registered at the ANPE. Fair enough I just reregister at ANPE. Nope wrong. To be registered at the ANPE I have to register at the Assedic(the organisation who takes care of the unemployment benefits(which I have no right to have)). Luckily the Assedic is in a building next to the ANPE. When finally all the paperwork is in order though I will have to unregister from the Assedic. In realtiy I have to register in order to start something I have already started and then when I start I will unregister again. In theory this should actually be impossible, but luckily somehow it works. "Sa marche" as they say in France. Now next wednesday I head for the Prefecture to get a temporary permit for residency and that is different chapter alltogether...


By Kjetil
2004-04-26 20:00:38 CET
Busy times here in the south of France. After returning from easter holidays in Nantes I've been offered a continuation at the French course I am going to. This is certainly good seeing as my French is far from good. The problem is that it requires a lot of paper work and navigation through the French bureaucracy. I am however getting experienced at this game so hopefully I'll pull through...


By Kjetil
2004-04-08 20:48:49 CET
Thanks to my teammate Lionel I have just spent 9 good days doing a workplacement which was needed for my French course. He set me up with a research center at an engineer school to produce a template for a newsletter they were gonna start producing. Turned out pretty interesting as we chose XML as a means to automate the process and make it easier for whomever is going to edit it. Delivered the finished product today and I have to say it was pretty good. As this is groundbreaking research I am sorry I cannot share any other details... Sophie has also been very busy as her workteam's projects are reaching duedates. Luckily now we are ready for a few days of holiday and a trip to Nantes. Sophie's grandmother, "Mamie", is turning 80 and we'll be there for the celebrations. A good chance for me to practice my newly aquired french skills! Unfortunately French is way harder than XML...


By Kjetil
2004-04-05 11:50:20 CET
Well I survived my experience as a goalkeeper and we even managed to win the game. Agressive Italians were more interested in fighting towards the end, but luckily they ran out of time before they got in any damaging punches. Yesterday I had my first dip in the sea this year and I have to say it was refreshing allthough not frightening. Give it a couple of weeks and I think it will be Norwegian summer temperatures...


By Kjetil
2004-04-03 18:16:56 CET
Time to go and play my first handball game in Italy. If I'm lucky I'll end up being the goalie. Now for those of you who have seen handball would probably agree with me when I put forward that the role of a handball goalkeeper is an extreme sport. So wish me luck...


By Kjetil
2004-03-31 16:40:34 CET
Exciting things are happening. Suddenly old friends are popping out of nowhere(see Erik's entry in the guestbook) and making contact. There is talk of a 10 year reunion for my "high school graduating class". Could be interesting. Don't feel that I have changed much. Perhaps a bit wiser and responsible (at least I hope so). Maybe I have a bit more confidence as well. Wonder how my friends have changed...


By Kjetil
2004-03-18 21:00:48 CET
Some good news on the French riviera today; Thomas got a job (congratulations) which is good and also gives me hope that I eventually can get one. Stay tuned...


By Kjetil
2004-03-15 00:10:43 CET
Made my second phonecall in French Saturday. Again it was to Patrick, but luckily this time it was to say that I could play that evening. An d a good evening it turned out to be. We beat Villefranche 32-17 and afterwards we had a good dinner at a restaurant in Nice. I was on a roll and delivered my first speech in french...


By Kjetil
2004-03-11 19:52:48 CET
Made my first phonecall in french today. Unfortunately it was to tell Patrick, my handball coach, that I was too sick to play today's game. Hopefully I get better quick so that I can play on Saturday.


By Kjetil
2004-03-05 21:05:14 CET
Today Sophie said the following:"I put my first segment on the TPF, Yahoo!", when talking about her job. If someone actually know what that entails, please let me know.


By Kjetil
2004-03-03 14:31:31 CET
On sunday it snowed here and today I played volleyball in shorts and t-shirt...


By Kjetil
2004-03-02 19:53:52 CET
It took a French course in France before I got to learn the bra sizes at school...


By Kjetil
2004-02-22 23:12:44 CET
Today I learned a couple of things. Snow isn't always white and wet roads can be treacherously slippery. Photos of brown snow will appear sooner or later and we are luckily just fine...


By Kjetil
2004-02-21 14:40:21 CET
Today I've witnessed a rather interesting phenomenon. Sand has travelled with winds from Sahara and landed here. Coupled with rain it makes a rather muddy and dirty scene. Wonder how it will affect the snow conditions...


By Kjetil
2004-02-18 20:21:27 CET
Today I got a speeding ticket (well actually Sophie did cause I was caught in a speed camera and the car is registered in Sophie's name). Allthough I am not exactly happy for it indirectly I am. It means something is done about speeding down here which is a problem. Today going to my french course I was delayed because of two seperate car crashes and ended up being 20 minutes late. Crashes is a daily thing here and a bother hopefully French politicians start taking it seriously. On an other note I would like to say that it is ironic that I get a speeding ticket considering I drive slower than 90% of the people here...


By Kjetil
2004-02-13 23:16:35 CET
Perhaps my first name doesn't travel well, but it does create some comedy. The various pronounciations and iterpretations that come forth as I encounter people form different countries with different language backgrounds are countless. The best one yet though has to be the one 3 Tunisian guys in my French class has come up with. After hearing my name pronounced a couple of times they decided to stick with "Jet Li". So there it is, I am now name brother with an asian actor specialising in martial arts movies.


