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Where am I?

Good question. I’m in the beautiful city of Oslo in Norway for a short stay. For the past few weeks we’ve been nestled in a wooden cabin on the lip of a tiny fjord, for the most part in brilliant sunshine. Friends have come and gone in a continuous succession. But now we’re on the road again. Tomorrow we head over to Sweden and a few days in Stockholm. After that to Helsinki in Finland.

I managed to read a few things, including Colm Toibin’s The Heather Blazing, and Umberto Eco’s On Literature. Both of these are worth a visit if you’re looking for something special.

It’s good that most people are appreciating the Five Questions series, as, apart from sporadic posts like this one, that’s all I have to offer at the moment. I’m collecting a few thoughts and ideas for later, though, when the road is finally behind me and I can become a more regular and personal writer and blogger again.

6 Responses to “Where am I?”

  1. Paula says:

    Well, John, life is strange indeed. I was in Oslo five days ago, now in Lofoten and back to Oslo tomorrow. Sunny weather and fun.

    jb says: we were in Lofoten a few years ago. Great memories, wonderful light, midnight sun, dinner party at 4am, wild flowers blooming in the middle of the night . . . I wanna go again . . .

  2. Nienke says:

    Yes, John! The Five Questions series is a lot of fun and has introduced me to many exciting new people and blogs!
    Sounds like you’re having a good time! Glad to hear it.

  3. Looking forward to your return Mr B! But hope you’re enjoying your travels in the mean time…

    In your partial absence, so many interesting posts on so many blog interviews make interesting reading.

    All the best,

  4. Julia says:

    Your trip sounds amazing – and the Five Questions Series is great.

    Enjoy Stockholm.


  5. AndrewE says:

    Like Nienke, I have been busy visiting a whole web of literary blogs thanks to your 5 question series. I’d love to see a centralised inventory of all the interviews, or something like that. Perhaps it already exists and I have overlooked it…

    jb says: there is no inventory as yet, and there are still quite a few more responses to come. Maybe, when I’ve published them all I’ll begin collating. . . maybe not . . .

  6. Polaris says:

    Good to know you liked Eco’s essays. I’m looking at them in no particular order, and had a nice time reading the last one in the book “How I Write”. I want to read Toibin’s book on Henry James. A friend read and thought it was great.

    Enjoy the remainder of your journey!