Category Archives: Scandinavia

Knitting My “Shield of Norway” Mittens, I Conquered Fair Isle and Remembered My Visit to Trondheim, Norway

“A Cruise of Norway’s Fiords Reveals Scenic Treasures,” an article I wrote for the July 3, 1994 issue of The Columbus Dispatch, sums up the highlights of my August 1993 vacation in Norway. In Lillehammer, I rode the lifts that … Continue reading

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Wander Through the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning and Take a 90-Minute Tour Around the World

When a lecture isn’t taking place inside, a classroom is one of my favorite hangouts on a college campus. After-hours at Sweet Briar, I’d go to my Arts Management seminar room on the second floor of the Anne Gary Pannell … Continue reading

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Until the Frugal Traveler Visits Carl Larsson’s Swedish Home, “Til Karin – 4 Elements” Is a Great Substitute

In December 1997, Tait and I celebrated the holidays with a European trip.  We took the Eurostar Chunnel train to Brussels, Belgium; we tried Printen Lebkuchen at a Christmas market in Aachen, Germany; and we reveled in being in our beloved London, England at … Continue reading

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Nikolina the Nordic Needle Nisse Visits Central Ohio

Nordic Needle is a business in Fargo, North Dakota that sells Hardanger embroidery and other types of needlework. Last summer, it invited interested customers to host a nisse named Nikolina for a short visit to their home. Nikolina’s hosts were … Continue reading

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Making Lebkuchen Hearts in the Midst of Scandinavian Straw Ornaments, Barley Sugar Figures and Hand-Cut Paper Mobiles

Several Christmases ago, my mother and I invited some of our friends and neighbors to a Scandinavian “coffee table.” A combination of a smorgasbord and the Swedish tradition of fika, or going out for coffee, the coffee table is a … Continue reading

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