Every October, around this time, I get a little nostalgic for our year in Norway. We arrived in Stavanger in October after a three week backpacking trip and it was so dark...literally: sun up at 10:00am, down at 2:00pm.
Last night we were watching GBBO (Great British Bake Off..DUH!) and somehow Stavanger came up. I got a little sad because I'm finding it harder and harder to remember the little things. That year is almost like a dream...did it even really happen?
Here is what comes to mind right now. This list is as much for me as anyone else.
1. Stavanger is officially the windiest and rainiest city on Earth (according to me).
2. The tunnels are really long, really narrow, and a little creepy and we took a video of one:
3. Red hearts are a major element of all Christmas decorations in Norway.
4. The strawberries were so good that I ate too many and got hives.
5. The Queen Mary II docked for a day and completely blocked our apartment window...nothing to see but CRUISE SHIP
6. That apartment was only 247 sq. ft. Yep, that's right...here's a photo...of half of it...
6. Sometimes on Fridays we would splurge and split a $30 beer at this adorable chocolate shop.
7. I was a full time nanny/au pair...cared for a year old baby boy five days a week...taught me a lot and I still keep in touch with the parents. I will never get over the luck we had in finding Sonja and Simon. They were so awesome and I still think of them very often.
8. The salmon was SO good and SO cheap.
9.The Stavanger library. Best place ever. If it wasn't for this, I'd have lost my mind. I went every single day.
10. Relearning to drive a stick shift in a single weekend, in my boss' car (I said they were awesome), in a foreign country where I can't read the signs, in the snow. YAY!
11. This photo was taken at 11:00pm-ish. That's right...summer in the top of Norway = sunny all the time
12. Watching the Eurovision song contest with Andrew, late into a Saturday night. Norway won that year for the first time in 30+ years! And on top of that, the next day was May 17th, Independence Day. It was really funny. Here's the performance that won it. WHAT?! It was 100% ridiculous.
13. I rode the bus all day every day. AND LOVED IT.
14. We slipped and fell on the ice so many times that my uncle had to send us these. They saved our lives.
15. Unfortunately, we were there at the height of the "jumping pic" craze
16. I practiced yoga daily in a 247sq. ft apartment or at work while the baby napped...I had zero money for classes and used this podcast.
17. I discovered The Splendid Table and listened to a gazillion episodes as I walked the streets and rode the buses.
18. I started a bookclub with some random ex-pat women and we kept it up for a full year...I even have a coffee mug with our photo on it
19. The streets are all so clean....all the time.
20. Going out to eat and to a bar will set you back $300+ easy...I'm serious
21. IKEA is everything and larger than you can possibly imagine.
22. We house sat for one of Andrew's coworkers. This was the view out her kitchen windows...
...I remember drinking coffee, opening up the laptop one morning we were there, and reading that Michael Jackson had died. The photo above? Taken at 1:00am #CrazyNorwaySummerSun
23. We drove a lot of roads with a lot of switchbacks. We took a video:
24. We went to a late night performance at this church. Unbelievably beautiful and the most magnificent stained glass I've ever seen.
25. We ate whale. It's legal there. Not going to lie...it was super good.
That's all the little things that come to me right now. It was a fun time...all a blur really.