Wednesday, September 15, 2010

100 year fest

NTNU is celebrating it's 100-year anniversary, and their big party was last night. It started with after-work parties all across campus. We enjoyed champagne with the various folks around our office, and then I headed off to explore the activities.

We took a tour of the attic of the main old building, saw some robotic snakes, rode on a Segway (fun and easy!), saw an awesome science show, and then met up with old friends for the concerts.

The highlight was the Åge Aleksandersen concert that closed the evening from 10:30 to midnight. Åge has been a Trønder-Rock musician for about 40 years. A well-known Trondheim native, he lives very close to my house but this was the first time I'd seen him at work. Wow. Just wow. The show was terrific. The floor bounced up and down with the dancing, and everyone sang along. I felt like a part of Norwegian culture – here is a musician that everyone in Trondheim grew up listening to, and whether or not he's seen as dated today or not, there is no denying that he is a cultural force.

Count me as an Åge fan!

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