This weekend I went to see my aunt and uncle in Egersund. I lived with my parents in Egersund until I was 5 years old and it was awesome to have my cousins to play with and an aunt and uncle to visit several times a week.
During the years after we moved away from Egersund, we always came back to visit and many of my holidays were spent in this cute west coast city.
I had a very nice time visiting my aunt and uncle and my 3 cousins as well.
I arrived friday night and my uncle picked me up at the airport while auntie had made us all a lovely Taco Dinner. All my cousins had come home for the dinner and it was great to spend a nice meal with them and catch up. It has been a long while since I was here alone just to visit them without there being a 60th birthday, a funeral, a confirmation or other big occations where a huge amount of other family has been present as well.
We had a very nice evening and it was really nice to talk with my family!
On saturday we started out with breakfast and just enjoying a relaxing morning before we went for a drive around the city, we went to see where my youngest cousin (who also happens to be my first God Child) lives, we went to pick up flowers and then we went to visit the grave of my cousin that died back in 2000. It was my first visit to his grave since the funeral and it brought tears to my eyes. I have had so many difficulties coping with his death and missing him. Grief is still present every day.
After the visit to the graveyard, my other cousins came home to aunt and uncles house to visit us and it was time for a coffee break before we went grocery shopping and then we also stopped by the old house that I used to live in while we still lived here.
For dinner we had a delicious pork steak in cream sauce with mushrooms. My cousin went out to meet some friends, but my uncle and aunt and I had a nice time at home.
On sunday morning we had another nice morning and me and my cousin spent some nice quality time together watching The Simpsons show!
At 3 pm my other cousins came over with the kids for dinner. We had a lovely traditional dish that normally is used as a christmas meal, Pinnekjøtt, but also is quite common to taste prior to christmas. It was very tasty and it was very nice to get to spend a lot of time with my family!
After dinner my uncle took me to the airport and
A year and some has passed since the terror attacks in Norway 22 july 2011 and months with trials repeating the actions day after day and finally the jury has reached a verdict.
The perpetrator of last year’s gun and bomb attacks, the worst in the country’s history, was found mentally fit enough to be held criminally responsible for the attacks, which also left 242 wounded.
In Norway the maximum penalty is 21 years in prison. However Anders B. Breivik being seen to be mentally fit to be responsible for his actions, could be sentenced to “preventive detention”, which can be extended for as long as an inmate is considered dangerous to society.
The verdict of the most high-profile criminal trial in Norway since Nazi collaborators were prosecuted following the second world war is certain to provoke a strong response.
Most Norwegians, including the victims’ families, had wanted Breivik to be found sane so he could be held accountable for what they view as a political crime.
And finally I hope that Norwegian, and International Media will stop giving the perpetrator all the attention he so desperately wished for to reach world wide with his message about the dangers of Islamization of the world and his feared Eurabia philosophy.
I hope to wake up and not see his name mentioned in the media every day.
I don’t want to forget what he did, but I dont think he deserves any more attention to promote his cause either.
Yesterday I went for dinner with a friend of mine and we went to a restaurant that I have heard a lot about and wanted to visit for a long time. Lots of people have talked about this place and recommended it to me earlier and today was the time to go there !
YaYa is not just about the food. Its a full environment experience as well. There are 3 restaurants in Oslo. One downtown, one in Vika and one at Majorstua.
Yayas speciality isn’t just the awesome Thai food they serve there, but like I told you the the whole experience. You enter to a dark room, lit only by multi colored artisan light strings. Tropical music like soft Jamaican reggae sounds from the speakers and tropical trees are set up everywhere along with other kind of Thai decorations like elephants and Thai clothed manequins.
The dining booths are made with bamboo and it looks just awesome.
You can get your variety of tropical drinks from the bar:
So we entered this fantastical, tropical environment and suddenly birds were chirping. We soon learned that that was a signal for the waitors that food was ready in the kitchen for them to pick up and serve the guest.
As we ordered our food – lights went out and music was replaced by sounds of thunder and rain. Lights were blinking like as if it was lightning. We had reached the monsoon season.
Once the monsoon season was over, the music was back and the artisan light strings were lit.
The food tasted absolutely delicious on top of it all. It was by far one of the coolest restaurant visits I have had in my life and its not far away in some strange country, but right here in my own city :D This is my new favourite place to dine out! No doubt !
My friend Mariann moved away from Norway many many years ago to study in UK and there she met her husband Mathias (also Norwegian) who works in a multinational company travelling a lot. Since then they have lived in the UK, the US and now they live in Abu Dahbi and as I don’t get to see my friend or her family very often due to distances I had to make sure I got to see them during their summer holiday back home in Norway so I went to visit them while they were visiting Mariann’s mother in Karmøy outside of Haugesund.
