Friday, April 11, 2008

Hytte Warming

On Sunday we took a trip to Klæbu for a hytte-warming party. Mr. Maro, one of Anna's teachers, bought a hytte on a hill overlooking a lake. Klæbu is a small town about a 40 minute drive from Trondheim. The trip was lovely, passing through green countryside, roads winding through canyons, and between mountain walls dramatically sparkling with frozen waterfalls. I can see why most people in Norway have at least one cabin. They can be inexpensive and the scenery outside of the cities is exquisite.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Norway has a population of 4.5 million. That's less than the population of the city of Chicago. If my small town of Bellingham (population 80,000) were transported to Norway, it would be the 6th largest city. Norway has a lot of space, and a lot of natural beauty. We really haven't seen enough of it.

Later in the day we met friends for bowling and then started the new week. This week has been stress-free compared with last week, and it's been nice to relax at the office and focus on projects. I submitted a paper on biangular coordinates to a math journal, sent in the "final" revision on my geometry art book, and have been formatting and illustrating a math puzzle book I'm coauthoring with Ingvill.

The days have become quite long, quite quickly. Sunrise is at 6 am and it sets near 9 pm, and days are lengthening at the rate of about 6 1/2 minutes per day. Still, Norway can't make up her mind whether it is spring yet, we have alternating warm sunny days with snowy days this week. Must be driving the flowers mad.

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