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Tour of our new house

September 1, 2011

We’ve been living in our new house for about a month now and we’ve settled in great. The house is in very nicely decorated and needed almost nothin done before we started unpacking our stuff.  For those who won’t be able to come and inspect the house any time soon the girls have made a video-tour which can be seen below. Please ignore the mess, spot the odd socks and work out who messed up Saskia’s bluetack. Plumpie for the first entry with three correct answers.

 

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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…)

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…)

House hunting, the Norwegian way

May 27, 2011

You would think that buying a house is stressful enough at the best of times. In our case we had a few additional complications to make it even more stressfull. (more…)

Grunnlovsdag (17th of May)

May 21, 2011

Tuesday was the 17th of May which is Norway’s national day. On this day the country commemorates the day on which it got it’s first constitution in 1814. It is a day of national pride and it is taken very seriously by most, although some Norwegians will admit that they would rather spend the time in the mountains. (more…)

A trip into the mountains

May 7, 2011

The girls were still off school this week, so we took advantage to have a little trip into the hills and inspect one of the many mountain huts. We had chosen to the Træet Hytte on Osterøy, which is only 1km away from the carpark. Most of the other huts are high up in the mountains and are still very hard to reach this time of year, given all the snow that hasn’t melted yet.  Another advantage of this hut is that there is a lot to do for the kids around the hut, which includes the use of boats and canoos, swings, trees to climb etc… (more…)

New pictures

April 22, 2011

I’ve just uploaded some pictures of our journey and our first week here on my flickr site.

Vilvite

April 21, 2011

On Saturday we went to the Bergen Science Museum (Vilvite). There was lot’s to do and you could use a card to record some of your activities. Here are some.