Friday, December 7, 2012

Bårdshaug Herregård

We celebrated our first Julebord (= "Christmas table", or "party/feast" might be a better translation) of the season with the Math Center at a mansion in Orkanger, about 45 minutes west of Trondheim. Bårdshaug Herregård was built in 1860 and then developed by industrial tycoon Marius Thams in the early 1900s. He build Norway's first railroad to carry copper ore from Løkkenverk to a smelter in Orkanger and became very rich. He build an elborate bath house with electric showers, the first in Norway, and was popular with the king. The house is filled with hunting trophies from his many trips to Africa, as well as a library of valuable books, mostly French.

The Julebord was very fun, with entertainment, dinner and dancing until late late into the night. It was a beautiful way to celebrate the end of a good conference and the start of the holiday season.

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