I am Neuroscience PhD, a humanist, skeptic, feminist, avid reader, science enthusiast, woolly-liberal über-nerd, and, as of October 2015, father to the Lykketroll.

I moved from England to Norway in January 2012 and live in Lørenskog with my wife, the Lykketroll, and our two aging rescue cats, Socrates and Schrödinger. 

I am on paternity leave from the 4th of July to the 18th of November. 

The job I am on leave from is as an  Associate Professor and Head of Studies at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. My background is in child neurodevelopment (my PhD looked into the relationship between fatty acids like omega-3 and cognitive development in young children) but I now work on a hodge-podge of things roughly within the field of Universal Design of ICT 50% of the time, the other 50% of my time I am Head of the 'General' Studies (Allmenn in Norwegian) Unit, which is comprised of around 24 academics within a range of fields, including mathematics, physics, Norwegian, and technology and leadership.

In between working and doing the usual dad things,  I like hiking and running in the beautiful Norwegian outdoors, cooking and playing video games. 

If I believed in souls I would say that mine was born in Norway. 

I plan to sleep when I'm dead.

Ruter's 4000 holdeplasser: Being tourists in our own city

Ruter's 4000 holdeplasser: Being tourists in our own city

Whilst out on our first foray into Oslo on the bus last week to attend a book event at Cafe Ugle (more on that in another post), I saw a poster for a new crowd-sourced book that Ruter had put together of 4000 recommended spots in Oslo and Akershus (the area where we live) that could be easily reached by public transport.

I thought it was a really clever concept and it couldn't have come at a better time for us as the Troll is old enough that bussing and tubing places is a relative doddle and, as much as I love it, I was kind of getting a little tired of walking the same trails in the forest near where we live.

We picked up a copy and I went through it, picking out spots best for and closing to nature, or close to cool architecture or art. Whilst the books is a fantastic idea, I'm not sure it was put together with the practicalities in mind: the entries seem to be in random order, and many of them seem to be repeated, admittedly with different things highlighted, several times.

It would have been clever it had been laid out according to geography, or, even more cleverly, according to the different transport routes. Still, it seems a bit churlish to complain about a free book, put together by what is, all told, a company responsible for a fantastically well run and affordable public transport system. (Yes, Norwegians, it is. Try using the buses and trains in the UK, or specifically London if we are making a like-for-like comparison, and then see if you ever feeling like complaining about Ruter ever again.)

On Thursday, we went to Sognsvann, which is probably one of my favourite places in Oslo. It's where I used to go for running club every weekend many, many moons ago when I had time for that sort of thing.

We did two laps of the lake, the first with him gawping at and charming all the other walkers and runners, and the other with him sound asleep, giving me some time to chill and take some snaps.

The obsessive completionist in me wants to tick off all 4000 entries, but that's just mental. I'm not sure how many of these marked entries will end up with a little red heart next to them, but I'm glad that I'll always have an idea of where to go on a day-trip next time we want to get out of the house and explore together. 

 

 

Soundtrack to the Troll's birth

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