“I see her everywhere I go. Sometimes I see my father too, pourin’ over blueprints that he drew. He made his way with sweat and brains, so I could ride this first class train. Well, he didn’t even know where to, only knew it wouldn’t be long…always moving on.” Those are the opening lines to another great song by John Hiatt called Moving On. The song speaks to me about how life’s all about change, about the process of “moving on” to the next thing or maybe the next phase of life. I think about this often, living here in Oslo. The panoramic image of Oslo you see below is something I created a few months ago for a fellow blogger at The Oslo Eye: he writes a very useful and entertaining series of articles about local commerce from the expat’s perspective. Being the capital city and home to the royal family, Oslo is the largest and arguably the most cosmopolitan city in Norway. I’ve mentioned before that Norway is a very wealthy country, and you can really see it in the architecture of the modern buildings that are scattered around the waterfront and other sections of town. You see it also in the many cranes that rise above construction sites and the city skyline, testifying to some deep Norwegian pockets and confident visions for the future…we don’t see a lot of that in a world that is hunkered down trying to ride out a grinding economic downturn. The good news is that while change is unsettling, it also always signals opportunity for those who can see it and are willing to embrace it. So good luck, keep calm and carry on, and wear glasses if you need ’em. (1 September, 2011 Oslo, Norway).