By Kjetil
2004-01-26 21:37:00 CET
Finally today I started my long awaited french course. So for the next 3-4 months I'll be doing 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. Hopefully at the end of it I can construct some sentences. Also have to mention that on Saturday we went to a party were one of the hosts allthough french had an Indian heritage. While browsing through his playlist to my joy I found Shava Shava. When Sophie enquired about it our host was a bit surprised, but happily played it. Turned out to be a dance version and didn't quite have the same impact without the video. However still very cool in a bollywood kind of way...


By Kjetil
2004-01-15 02:11:20 CET
After almost hitting a wild pig with the car in France not to long ago it was a deer's turn to be in the headlights today. The incident happened about 100 meters from my parents house in Norway. Luckily both deer and driver (me) left the scene in tip top condition.


By Kjetil
2004-01-08 21:08:32 CET
I'm back in Norway fora short two weektrip. Pretty nice here with the snow. I'll try and take soome nice pictures to post. However it will take approximately 2 weeks before I post any new pics...


By Kjetil
2004-01-04 19:25:49 CET
Went skiing again today. This time we went to another ski station, Auron, for a change of scenery and slopes. Pretty good this one too...


By Kjetil
2003-12-31 13:13:46 CET
Have spent a good christmas at Sophie's parents place with her whole family present at some time or another. Lots of good food usually arriving our way in form of multicourse meals. Well now the year is close to an end and I have to say for me it's been pretty good. Finished my degree, travelled across USA in a car, back with Sophie, seeing friends and family after a long time in Australia. I guess the sad part was leaving all the good friends I had made in Australia, but I am sure I'll see them again. Well happy new year to you all. May good things come your way and let's hope the world takes a few steps in the right direction wherever that is...


By Kjetil
2003-12-21 10:20:45 CET
If anybody has a great idea for what I should give Sophie for christmas, email me. I have plenty of ideas, but none of them seems ideal. Mostly I plan to buy her stuff that I want myself and that doesn't quite seem right.


By Kjetil
2003-12-18 17:39:04 CET
Everytime I go to handballtraining (which usually mainly consists of football), I have big troubles falling asleep afterwards. The trainings start at 20.30 and I am usually back home by 22.30 which leaves me with plenty of time to fall asleep at a decent time (before 24.00), but it never happens. Usually I don't meet Mr. Sandman (Ole Lukkøye (not the boxer)) before at earliest 02.00. This off course makes me useless the day after like today. I was infact so tired that I even fell asleep watching Biathlon which is just about my favorite thing to watch on TV. I have been speculating on why I can't sleep and I partly blame it on the adrenaline my body has built up during the handbaltraining. I am however more interested in how I can fall asleep easier. Any ideas?


By Kjetil
2003-12-13 17:41:35 CET
Sophie and I ran 24 minutes today without stopping. OK, fair enough we didn't run very fast, but I am still impressed with myself and we did play an hour of Tennis earlier in the day. I think all the Volleyball and handball is starting to kick in and I am in better shape than I've been in years...


By Kjetil
2003-12-08 22:43:32 CET
A bit of wildlife today. Almost hit a wild pig with the car. And I was happy to be a place where I didn't have to worry about kangaroos or moose or elks. This thing would have done more damage than a kangaroo though...


By Kjetil
2003-12-05 11:23:42 CET
I see Jeff has started posting things on his website again (www.jkinley.com). Good! I also see that he has finshed his thesis(Congratulations Jeff) and has returned to USA. I guess this means I should change the text I have in connection with the link to his webpage. Hmm I liked that text though. I'll leave it for a bit...


By Kjetil
2003-12-04 07:53:20 CET
Today is Sophie's birthday. Gratulerer med dagen Sophie!


By Kjetil
2003-12-01 15:51:26 CET
After an eventful week (Swing, Football, Concert (Tom Mcrae), volleyball, tennis, handball, volleyball, inline skating in Nice, tennis, handball game and Hiking in l'Esterel) it is once again Monday and a start of a new week. The weather has taken a turn for the worse so indoor activities will probably be dominating the start of the week. I am working to learn myself PHP an MySQL as well as french while Sophie is busy at work. Hopefully the weather improves towards the weekend as we have planned a trip to the snow to test skis and Snowboard.


By Kjetil
2003-11-23 15:40:15 CET
In case anyone was wondering, I still have some handball left in me. In todays match, my return to the handball court I scored 4 goals for my team Vallis Aurea. It has to be said that the opposition wasn't really terrifying, but none the less I am pleased to have scored goals in both Norwegian and French handball competitions.


By Kjetil
2003-11-20 12:17:38 CET
Approximateley 10 years since my last official game I am set to do my comeback to the handball court on Sunday. Didn't actually realize at first that it had been so long. I must be getting old. Hopefully I haven't forgot my old skills and can contribute to my team (which at the current time I haven't quite learned the name of). Wish me luck.


By Kjetil
2003-11-15 15:53:48 CET
Finally after a lot of trouble with the FTP-server I have managed to upload most of the files I wanted. Still there will be additions to the older photos sections and off course also new pictures on the front page. Anyway I now declare this webpage for officially opened!