Wednesday, June 25, 2008

End Days

Tuesday was an exciting day at work as we wrapped up our projects and talked about future collaborations. I packed up most of my office.

In the evening, we had dinner at Martin and Elisabeth's. It was a traditional meal of kjøttkake (meat cakes) and cabbage soup. Absolutely delicious! Maggie stayed overnight with Frøy for one last hurrah.

Wednesday morning, we started by picking up Pam's passport. She FINALLY got her work permit, 6 days before leaving. (My permit I arranged through the Norwegian consulate in the U.S. before we left, Pam arranged hers locally here in Trondheim. I got my permit in 3 weeks, she got hers in 10 months. Hmmm...)

On Wednesday, we went to Martnan, a special open air market downtown, this week only. The weather's been dodgy the past couple of days, raining one minute, sunny the next. We dodged raindrops as we navigated endless booths of cheap junk and food vendors. As one of our friends described it, "It's crap that is made to look like gold by all the crap around it." We did have a good find as we were walking back to our car: a kebab restaurant downtown called Mona Lisa Kebab. We got a very tasty kebab roll, which had an incredible amount of meat in it, enough to feed the whole family.

Afterwards, we went to Evelina and Daniel's for dinner. We had spaghetti, and feeling adventurous, Evelina and I grated brunost on top of our pasta. A dangerous move – brunost, or brown cheese, is a sweet caramelly weird substance that is not cheese at all. Surprisingly, spaghetti, tomato sauce, and brunost is actually very good. We said another round of goodbyes to our very good friends. Anna decided to stay overnight for one last visit with Sophia.

At 8:30 we picked up Maggie. A lot of tears were shed as the girls said their final farewells. They have been best friends all year. Frøy is leaving on vacation so they won't see each other again for a long time.

We also picked up Lise and Soniva and brought them back to our place. We played games, ate cookies, and watched Eddy Izzard, an English comedian that Lisa is particularly fond of and insisted we see. I don't often watch stand-up comics, but he was very very funny. It was a delight to get to know these two, even though we'll soon be gone.

Our neighbors Stina and Petter have invited us to dinner this evening to say goodbye.

This past week has been a series of goodbyes and we are feeling more and more empty. Five days remaining in Norway... time to get packing I suppose.

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