Archive for July, 2011

A dark moment for Norway

July 24, 2011

From the outside Norway has the image of being a safe place to be, very open to foreigners and scoring very high in the happiness league tables. A lot of this has been confirmed since our arrival here. People have been amazingly friendly, helpfull and generous. Of course after living here for three months now we have had to modify some of our preconceptions a bit. It is clear that this country, like any other has it’s problems. We have personally witnessed the sad lives of the drug-addicts in the park opposite our appartment, all out in the open  for everyone to see. Walking around in Bergen it is clear that a lot of people from across the world see Norway as a better place to live than their “own home-countries”. On the surface this doesn’t seem to cause any problems and in some sense the Norwegians seem to embrace the foreigners (the girl’s language school is a good example of this). (more…)

Advertisements

Whales in the harbour

July 18, 2011

Here’s a little video of some whales that were spotted yesterday in the byfjorden just outside Bergen.

Athletics summer camp

July 11, 2011

A few weeks ago Esther joined the local Athletics club who train on a beautifull track in a dip between the houses only a few minutes away from our new house. We were just in time to register for the summer camp in the first week of the holidays, hoping that the kids would be entertained and would have an opportunity to meet some of the local kids. They certainly seemed to have enjoyed themselves as you can see in these pictures.

  

Taking stock

July 10, 2011

After three and a half months in Norway this seems a good moment to look back at what we have achieved and report on some of our experiences so far. Apart from actually getting here, the major achievement has been to buy a house (see previous post). We have now managed to organise a mortgage and insurance and we are set to move in in 3 weeks time.  We also bought a new car, sold the old one back in the UK and have managed to tick a number of smaller items off our to do list. (more…)