My name is Gjermund Marqvardsen, and I live in Oslo (The capital of Norway) something I have done since the year 2000.
I got my education at a university called HIOF in Sarpsborg where I studied for 3 years to become a Bachelor of Computer
Science. At HIOF I also started something called "Selskabet" together with some
friends, before I moved to Oslo and started working as a consultant for Accenture, Norway
(The company formerly known as Andersen Consulting). I enjoyed my first year working for Accenture (I was so lucky that
I could work in Sophia Antipolis near Nice in France for 2 summers), but in my second year in Accenture
things was not that fun anymore, so after working on a project
in Chicago for some time I moved back to my apartment in Oslo and decided to do something else. Therefore I quit Accenture, and
started doing web-design projects as a freelancer. I also got a new job at the The Research Council of Norway, where I enjoy
my job as a security advisor today.
Where is Norway then?
Norway is a country in northern Europe that looks like a spoon.
It is a small country with approximately 4.600 000 inhabitants.
Our neighboring countries are Finland, Russia, Sweden and Denmark.
Norway has a very varying terrain with lots of mountains and fjords. Our highest mountain is
called Galdhøpiggen and is 2469 metres high. Take a look at
this map of Norway to see what it looks like.
After I moved to Oslo, I have not had as much time as before to do what I like the most, which is flying, sky-diving and scuba-diving.
It is easier to find a good place to scuba-dive now since I live much closer to Drøbak and Oslofjorden
(it is a 30 minutes drive to a good diving place), but as
I said I have not got the time to go out every weekend to watch the fish. But when I have the time, I like
to go to a place where I can see a shipwreck and maybe some underwater life.
Two of my favorite places to go scuba-diving in Oslofjorden are Edit and Selma, both shipwrecks from
World War 2.
Things that I do not do on a regular basis, but do whenever I have the chance are wind-surfing,
mountain climbing (I tried ice-mountain climbing for the first time in March 2001. It was
harder than regular climbing, but way more fun!), golfing, slalom, rafting and bungee jumping.
Books & Music
On my list of recommended books to read, you'll find books by Jens Bjørneboe, Olaf Havnes, Gert Nygårdshaug, Douglas Adams, J. R. R. Tolkien,
Terry Pratchet and Marion Z. Bradley. Favorite books read during my life are "Enders Game" (Orson Scott Card),
"The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" (Tolkien), the series of 4 "Avalon" books (Marion Z. Bradley)
and "Jonas" and "Haiene" (Jens Bjørneboe).
Some of my favorite bands are Muse, REM, Spoon, The Strokes, Audioslave, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Nouvelle Vague, Madrugada, Weld, Hot Hot Heat, Garbage, Sissy Wish, Franz Ferdinand, Pixies, Radiohead and
Nickelback. I prefer rock or hard rock, but I do also like blues,
and some of the "HIT" music played on the radio. I do not like Country, Swedish dance music, Techno or R&B.
Movie & TV
I am also a big movie fan, so if you want to watch a good movie, take a look at the movies
I recommend before you spend your money on
something not worth seeing! My favorite TV-shows through the ages have been "The Nowhere Man",
Farscape, 24, Southpark, Battlestar Galactica,
The 4400 and Invasion.
I really enjoy cooking, especially when I can make everything from scratch and only use my imagination as limit
(and most of the time I do exactly that).
Some of my favorite food is made with pasta and fresh mushrooms. Since I eat almost everything, I can not
say exactly what main course I like the most, but if you start with those ingredients it is a good start.
If you also add a red wine to that meal it becomes perfect. One of my favorite wines these days are
a red Gran Reserva wine from Spain and the district Valdepeñas called Señorio de los Llanos
from 1995, or any other full-bodied red wine available at the time. And if you need a really good aperitif there
is always Guy Charlemagne Champagne.
Here in Norway we are also so "lucky" to have something called
"Vinmonopolet" which is the only place where you can
buy liquor. The prices are extremely high compared with countries like France and
Italy, they are almost never opened when you need them to be and they have way too few stores. Check out their online shop to see if you can find a good wine. Whatever you choose, try to
stay clear of sweet wine and wine made of the Riesling grape. At least if you are buying that wine for me :-)