Oslo, Oct. 7, 2007

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Que sera, sera, whatever happens happens

Dear friends

I hope you will forgive me for not writing a newsletter for over three years, but I hope to have more regular newsletters now, if you don’t mind. However, if you don’t want to receive updates about my life, please let me know.

Until May, I had my life in Serbia, but I was asked to take job as the editor of the English language magazine Norway Exports in Oslo. At the end of November, my contract expires, but I have no idea what I'm doing after that.

Still, my options are numerous. Some people are stressed out when they don't have a detailed plan for the rest of their lives, but the beautiful thing is that I don't have to worry. I'm a Christian, and therefore, I believe God has a perfect plan for me. I might be in Darfur as a press officer for the Norwegian army, I might be working with the shipping, petroleum or energy industry in Norway, or I might be back in Serbia, my second home country.

Norway Exports is a quality product, and the mission of the magazine is to present Norwegian industry internationally. The publishing house responsible for the magazine, Findexa Forlag, cooperates with the Norwegian government and industry to make presentations about Norwegian export related technology. I’m enjoying my time in the magazine, but now we're going different directions, even if I still have a very good relationship with them; they are giving me their best recommendations for my next assignment. If anyone would happen to know anyone who could need my competence, please let me know.

On June 3 , I also had the privilege of being the best man for my very good friend Siniša Nadaždin when he married his Sandra in Montenegro. You can see the pictures in my online photo album.

My biggest problem when I moved to Norway was what to do with my cats, Ceca and Legija. Therefore, I contacted B92 television in Belgrade, and I invited them to record the sad story about the Norwegian journalist who had to leave for Norway and the two cats in need of a new home. Sure enough, they came, and I was telling my story on Serbian breakfast TV, in Serbian! I couldn't see the program completely myself because people called for the cats during the program, and I believe the cats are very happy with their new owners, Ljiljana and Viktorija in Rakovica, a suburb of Belgrade. Now, I've made the program available on YouTube. (I'm in the program after 2:30 min.)

Here in Oslo, I have the privilege of living with my uncle, Peder Pedersen, 86. Despite his age, he is a vital man who has lived a quite exciting life. In the years from 1938 to 1945, he was a sailor in the Norwegian merchant fleet. On July 5, 1942, Peder was on the ship M/S Mosfruit 580 nautical miles northwest of Ireland when the German submarine U-458 found them. Mosfruit was hit by a torpedo, and 36 men, one cat and one dog had to evacuate the ship. From the lifeboat, they saw the Germans finally sinking the ship with 56 shots from the cannon on the submarine. For seven days, the crew were sailing towards Ireland before they were picked up 40 nautical miles from the coast.

The war affected Peder very much, and he dedicated the rest of his life to fight for peace. Today, he is a peace activist, and he is telling young people about the horrors of war. Now he is a time witness for high school kids visiting concentration camps in Germany and Poland, and when he is not traveling, he is often seen Karl Johan, the main street in Oslo, to fight for a ban of nuclear weapons.

Please let me know what is happening in your lives. If I haven't spoken to some of you for some time, please write me, and we can reestablish our contact.

cheers

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kristian kahrs
ip phone: +47 23 62 31 24
mobile: +47 93 00 25 22
work phone: +47 21 50 80 74
http://home.no.net/kkahrs


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