Back in autumnal Tromsø

Paul and I both came back to Tromsø last Friday – Paul from the Arctic winter and me from the Dutch Summer… straight into very autumnal weather in Tromsø! We had rain, rain, rain all weekend. Paul really wanted to go for a walk in spite of this, so we put on our waterproofs and braved the weather!

The landscape is really beautiful now, with all the trees yellow and the blueberry bushes a bright red. It would be stunning in sunny weather, but it was impressive in the rain too. This is a panorama Paul took on our way up. Note how it’s white in the foreground – snow!

We were trying to reach the top of Grønnlibruna, at 401 m high. This would be my 7th “Ti på Topp” which is enough to get a reward (a mug). Unfortunately we never made it there. The rain changed into snow when we got out of the shelter of the forest. I started to be cold, I later found out that my waterproofs were no good and I was soaked underneath. I think the photos below say enough ;)

After taking these photos, we turned around and went back to the car to enjoy some hot chocolate and drive home to a warm bath :) Too bad I didn’t make it to my last top, but I think I can live without the mug ;)

The next day I joined Sevim for a walk close to Tromsø. We were lucky, it was sunny! We went at sunset though, so we walked in the almost-dark most of the time, but I did manage to take a few photos of the autumn landscape – very pretty!

Life is getting back to normal, Paul is back at work and I should start working on my corrections soon. We’re going to Oslo for the weekend, I have a job interview there on Monday! The job would be in Tromsø, but the head office is in Oslo, that’s why they asked me to come there. Paul has still not been to Oslo, so we decided to use this opportunity to do some sightseeing.

I’ll try to post some photos of my time in the Netherlands soon… stay tuned :)

7 Responses to “Back in autumnal Tromsø”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wouw! beautiful! So the summer is really over there?

    Emma

  2. Ben says:

    Excellent photos! It's finally looking autumnal here in England too, but it'll be a few months before we see what little snow we see here.

    What job are you being interviewed for? What language is the interview going to be in? How's your Norwegian going?

  3. Hanneke says:

    @Emma, yep! In fact winter is very near, we have ice and snow already!

    @Ben, the interview was in Norwegian :) I am quite proud that I was able to do that, though I am sure the interviewer simplified his language for me ;) I've improved a lot lately. The job is as a weather forecaster in Tromsø so I would have to speak Norwegian on the job. I am happy with how the interview went, now I just have to wait (about 3 weeks) to know the outcome. Not sure what my chances are, as I can't really compete with the fluent speakers of course, but we'll see!

  4. Hanneke says:

    PS, Ben I just had a look at your photo gallery, great photos!! Your beach photos make me homesick for Norfolk :)

  5. Ben says:

    Thanks Hanneke! I miss Norway too. :-)

    One thing I've been wondering is, are there seaside towns in Norway? I know that most Norwegian towns are coastal, but are there rides, arcades, fairs, and other tourist attractions common to English seaside towns?

  6. Hanneke says:

    Most towns are coastal, but they don't really have beaches, usually just harbours. I'm not sure what it's like in the south, but I have never seen the English-kind of seaside town in Norway! To me that's something very English actually, in the Netherlands we have seaside towns but not with rides, arcades, fairs or grannies with buckets of coins ;)

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