A world traveller who loves going home

PocketCultures reader, Anne-Sophie Redisch (Sophie), is a bilingual freelance writer and translator based in Norway.


She has travelled to more than 100 countries on six continents, having lived in the USA and New Zealand. Sophie is the Oslo local expert for NileGuide and destination expert for Matador.

I asked Sophie a few questions about her blog, Sophie’s World, life in Norway and travelling with kids.

How did you end up in Norway?

Norway is home. I lived in the USA during my university years. Later, I took advantage of our beneficial parental leave arrangements and spent half a year living in New Zealand with my daughters. I enjoyed it heaps – we lived in a sweet, little village called Devonport near Auckland on the North Island. But I always seem to return to Norway. It’s a good place to raise children.


November 4, 2010 5 comments

Meet Anna and Ailo

Where are you from?

My name is Anna, and I’m Russian, my boyfriend is called Ailo and he’s Norwegian.

Where did you meet?

We have known each other for 5 years, we’ve been internet friends. Last year I just went to Norway to study and we started dating.

What language do you speak at home?

We speak English.

Do you try to cook food from each other’s countries?

I cook Russian food, he likes it a lot,he cooks different meals like Mexican, Italian, American so, nothing in particular. But not Norwegian as it’s more for holidays, than everyday meals.

Can you explain one part of your partner’s culture that you found surprising?

Yeap, he’s not very emotional all the time, but I learned how to tell what he feels by his face and body language. He doesn’t talk about love a lot, but if he tells that he loves me it means that this is very serious, not just words, So it’s new, but I really appreciate it.

What’s the best thing about being in a cross-cultural relationship?

It’s that everything is so different and interesting, not routine. It’s so interesting to talk about differences in our cultures, make jokes about them, it’s fun!

I just like Norwegian culture, I know a lot about it, so it’s more a nice thing that we’re from different countries than a problem causing thing.

What’s the hardest thing about being in a cross-cultural relationship?

Hmm, I guess it’s language that can cause misunderstanding… but in fact it’s not. it’s all about respect and value. If I misunderstood my boyfriend, we would always sort the problem out and we’d see what was the root of the problem. So it’s probably the language and cultural differences, but you can always avoid big problems if you learn the language better, learn each other’s cultural peculiarities and simply respect each other.

Do you have any advice for other cross-cultural couples?

Yeah, learn as more as you can about the culture of your partner, listen to each other, appreciate and respect each other.

UPDATE (13 Jan): the original version of the interview didn’t have Ailo’s name, and has been updated.

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January 8, 2010 Comments disabled

Norwegian summer

RennyBA’s Terella is from Norway, where Renny has been enjoying the long summer days by visiting neighbouring Sweden; swimming and eating lobsters and prawns.

Food and nature are recurring themes in this blog, which aims to show traditions, food and habits of Norway and the other Nordic countries.

August 27, 2008 5 comments

Norwegian Style


Scandinavian design is very distinctive, and Hei Astrid is full of inspiration. Other favourite topics of Astrid, who is a journalist and copywriter, include fashion, food and photography, as well as snippets of Norwegian life and culture.

Photo by Astrid

April 11, 2008 Comments disabled