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Month: May 2009

Russ

Russ

In my last post I promised to write about the parade of final year high school students on the 17th of May. This is a really curious part of Norwegian culture, called “Russefeiring“, Russ-celebration – the participants are called Russ.  The celebrations start on the evening before the 1st of May and end 17 days later, on the 17th of May. During this time, the Russ wear a kind of overall, and the colour of the overall is related to…

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Søttende Mai

Søttende Mai

The 17th of May is the Norwegian national day – also called Constitution Day, as they celebrate getting a constitution on 17 May 1814. It’s a day people look forward to for a long time, full of parades and music. Here in Tromsø, festivities started at 7 in the morning! As we live in the city centre, we were woken up by the marching bands very early. Coming from a country where on our national day we dress up in…

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Telegrafbukta

Telegrafbukta

Just two quick photos of today – we decided to go to Telegrafbukta, a park at the south tip of the island, with a beach 🙂 There were a lot of people there, all enjoying the sunshine. We brought some food and beer and enjoyed the views. It was only about 10 degrees, but in the sun and out of the wind, it felt a lot warmer! Marcel, Anja and Emma joined us for a while 🙂 It was a…

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Klokka 2 in the morning

Klokka 2 in the morning

Two more days and the sun won’t set anymore! Last night the sunset was a few minutes before midnight, and sunrise just 1.5 hour later, at 1:30. It doesn’t get dark anymore, and this confuses my inner clock – I just don’t get sleepy and stay up very late. This is the view from our balcony at 2 in the morning… The mountains in the distance were just catching the first sun rays, with mist over the fjord… it was…

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Queen's Day BBQ

Queen's Day BBQ

30 April is the Dutch national holiday: Queen’s Day. Paul has a few Dutch colleagues, and one of them decided to organize a BBQ for Queen’s Day – great idea 🙂 I wanted to contribute some Dutch food and first thought of making “bitterballen” myself. But after reading lots of recipes I decided that it was a bit too ambitious and time consuming. So instead I decided to bake “oranjekoek”, a typical Dutch cake with almond paste, orange peel and…

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