It was a lovely weekend that started off with me loosing my plane (for being a dork and not double checking the time the airplane was scheduled for take-off) and having to buy a new ticket. However that was ok, because I really wanted to see Mariann and her kids as it has already been a year since last I saw her and she has had a new baby since then.
We spent most of the time at her moms house but we also went out for walks and enjoyed the beautiful weather.
Isabella, the new addition to the family
Jonathan, Already 2 years old.
Mom preparing for a shopping trip making notes of what we will need in the store.
Mariann and her mom cooked and we had delicious home made pizza and lasagna for dinner. It was lovely to just spend some time with my friend again and a nice reminder that its far to rare we get the change of meeting each other.
Mariann comes from an island on the south west coast of Norway called Karmøy and its gorgeous nature and landscape thrilled me. It was my first visit there and I really enjoyed it.
Norway was for about 300 years under Danish Reign (1536-1814) and for about 100 years under Swedish Reign (1814 – 1905).
Oslo has been Norways capital since 1314, however it did not become the largest city of the country until the great expansion during the 1800’s.
Accodring to legendary poet and historican writer Snorre Sturlason, the Norwegian King Harald Hårdråde founded the city around 1050 because there was already a large population there, there had easy access to supply and it would be easy to protect the country from the Danish, however excavations has proven that a city structure existed prior to 1050.
After a 3 day city fire in 1624 the Danish King Christian IV decided to rebuild the city and rename it to Christiania after himself.
On this day day in 1924 the Norwegian Parliament decided against the citizens of Christiania that the city was to change its name from January 1st of 1925.
However the first warnings of a name change came already during the mid 1800’s at the same time as an awakening of the medeaval past of the city.
In 1905 when Norway was released from the Union with Sweden more and more of the citizens of Oslo wanted the city to take back its old city name, however the suggestion was turned down and decided to be inappropirate.
In 1918 29 Civil Servants suggested a name change. The newspaper Morgenbladet collected about 28 000 signatures against the suggestion, and the city counsil were worried that renaming the city would cause difficulties, riots and damage for a long period ahead. The city council voted against the suggestion with 52 against 29 votes.
But these matters were up to the Parliament to decide and despite the preparations of the 300 jubilee of the foundation of Christiania in 1624 the matters had to be decided quickly and already on the 11th of July in 1924 the Parliament came to the result that Christiania (also called Kristiania) should deappear already from the 1st of January 1925. Due to the name change the 300 jubilee celebration were cancelled and in urgency the planned jubilee was changed to a city historical exhibition to show both the old and the new Oslo.
Despite the resistance the inhabitants got used to the new name very fast. City areas that had been called Oslo formally were now renamed to the old city.
Basert på artikkelen “Oslo leve!” av Bård Alsvik i byarkivets tidsskrift ”Tobias”.
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I woke up at 8 am and had just enough time to shower and pack before I had to leave. It was still raining and thundering from last nights awful weather. I actually woke up at 2 am by a serious hailstorm whipping towards my window and it was such huge hails that I had to go check if there would be any damage towards the windows. However what I did see was a complete and utter fog so thick that there was no visibility and what little there was was lit by such thunder and lightning that it was a beauty to watch.
I went to Albert Heijn for breakfast and I also went for a small last walk around Den Haag before I got back to the hotel again and ordered a cab to take me to the airport. The ride was comfortable and once at Amsterdam – Schipol airport I picked up some tulip bulbs as gifts for my friends as well as some souvenirs for myself.
I had a layover in Copenhagen where I had dinner and did some more shopping before I flew back to Oslo where I got another cab back home. I was so tired and I felt quite bad as my stomach was acting up again like it has so often during these past weeks – that it was quite awesome to be back home. In my apartment. Not just in a hotel room, but at home with my beloved cat that I have missed a lot during this trip.
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Tagged Den Haag, Den Haag 2012, Netherlands 2012, NL Jun 2012, Norway, The Netherlands, Travel
I just watched Kongen av Bastøy (King of Devils Island).
It is a film based on a true story.
I have wanted to watch the film since it came out, but I didn’t get myself around to see it while still in the theatres and I forgot when it was taken off the program. However today it was sent on TV and I finally go to see it !
The movie is well done and it is a dark part of Norwegian history.
It is Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the Bastoy island, located in the Oslo fjord, lives a group of delinquent, young boys aged 11 to 18.
The boys live under a daily, sadistic regime which is run by the guards and the principal who bestow both mental and physical abuse on them. Instead of the boys being straightened out with education, they end up being used as cheap, manual labor. The boys attempt to survive by adapting to their inhumane conditions.
One day a new boy, Erling (17), arrives with his own agenda; how to escape from the island. How far is he willing to go in order to get his freedom? After a tragic incident takes place, Erling ends up forced into the destinies of the other boys by leading them into a violent uprising. Once the boys manage to take over Bastoy 150 government soldiers are sent in to restore order.
King of Devils Island on IMDB
King of Devils Island on WIKI