A summer filled with family.
And a pardon to friends that we didn’t get to see this time.
Catch you next time!
First stop back in Norway was a huge family reunion, counting 73 people in total. There were aunts, nephews, second cousins and all the rest, party games and barbeques, guitars and singing, and someone even poured Jean a “karsk” – coffee with local moonshine. A big thank you to Ulf and Bodil for organizing the whole thing!
Veronica’s mum grew up at Rognes, a small place south of Trondheim, and as in the summer of 2016 we helped to fix up the house of Veronica’s grandparents. Last time we worked mostly on cleaning up the overgrown garden. This time we redid a room inside, and tore down an old play house that was about to fall down the hill towards the river Gaula just beside the terrain. With several members of the (extended) family doing a little (or much!) each, the house starts to shine once again. Jean also made a plan for planting fruit trees and berry bushes, while Veronica sorted her boxes of stuff that was stored here, giving a lot away, and bringing sewing books and equipment back to France (yay, I can make patterns myself again!).
Yes, we did one trip to Trondheim, to celebrate the 30th of Veronica’s (step)brother. But, when I first met you, you were like… 11, and that was just a couple of years ago, right?! Well, here’s me, under a plant.
You can’t do a proper vacation in Norway without at least one trip to a cabin! Cabinlife should be as rustic as possible, and you get more points for authenticity the less facilities there are. This one is off-grid, meaning that you need to get your water from a source some meters away, and electricity from a generator. The indoor compost toilet and the pedal-driven shower is luxurious! Part of the experience is the Norwegian summer weather in a nutshell: Freezing cold one day and hot and sunny the next. The hiking trip on the latter was great.
One of Veronica’s uncles was a great host to us, and very happy to have Jean fixing up his garden 😉 A barbeque with a bunch of cousins, their partners and kids made it feel like family reunion number two this summer. Btw: Mentioned uncle even supplied us with vegan cheese and baloney for the occasion. Nice seeing you all!
Talking about family reunions, we did a third in Nordfjordeid, Sogn og Fjordane, on the west coast of Norway. A music festival that we didn’t attend was a good excuse to see the charming little place filled with people. Jean was amazed at the richness of fruit trees and berry bushes in the region. A cousin opened her house to us, and we got to spend some time with a couple of great nieces. Thank you for having us, we enjoyed it a lot!
Next to Nordfjordeid you’ll find Hornet, a summit 719 meters above sea level, which doesn’t sound like much until you try walking it from zero to top in two hours. And the view is amazing! From the mountain top you see the fjord splitting up and parting in several directions. According to Jean it is even more spectacular than in New Zealand 😉 Huge bonus: Lots and lots of delicious wild blueberries!
Driving back to Trøndelag from Nordfjordeid we stopped by Lom, a nice little touristic village.
In memory of a dear friend
Thank you for being my friend, Ann Christin. You were awesome! Here’s an article about her in the magazine KK: “Jeg vil leve mens jeg lever” (I want to live while I’m alive). Photo taken the summer of 2016.