Easter Crime

easter crime

In Norway, one of our main Easter traditions is reading and watching crime fiction, which we will often sit down to enjoy after a long nice walk in the snow.

We call these stories “Easter-crime”.


The stories do not have to involve Easter, but they have to involve crime, mostly in the form of detective fiction.

I was going to write an explanation to why this is, but then I found that a perfect write-up on it had already been written, so I’ll just recommend a few crime-shows that I like.


My favorite types of easter-crime stories are BBC-adaptations of Agatha Christie novels, particularly Poirot movies.

Can’t beat David Suchet!


I also quite enjoyed season 1 and 2 of Broadchurch.

I’m planning to watch season 3 this year.


Everything with Sherlock Holmes is just lovely!

There is a really good audio drama which covers all the stories, and the BBC-show ‘Sherlock’ is a really good modern update to the stories.


What detective-fiction do you enjoy?

Deconstructed Red Mars/Green Mars/Blue Mars – Bar


As March is the month of the Roman god Mars, I decided that for this months geeky recipe, a deconstructed mars-bar would do nicely.

And what better geeky Mars-related property to choose, than Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars-trilogy of books; “Red Mars”, “Green Mars” and “Blue Mars”?

red mars blue mars green mars

I deconstructed the mars-bar by making a red nougat ice cream, green caramel sauce and blue chocolate cookie crumbles.


Look, I’m not gonna pretend this was an unmitigated success.

The ice cream did not set properly, the blue cookies looked green, and the colors….well, you have eyes. But it all tasted great!

And honestly, when doing weird stuff like this, sometimes it is going to turn out badly. Other times you can get something great!

I feel like this is all in the same exploratory spirit as Kim Stanley Robinson’s books about colonization and space-faring! What do you mean, that I’m “stretching it”!?


If you still would like to give it a shot, here are some links.


Nougat Ice Cream – Add red coloring.

Caramel Sauce – Add green coloring.

Blue Velvet Cookies – Make half, drop the white chocolate, crumble the cookies.


Maybe you’ll be able to improve on my efforts 🙂

InterRail 2010 – Part 2: Exploring Berlin


After my unsavory experiences in Hamburg, I was very happy to finally start doing some real touristy stuff in Berlin.

Not a lot interesting happened to me in Berlin. I just had a nice day, walking around, taking pictures. Then I moved on to Amsterdam.

A lot of places in Berlin had this very interesting mix of old majestic architecture and new degradation.

It was also interesting to see regretful war memorials for World War 2. Most war memorials I have seen other places, were put there by the victorious forces.

All in all, I very much enjoyed my day in this lovely city.


In the next part; Köln!



If you want to see more of the pictures I took in Berlin click here 🙂