We are really excited / nervous now!! People will start arriving tomorrow and we will be moving to our hotel too. This evening we were at The First Hotel Millennium to prepare some surprises for our guests and make sure everything was in order. We met up with some of our trusty helpers to plan the last minute details, so now we are as ready as we will ever be to receive our honoured guests. Stop in to RennyBA’s Terella and see how he has been preparing!
Before taking off and giving all my energy to OsloBG I had to take care of a bit of personal business as well. My oldest son just turned 22 and having moved to a new student apartment Renny and I promised him a much needed new bed for his birthday gift. So Justin and I took off for Ikea yesterday morning and ordered a new ‘little’ double bed for his room. He chose a simple but nice eik frame and good matresses which were delivered this afternoon, and three happy boys have sat on the floor assembling it all evening 🙂
Vega vegetarian restaurant taken with Nokia X6
As thanks for his birthday gift my son took me out to his favorite Vegetarian restaurant, Vega in Oslo. For 100 norwegian krone, about 12.5 Euro you can get an all you can eat buffet of very good vegetarian and vegan food. The atmosphere is also quite charming. It is located in an old bathing house and retains a lot of its earlier charm. We were seated out in the back courtyard in an enchanting green environment.
Today was spent on my other son, Kyle. He starts school tomorrow and was sorely in need of a haircut. Something which has been neglected in all the business of the past few weeks. So I had no choice but to ring every salon I knew of to try and find an available stylist for him, and Eureaka I finally found one at my favorite salon in Oslo, Frisør M. He wasn’t entirely thrilled with me when I took this picture but then again its a parents job to embarass their children, builds character don’t you think!! And besides folks doesn’t he look cute!
Kyle gets a new 'do'
His lunch choice was much more simple then his brothers was yesterday. A simple guy with regular guy tastes his choice, Subway! Although Subway is an American restaurant we do have a few of them in Oslo and thier popularity seems to be growing. After the little reminder of what good subs they make, I can really understand why!
Yummy Subway Club Sub
Well folks this is my last post before meeting the first of our guests tomorrow evening. Cross your fingers for us and follow along on both our blogs and on Facebook and Twitter as well!!
Today is the last day of our official summer vacation in Mariestad. It is always a bit of a sad day when we pack up and go back to Oslo. Not that we don’t enjoy Oslo of course but this place is our holiday place, where the days are free and we relax in what we think of as our summer paradise. Although the locals may protest that the past couple weeks have been neither summer nor paradise (lets just say the flowers aren’t going to dry up while we are gone) we have made the best of it and have been out and about in the city and on the beach every day and all in all had a very lovely summer.
Beautiful Harbour Sunset taken with Nokia X6
We were lucky to have relatively good weather when Dad and Teri were here, and enjoyed a boat trip on Lake Vänern. That day was unbelievably gorgeous, a perfect day to fill up Dad’s photo album. (We helped him a bit too!) Here you can see Mariestad approached from the water. RennyBA is blogging about this boat trip as we speak – or rather write – so you can get all the details over at his place!
Approaching Mariestad from the Lake
In fact we visited the lake as much as possible. This is our peaceful place, our photo place and our romantic place. The beautiful nature is part of what makes Mariestad called Vänern’s Pearl, and a part of the reason our summer home is located here too.
A windy wonderful day
And regardless of the weather we enjoyed good food, here I have a larger kitchen and more time then I do at home so we are always cooking up something good in the kitchen. In short this summer we ate.
Steak with onions, grilled veggies, and fries
Grilled Shrimp with Artichoke, and grilled veggies
Homemade Pizza is best!
But not it is time to pack up our summer things and return to Oslo.
RennyBA and his new little Fabia
We have to be home on Thursday to meet some other blog friends who could not join us for OsloBG but were in the area now instead, and then we have some last minute planning and arrangements to make, plus a personal engagement on Saturday. The clock is ticking now my friends. In just over a week the grand event begins! Stay tuned……
We have now had two great weeks with Dad and Teri here in Oslo. The weather hasn’t cooperated all the time but we have made the best out of it and we have had a good time no matter what. We had four wonderful days in the Oslo area, four great days in Mariestad and three memorable days in Bergen. I am happy that they took two weeks this time so they had time with the kids and us and could really get an idea of how we live, what we like, and a good taste of Norway and even Sweden.
I know they have appreciated the time they were able to spend with us, and every time they visit I learn new things about my dad that I may not have understood as a kid. He is a really good guy, and his wife Teri is also very loving and tries to take care of and help everyone she cares about. My sons have really been around a lot lately which shows how much they want to be with their grandparents while they were here, and even Renny’s family has come to visit several times to get to know my family better. So all in all it has been a great success all around.
But tomorrow they have to get on the plane home. And while we need our lives to get more back to normal, and they do too, not to mention Dad’s vacation is over…it is still sad to let them go. I know it will be a long time before I see them again, at least a year. Next time will probably be in the USA, but then again who knows. The most important thing though is that we have really made the most out of the time we had here and now! I’ll miss you guys!!
On Saturday we had a fantastic summer experience with my Dad and Teri. We were invited to our neighbors cottate on the Oslofjord and had a great day on the water. We cruised the Oslofjord and saw all the great sites from the water. The Opera House, the summer houses, the islands, the Museums, and even the passing boat traffic.
Dad visits the Opera House by boat
The whole idea was Kyle’s. He is best friends with the neighbor’s son and the boys are out in the boat and use the cottage all the time. It was his idea to share what he likes to do with his grandpa…and luckily with some help from our friends we got to tag along.
We were also invited for a lovely dinner grilled out in the back garden. Thanks to such good friends who shared their summer home and boat with us, it was a dream of a trip – and the first time I have been on a boat trip with my Dad since I was 16!
Next on the agenda, a trip to Sweden. We will enjoy showing him around our summer place too!