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A Mexican guy

Whilst in a black metal band in the states, I played a gig at Compton which is quite a dangerous place. A Mexican guy came up to me after the show and asked me if I “hang out with the angels”. I was not sure what he meant so I[…]

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A Mexican guy

I was in Jordan

Last autumn I was in Jordan providing food and clothing for refugees fleeing the war in Syria. It was a real eye opening experience to see how war can affect people’s lives and how helpless they can become. One family told me they did not know where their mother or[…]

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I was in Jordan

Is this right for me

I don’t have any specific person that I look up to. I’m used to analysing myself in current situations and learning from them. For me it’s important to sometimes step back and see myself from the outside. Every now and then I ask myself – “Am I happy with what[…]

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Is this right for me

NATO

Whilst working as a hairdresser in the Netherlands, a few military guys from Norway came into my salon. Before they left, they took a picture of all of us and said that they would be back to drop off a copy. About three years later one of them did come[…]

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NATO

troubled childhood

I had a very troubled childhood and actually changed school four times before I finally completed high school. My father was/is a psychopath and psychologically mistreated me with bullying, intimidation and threats. He never physically hurt me, just messed with my head. It has been really tough – I have[…]

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troubled childhood

Sarah

Each tattoo has a special meaning and “Sarah” on my right arm is for my mother. While she was giving birth to me, the doctors told her and my father that there were complications and that either my mother or I would likely die but they could only save one[…]

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Sarah

love and support

When you have lived as long as me, you will experience ups and downs in life – it is only natural. How we choose to recover from these events is what makes us who we are. It does not mean that we have to forget, but rather move on. When[…]

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love and support

bull sharks in Mexico

I went diving with bull sharks in Mexico which was an amazing experience. They are actually the second or third most dangerous shark in the world and they have been migrating to this specific spot for about 10 years. The divers feed them so they never get hungry enough to[…]

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bull sharks in Mexico

find direction in life

It took me a long time to find direction in my life. I felt like I was lagging behind with no real sense of purpose. I was unable to work in construction anymore because of problems with my back and I could not just give up on life and sit[…]

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find direction in life

Merry Christmas

Back in the day when I was a policeman, I did not look forward to Christmas because it was always a time when something tragic would happen. If you are spending Christmas alone, or need someone to talk to, you are more than welcome to send me a private message[…]

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Merry Christmas

My parents are from Bosnia

My parents are from Bosnia and I am very fortunate to regularly experience two completely different cultures. We travel there for one month a year to see our extended family which can also come at a cost – and that is the misery I see there sometimes. Bosnia does have[…]

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My parents are from Bosnia

Back in Sudan

I fled the violence in Northern Sudan and came to Norway about one year ago. It is nice here and I really want to make friends with Norwegians, but I get moved around a lot so it is difficult. Back in Sudan, everyone is a friend. It does not matter[…]

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Back in Sudan

Book by Milan Kundera

When I was quite young, I read the book called “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera. It is a fascinating love story which is no book for a young girl living on a farm. I did not completely understand it, but it really opened my eyes and made[…]

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Book by Milan Kundera

life is too short

After a friend died of cancer, I realised that life is too short and precious to hold back and not take chances. So even though I was really nervous about it, I packed up and moved to Kristiansand to live with my boyfriend without knowing anyone else here. That was[…]

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life is too short

playing the violin

I have been playing the violin since I was nine years old. It has always been my passion and my dream and I am one of the lucky ones that has a job I truly enjoy. But joy does come at a cost – countless hours of practising and perfecting[…]

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playing the violin

Viking husband

Part 2/2: At the age of 19 I met my Viking husband in New York. He was very handsome, big, strong and it was not long before we were married. Within a few years we had moved back to Norway, bought a farm, had five children and acquired 100 sheep.[…]

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Viking husband

working hard

I have always enjoyed working hard, going out into the forest, fishing, hunting and spending time on a farm. It was always my dream to own a farm and luckily an opportunity came up in 1971 when our neighbour’s decided to sell theirs. At the time it was no problem[…]

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working hard