Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Matematikkhuset

Tonight we celebrated the start of my new company with my business partner and her husband. I'm working half-time this year at the university, and with my other half I'm working with a colleague making products, courses, and equipment for math teaching. We've already done quite a bit of preparation and are nearly ready to launch Matematikkhuset. We declared our opening at 20:10 on 20/10/2010. (Cool numbers, ja?)

To kick off the evening's celebration, we all met on a hill next to the festning. Snow was on the ground, and our friends had built a fire. From our vantage point on top of the hill, we could see the cathedral, the bridge into downtown, the university, the Tyholt tårn, and the festning of course. A full moon hung in the sky. It was an amazing view in all directions.

We popped champagne and immediately the fireworks began. Unbeknownst to Pam, a bank is opening a new building and was celebrating with a fireworks display launching from the festning at 20:10. It felt like our own personal fireworks. The show went on and on, launching about 100 meters away, the firebursts exploding right overhead. It was amazing. I read in the paper the next day that it was largest and most expensive fireworks display ever put on in Trondheim.

Here's a few minutes of the display:



Feeling like we were in a fairytale, we walked down the hill into Bakklandet, where the celebration continued at a restaurant in Bakklandet. Afterwards, we took a taxi home and were in bed very late.

Tonight was one of the best evenings we've had in Norway. Tomorrow, the hard work goes on.

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