Category Archives: Small-talk

How to get an upgrade!


Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

I remember my first upgraded flight with KLM. We were going to Toronto and had reasently been upgraded to becoming a gold-member. I had heard that the chances for an upgrade was close to zero, still I had also heard that people had gotten an upgrade. I crossed my fingers that the flight was fully booked.  Continue reading

French cakes are not exactly low FODMAP!

IMG_7714Wherever you go in France, there is a “Boulangerie” or “Pattiserie” on every corner, at least it felt like that when we were there. I made it a habit to walk in, have a look, be sure there were nothing I could eat and walk, hungry and sad, out again. Why I did this is beyond my wits, maybe I like to torture myself?

IMG_2229Luckily I found 2-3 shops selling “kitchen-gadgets” in Nancy . Casa at Rue De Saint Thiebaut, had everything I needed (and of course a lot of things I didn’t need, but wanted).

There is also a shop in the Centre Commercial Saint Sebastien that sells smaller things, no furnitures.

At these two places I bough bakery-stuff for a small fortune. You know the feeling when you see all those nice things you have wanted for a long time: Heart-beat, happiness, feeling lucky and a little bit crazy in the same time, diziness…. I have never been “high” on anything “artificial”, but I can imagine it’s like being high on something! And I usually end up with buying more than I planned. The excuse this time was that I saved lots of money not eating all those cakes, I deserved this!IMG_6611

Luckily I love to bake and experiment at the kitchen. My “kitchen-gadgets” never end up in a cupboard never used. Some days ago I tried baking something I have wanted to try for a long time: Chocolatemousse-cake.

The recipe is in my low FODMAP blog, in Norwegian. I have a Google-translate plug-in, so if you are not Norwegian speaking, I am sure you Google will help you. If not, please feel free to ask me!


French macarons without nuts!


Before I started the low FODMAP diet I loved to make macarons, and I loved to eat them. Unfortunately I now react very badly to nuts so I can’t have more than half a macaron. Luckily I love to experiment at the kitchen so one day I thought: ” Well… if I can’t eat nuts, maybe I can replace the almonds with glutenfree oat?”

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The Norwegian “bathing-challenge”

Norwegian fjords, not exactly a hot-tub...

Norwegian fjords, not exactly a hot-tub…

The “bathing-challenge” is a Norwegian challenge going on at Facebook. If somebody challenge you, you have to either take a bath in the sea, or at least outside (remember, it’s not exactly a hot-tub we’re talking about here), within 24 hours, or give a donation to a charity.  Continue reading

Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees

IMG_7203 (1)Arc the Triomph is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. The monument honours those who died in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic war.

From Arc de Triomphe you can shop (or window-shop if you prefer) at the nice shops at Champs-Elysees.

IMG_7196IMG_7195The French designer Louis Vuitton has a big house in Champs-Elysees, so have some of the other designer-brands, but you can also find high-street shops like H&M and Massimo Dutti in the street. You will find most of the more exclusive brands in a side-road of Champs-Elysees, The Av. Montaigne.

IMG_7211You should not walk past the macaron-master Laduree without buying a macaron or two. You can take them home, as a souvenire or present, or you can simply eat them at the “tea-room” in the shop, or do both…


Goodby Bergen, hello Nancy!

Bergen from the air

Bergen from the air (taken with my iPhone)

The journey will go with my preferred airline, KLM, through Amsterdam to Paris and then we will take the train to Nancy. We have not booked the accommodation ourself this time, but we know we have been put in an apartment close to the university. The only thing I know is that it is not very fancy (like a 5* hotel… ), but I will survive! The good thing is that we will be able to make our own food.

Because of the accommodation I have not brought much allergy-friendly food this time. Fingers crossed I will find something I can make in the apartment. And no, this time I have not brought my own eggs, only some boiled eggs for the airfare and journey.

See you in Nancy!

Do you celebrate Easter at home, in the mountains, by the sea or abroad?


When I was a little girl I used to go to the mountains for Easter-break. We went skiing all day, got warm and tired and had big family-dinners in the evenings. The weather wasn’t always nice (we live in Norway….), still I only have very good memories from our Easter holidays in the mountains.

The last years we have been traveling in the Easter week. One year we went to Aberdeen, another year to Sevilla (a city that I really, really loved, by the way), last year we were in Beijing and this year we are going to Nancy in France, for 10 days.

I have never been to Nancy so I am looking forward to go at Tuesday!

What are your plans for Easter?

Maastricht has been cancelled!

Bergen, my hometown, from the air

Bergen, my hometown, from the air

Unfortunately I got a stomach-bug yesterday and unfortunately it continued to upset my stomach today. I thought I should manage to travel, but I have now understood that it will be impossible. I have decided to stay at home, relax and get fit for travel next week when we are going to Nancy in France, for 10 days.

I had been looking forward to go to Maastricht, but all the stress traveling with a stomach-bug and then maybe still be sick there, I try to tell myself that it’s not worth it. After all it’s better to be sick at home then away!


English or Norwegian?


My blog was initially about travelling the world, affordable luxury style. However lately it has changed more and more to traveling, affordable luxury style, with the view of a person with disabillities and food-allergies. Some years ago I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (a chronic tissue disorder) and the last years my body has changed from working well to letting me more and more down. On top of that I have also gotten food-intolerances and allergies (no wheat, no lactose, no onion, no garlic, no seasonings, only some fruits and some vegetables… all in all I am in a very boring diet).

I have decided that I will continue to travel as long as I can, as this is one of my favorite hobbies. Yes, it’s more stressful to travel if you have a body that don’t work as you want to, but it is possible, you just have to adjust and prepare.

There are so many disabled persons out there, who want to travel and see the world, but don’t dare to. I want to show the places I have been to and what I manage to do, that it is possible and nothing to be afraid of. I can’t do everything, but I can do something! I also want to review (and research) places and hotels to help people like me to choose a place and hotel that has been quality assured from a person that really understand what to look for. “Normal” people usually don’t understand how difficult it is with pot-holes and narrow doors etc… for a person sitting in a wheel-chair (I don’t use one, but was a carer for a wheel-chair user when I was young) or how important it is that the waiter/chef understand food-allergies.

For some weeks now, I have been pondering about changing the language in the blog from Norwegian to English. Because I know that my problems are universal, I am sure my audience would be bigger if I change to English. However Norwegian is my first language and I am a better writer in Norwegian than in English. Still, I think I will convert to English. After all, most Norwegian speak English very well! For those that don’t understand English I have put a Google-translater button on the side-bar.

PS. My older posts will remain in Norwegian, but from now on, new postings will be in English at No-Backpacker.

Happy travel!