Friday, July 19, 2013

New surroundings- Oslo

We've been renting an apartment in Oslo for the month with the plan to move here, but, alas, northern Norway calls. We will be moving back to Båtsfjord on August 8 and we'll spend the next year there while we wait for Ben's green card to be processed. Still, we've had a GREAT time in Oslo!

We've done a lot of touristy things while here, liking visiting this Oslo landmark-
Holmenkollen ski jump. 

This is the view from our apartment. We have seen many amazing "sunsets" (this is the land of the midnight sun so the sun is only down for a very short time) and skies from this view. We can even see Holmenkollen from our window!

 This is the most popular beach in Oslo, called Huk, on an island in Oslo called Bygdøy. The boys love playing in the sand and swimming. I, personally, want to come here every day!

Warm day- cold, yet refreshing ocean swim! Me and Phoenix!

City slickers!

Another one of our favorites- Vigeland Sculpture Park, over 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. It is the world's largest sculpture park by a single artist.

Found a 4th of July party in Oslo with an American Hot Rods car show. 

Our little Vikings (with new haircuts). 

Our Surroundings- Båtsfjord

The drive out of town. 

Ben and I got a few hours to ourselves.
We went to this waterfall, just a few minutes out of town.

The fort that Ben has been building for the boys in "the backyard". 
Ben's mom's house/childhood home and where will be living this year, 
is the green house on the left. 

I think Rio likes the fort!

World War 2 Nazi Base

Finnmark is the county farthest north in Norway. It is also the least populated. This is where my husband grew up, in a fishing community called Båtsfjord. During World War 2, Norway was occupied by Nazi Germany. There are a number of their bases along the Finnmark coastline. Like most boys, ours love a good fight, a story of good overcoming evil. And with a backdrop like this, they are having fun pretending to be the "good guys", defeating the "bad guys"(war is obviously not that simple though!). Ben loves talking about war history and his boys eat it up. Ben brought his Nazi helmet along to play with! These pictures are from Kongsfjord, Norway, near Berlevåg

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Life in Norway so far

The reunion
Trying to enjoy the 39 degree weather- in June!
Ben working on the rock fort he is building for the boys. 
Frying fish cakes made from fresh haddock caught right here in the Barents Sea.
YUM! CARDAMOM donuts! And the last of my Starbucks VIA. 
It was summer-like weather for a couple weeks.
Had the boys running on the beach and wading in the arctic waters.