Thursday, July 17, 2014

My first book review

I have written a book about the 198 countries in the world. The Norwegian version hits the shelves in September,
whereas the English version should be ready for release next year. Photo: Linda Cartridge/Samlaget. 
So, I have written a book. It will come to Norwegian book shops on September 18. And yet, I am working on the English translation too. I sent the unfinished version to a former fellow student of mine for feedback.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Media: LTE Uses 40 Times the Electricity of DAB+

Some antenna towers must be secured better than others. This is on Faroe Islands. 

No, you didn't misread. And that is for poorer coverage too, according to Teknisk vekeblad. We are not looking at a minor difference, we are talking 40 times the usage.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Ban Upheld; I Cannot Wear This in France

No need to pack the burqa I tried on in Afghanistan for my next France trip. Photo: Marius Arnesen
The European Court of Human Rights has today upheld France's ban on wearing the burqa in public, according to France 24.

Monday, June 02, 2014

100,000 Flights a Day

There's always a train. Or so a Norwegian saying goes. These days, planes seem to be catching up though. There has never been more flights per day. But just how many daily departures, and arrivals, are there world-wide?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Årets 17. mai-tale i Naustdal

Foto: Øystein Garfors. 

Eg var så heldig å verte invitert til å halde hovudtalen i Naustdal på 17. mai, 2014. Talen følgjer under i skriftleg form for spesielt interesserte.

Friday, May 09, 2014

We got some world records, but not all

Take no prisoners! We aimed high, missed a flight and lost three hours. When we also ran into a closed road, we were a few minutes short of improving the current world record, visiting most countries in one day.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Madness in the making, aiming for another world record

Gunnar Garfors (left, Øystein Djupvik and Tay-young Pak at Oslo Airport the day before the day.
Photo can be used free of charge, please credit 

Four friends managed to visit 17 countries in 24 hours in 2012. Can the record be beaten?

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Boka mi skal heite "198" - bestill ho her

Endeleg ferdig med heile verda. Foto: Hans Olav Nome og Vegerd Skjefstad. 

Eg er endeleg ferdig med mi aller første bok som straks vert given ut av Samlaget. Ho skal heite noko så kort og konsist som "198." Ganske enkelt fordi det er dei tre siste siffera i telefonnummeret til Samlaget sin marknadssjef, Siri Ifarnæss. Og fordi det er 198 land i verda, fordi eg har vore i alle, og fordi kvart land får sitt kapittel.

Monday, May 05, 2014

17 countries in 24 hours

They visited 17 countries in 24 hours. Photo:

Four friends had a mad idea in 2012. They wanted to see how many countries they could visit in 24 hours. They managed 17 countries in Europe, narrowly breaking the former record of 16.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

The bridges over Oslo's river

The beautiful and sometimes peaceful, sometimes fierce Aker River runs through Oslo.
But how many bridges crosses it? 

What do I do when I not travel? I am, contrary to popular belief, actually quite fond of Oslo, the city in which I live. I have walked, hiked, biked and jogged almost everywhere in town and written articles about what to do here. One of the things you really ought to do is walk along Akerselva, or Aker River.

It's probably the most beautiful and peaceful walk in town.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

5:1 Trip Approved by Guinness World Records

June 19, 2012 in Caracas. The day after setting the Guinness World Record. 

On June 18, 2012 I travelled to five continents in one day together with Adrian Butterworth from the UK. We had the honour of visiting Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America, all in the same day.

A world record.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Retailers Should Stop Selling FM Radios

FM radios on offer in Moroni in Comores. They do however not have DAB signals in the air.

Norway will switch off FM as the first country in the world in January 2017. Digital Radio Norway is a non-profit organization that provides information about the shift in technology. It also deals with marketing of digital radio and consumer law considerations.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Deliriousness Of Impulsive Travel (DOIT!)

Why fly if you can cargo ship it? En route São Tomé og Príncipe. 

What do you mean you are not impulsive, adventurous, restless or hyperactive? Well, bloody do something about it. Why? Because it is the only real way to travel.

I'll give you a few tips. Inspirational ones. I hope.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The World's Shortest Scheduled Flight

The Britten Norman Islander is landing on Westray after two minutes in the air. Papa Westray is in the background.
Photo: Wallace Shackleton (©).

Forget in-flight movies, magazines, on-board internet, meals or drinks to help pass time in the air. There simply isn't time for any of the options above on the world's shortest scheduled flight. Two minutes in the air is as close as anyone will get to real island "hopping."

Friday, February 14, 2014


Freetown-Lungi International Airport, Sierra Leone. Aka. FNA. How can you add that in a sentence? 

Why do you pick just that particular travel destination? Sometimes there may only be one reason to go to a specific airport or to travel between several; The airport codes. I have looked at some of the best three letter abbreviations. And combinations thereof.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Book Finished, Sort Of

The draft version of my book, printed out. I hate proof reading!

My deadline was February 5, and I managed to meet it with 7 hours to spare. The end result consists of stories from my travels all 198 countries of the world, categorized in 21 themes such as food, drinking, the -stan countries, island hopping, love (?) and troubles.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Abkhazia, a Must-Visit During/After Sochi Olympics

This boat has seen better days. A nice playground, though. On the seafront of Sukhumi, Abkhazia. 

The Olympic winter games will soon come to Sochi in Russia and thousands and thousands of people will be visiting. But the trip doesn't need to be only about winter sports. Why not combine your sports trip with a visit to break-our republic Abkhazia, only 140 kilometers away? Not heard about it?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Smokers' Paradise

Guaranteed double happiness from this Chinese cigarette brand?

Where should you go to find inspiration, to, say smoke? Presumably to the country where they finish more cigarettes than in any other.

But where would that be? 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Brazilians Get 4 Weeks Extra World Cup Holiday

Fuleco, aka. Tatu Bola is the official World Cup mascot. He will not get any holiday during FIFA 2014. 

So, it is official. Brazil has gone mad.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

So You Think You Can Drink?

In Turkmenistan you drink vodka. Some more than others. 

How much alcohol do you drink? Not much compared to those who consume the most. Or can you match 18.22 liters of pure alcohol a year? I didn't think so.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Where to Write My Book?

Should I go back to India?
I am currently writing the book about my travels to every country in the world. To write such a book in my flat in Oslo would totally collide with the content. So I won't. But where should I go?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Media: "LTE Broadcast" - The Next
Hyped Broadcasting Challenger

Broadcasting in Norway. 

What is seemingly the best reason to delay a decisions? By refering to something better, often a technology, that is in the process of being developed. Or at least, in the process of being planned.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Media: Would You Pay 115 Euro Per Year for Radio?

Stockholm by night. CC licensed photo by linkahwai

Sweden is one of the countries that is now planning for an FM switch-off. Because FM is way passed its due date. But also because the internet cannot and will not deliver radio to everyone.