Norge i et nøtteskall

October 3, 2011 by

In my previous post I mentioned our trip to Flåm. I have now posted some pictures here, mainly documenting the train journey up to Myrdal and the bike ride back down to Flåm. The latter involves a descent of nearly 1000m in 20km, with a significant part (ca. 400 m happening over 21 switchbacks in the first few km). Great fun for relatively little effort. Also included are some pictures of the amazing scenery that we travelled through around Stalheimen on the way to Flåm.

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Weather obsessed

October 2, 2011 by

It’s time to talk about the weather. We have had rather a lot of it recently and in a place like Bergen, one of the wettest cities in the world it is hard not to obsess about it. Before we moved people often asked how we were going to cope with all the rain, my answer was that it rains a lot but most of it comes in big downpours, with bright patches in between. This has definitely been true until the beginning of September, in fact july and august were actually very pleasant and since we moved to Laksevåg we have had many dinners out on the deck behind the house enjoying the evening sun!

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What’s this about plumpie

September 1, 2011 by

Although very overgrown, the garden with our new house has already produced a lot of nice fruit for us. Starting with redcurrants and some gooseberries at the beginning of August, and piles and piles of plums over the past two weeks.  So we have been busy making jam, compote and… best of all plum pie! You can ask Esther for the recipe.

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Tour of our new house

September 1, 2011 by

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.

 

A dark moment for Norway

July 24, 2011 by

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). Read the rest of this entry »

Whales in the harbour

July 18, 2011 by

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

Athletics summer camp

July 11, 2011 by

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 by

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. Read the rest of this entry »

House hunting, the Norwegian way

May 27, 2011 by

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Grunnlovsdag (17th of May)

May 21, 2011 by

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. Read the rest of this entry »