I'm back home after a wonderful weekend in Trondheim with a really good friend of mine. There were great conversations - this girl is my absolute favorite discussion partner! And we read a wonderful little book, After the Quake by Murakami. Only six little stories, and I finished it on the flight back to Oslo. I usually find it hard to get to know the characters when reading short stories. Not so with this one. I think I even got to know them a little better than I usually do with Murakami's characters. I think I'll re-read it in a while, there is more to these stories than revealed at first reading. Besides talking and reading, we ate great sushi (what would life be without good food?), enjoyed a lovely opera at Olavshallen, and went for a walk in this year's first snow! And even though I'm now happy to be with my family again, I long for that lovely white carpet covering everything and making the world clean and quiet. I hope we won't have to wait too long.