Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Midsummer's night eve

Midsummer's night is a big deal in Norway. In a land so acutely aware of the changes in light, it's easy to see historically how these solstices would be key celebrations. We love 'em to. It's the shortest night of the year, the spot where the earth is tilted so it points directly at the sun. Here it is at 12:30 am, one hour after sunset:


This evening we joined a celebration at the folk museum with some friends. The museum is situated in a fantastic site overlooking the city and fjord. It's populated with original buildings from hundreds of years ago. There was big bonfire, grills for cooking, and a dance floor and band. The kids loved playing with the giant "Lincoln logs" and building their own houses.

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