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Home sick

Hi people.
I have not been particularly good at updating my blog this past year. Too much to do at work an not many interesting updates :)

However, every now and then, I feel the big urge to write a bit again and hopefully I’ll find time soon within work and certification studies.

Right now we are approaching the end of winter and I dream about being able to spend next winter in Costa Rica. That would be awesome.

Not that this winter has been bad in any ways. It has been a very good winter and I have even tried skiing for the first time in 19 years. I’ll write about that in a different post :)

It’s just that I miss my family, I miss my friends and I just really want to see them all again.

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I’ll try to check in soon again :)

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Kevin Hart visiting Oslo Spektrum

I had the most amazing time tonight attending Kevin Hart’s new show “What now?”

First my friend Linda and I went to have dinner at Dinner restaurant in Oslo. A very nice Asian restaurant that serves it food HOT. Food was great and so was the company.

Approaching the arena and the time of the show we realized how popular this show was as the queues to enter were long. Thankfully we had pre-bought, pre-picked-up tickets and did not have to waste time to do that. The arena was completely sold out which was great.

Inside there was a photo- / recording device-ban so no pictures from the show, but I did get these two after the show was over and we were told it was OK to take out cameras.

Show was awesome. The energy, the jokes and the humor of this guy. Amazing. I laughed so much tears were running and my stomach hurt. Haha.
Great. Very happy. Will Def try to get tickets next time he is around ;)

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Watch “Rock’n’Roll Wolf” on YouTube

So, Christmas is all about traditions and the Rock’n’roll wolf is one of them.

Each year on the 23rd of December this show is sent on TV. Its part of the pre-christmas ritual :D

Paul Nicklen in Oslo

Paul Nicklen is a National Geographic photographer with a passion for the arctic that gave a nice presentation in Oslo today at the Oslo Concert Hall for National Geographic Live Scandinavia!

Paul grew up in the Canadian Arctic on Baffin Island with the Inuit and became a full time photographer in 1994 and published his first book in 1999.

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Penguins shooting themselves out of the water with the help of releasing bubbles from their fur.

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A Leopard seal feeding Paul with penguins

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Penguins shooting out of the water

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Spirit Bear in Canada

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Canadian Spirit Bear..

More on Paul Nicklen on Wikipedia

It was a great speech and very nice to get out after 2 weeks of being sick…

Gavin Degraw Concert

Tonight I was at a concert with my sister and a friend of mine and we had a great time.
Gavin Degraw was in town and last time I saw him back in 2006, but he put on such a great show that I always wanted to see him again.

From beginning to end he owned the crowd and the crowd loved him. The program was a huge mix of old and new songs.

Concert opened up with Make a move and continued with songs like “Who’s gonna save us”, “Follow Through”, “We Belong Together”, “I Don’t Want to Be”, “Everything Will Change” with many others.

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Soldier

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Leading Man

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Follow Through

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I don’t wanna be

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THis was such a great concert. Everyone were dancing, singing and my friend commented that it seemed more like a choir practice than a concert :D

At the end of the concert Gavin takes a selfie with us (the crowd) in the background and lets hope he will be back soon!

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Gavin Degraw on Twitter

Game of Thrones exhibition to come to Norway !!!

I just found out today that The official Game of Thrones exhibition is to come to Norway end of April !! Venue is still to be announced, but I seriously cannot wait for this one !!!

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Best thing yet… It’s supposed to be free entrance for everyone…

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In Europe the exhibition will only visit Oslo and Belfast and in total it will only visit 8 cities worldwide!!!

New York City (1/27 – 2/1)
Mexico City (2/15 – 2/19)
Austin at SXSW® (3/7 – 3/11)
Rio De Janeiro (4/5 – 4/9)
Oslo (4/26 – 4/30)
Toronto (5/14 – 5/18)
Belfast (Dates to be announced)
Vancouver (8/16 – 9/1)

I think Ill aim for a selfie on the Iron Throne…

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La Tamalera

La Tamalera means the woman that makes Tamales. You may wonder what a Tamal is, but no reason to get impatient. I’ll get to that all throughout this post.

Tamales are one of the most time-honored Christmas traditions in Costa Rica. Like the rest of Latin America, tamales are a principal part of Christmas dinner. In Costa Rica, tamales are made from corn flour and are filled with many different ingredients, such as potato puree, rice, vegetables, garlic and onions, and shredded pork or chicken or beef, all wrapped in banana leaves and tied with string into squares, and boiled.

Christmas traditions in Costa Rica

After last nights party I slept in. Something that resulted in it being very warm already (26C) when I woke up. So… I decided to sleep some more.

When I woke up again it was already 1pm and Roshy y Mami had started making Tamales.

Roshy and I were put into the time lengthy job of cleaning the banana leaves so they were all clean of dust and other stuff, preparing them for using.

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Roxana washing Banana leaves

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Me washing Banana leaves

mami started cookinge the meat and the vegetables for the filling and the broth.

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Meat cooking and preparing for Tamales

Then we prepared the fillings.
We used Carrots, Prunes, Olives, Red bell peppers, Green peas, raisins and potatoes cut in stripes.
Not to forget:  For each tamal a peace of meat.

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Carrots prepared to be used as filling for Tamales

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Mami preparing La masa (the dough)

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How to fill a Tamal

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Mami filling tamales

Once the Tamales are filled, bundle them up two and two and put in a huge casserole for cooking. They now need 1-2 hours of cooking.

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Finished Tamales – Wrapped and ready for cooking

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Tamales cooking over open fire outside in the yard

Of course, this was a lot of work and a lot of effort inside today, however it was an excellent way to spend the day with my family and learn one of the most popular traditions for christmas.

And.. For dinner. Tamales.. Yummy :D

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Our Christmas Portal

For the full recipe to make Tamales go to my Recipe blog