Okay well I think you have waited long enough for part II! As I said earlier these are actually busy times for me, and I am very thankful that I make appointments with my friends because otherwise I would never get around to spending time with them. My studies are very demanding right now, as is my job…so free time has to be well planned!
I do believe that friendships need to be invested in, just like a marriage. You have to make appointments and keep them, do things that are interesting together so that your friends have a common history, a common ground in which to put down roots and grow. Some may think that I take off on weekend trips with my girlfriends quite a lot. That’s a bit more common here, and easier now that my children are teens, but it is an important part of our history and an irreplaceable part of my social relationships.
Now back to last weekends trip. On Saturday we took advantage of the good weather to take a hike in the surrounding area. I have earlier posted on Rjukan waterfall. This trip was to a damn and an artificial lake where they now control the water into the river below to create our famous clean hydroelectricity. On one side of the damn is a lovely ‘artificial’ lake (pic at top), and on the other side of the damn (which we crossed….scary scary!!) you can see the river beds lovely rock structures and form.
As is the tradition in Norwegian hiking we brought along a backpack with food and drink and sunned ourselves (in the degree you can sun yourself in a winter jacket, hat and mittens) along the waters edge. My friend Eli is a master at knitting and if you try to get a good look she made both the Norwegian style hats, and her sweater in the picture. I truly envy her patience and her skills.
Here is a picture of me on the trip, not quite as glamorous as the Norwegian girls. My sweater is Dale, a Norwegian original, but bought in a shop. I do not knit as well as Eli.
Then of course there is the surprise I was telling you about. Here in the last picture you can see it in the background….what is that white stuff gathering in the night on the edge of the terrace???
Stay tuned to see how much fun we had the next day!!!