Monday, December 23, 2013

History Channel's Vikings

It's nice to have some quiet down time. I'm all caught up on Lilyhammer and so now I'm watching a different TV series, the History Channel's Vikings. The story, soon to start its second season, follows the life of Ragnar Lothbruk, a viking farmer and warrior who becomes an explorer leading raids across the ocean to the west. It is also the story of his family and friends and what happens to their culture as it comes into contact with new civilations across the sea.

It is a violent program that shows how short and brutal life was in these times. I've been fascinated by this excellent production and highly recommend it.

Oh yeah, the fjords are gorgeous as well.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Boy's choir at Nidarosdomen

We got tickets to the Christmas concert at the cathedral as a gift. Concerts in the cathedral are awesome. The building itself inspires awe, and then the acoustics are really exceptional. Gave me shivers!

The show was an hour, featuring an orchestra, a violinist, the Trondheim Solonistene choir, and the Trondheim Guttekor (boy's choir). This was an excellent was to get further into the Christmas spirit.



Saturday, December 21, 2013

Solstice

We celebrated solstice today, a good viking tradition but we celebrate it our way. We took a nature walk, along the fjord this year because it was so warm. Indy came with us and went swimming. At home we ate a good meal of Thai food, opened some presents, and lit some candles and sang songs. Then Pam gave us all matching jammies! Blue and fuzzy with hoods and boots. Very comfortable. We wore them all night and the next day too. Awesome.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nøtteknekkeren

We attended Trøndelag Teater's production of the Nutcracker last night. I had expected the standard Nutcracker story, music, dance etc. I was pleasantly surprised that we got something entirely different. The story was a funny musical, full of Norwegian cultural jokes and references. The costumes were superb, especially the rats who were very creepy. We gasped again and again at the dramatic scene changes. The songs were fun, and included a bit where the house servants do a medley of songs and dances from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.

Oh so fun! And sold out for the rest of the year. We are always impressed with Trondheim theatrical, music and dance productions.

Here's one picture from my own camera and a few more from the theater's website:








Friday, December 13, 2013

Warm and windy

The snow is all gone. It's been warm and raining. Very weird for Norway in December. Many Norwegians are beside themselves – they want to ski!

Along with the warm weather there have been strong storms. Thursday night I flew from Stavanger to Trondheim. We circled Trondheim in the airplane for 30 minutes, hoping the wind would stop so we could land. No such luck. The plane flew back to Stavanger and I had to catch a morning flight instead.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Snow snow snow! And Christmas is coming...

We got about a foot of snow. After a very mild and snow-free autumn, the winter weather finally let loose. There was minor chaos at the Oslo airport on Friday as airport along the west coast were shutting down because of storms. I made it back to Trondheim okay, arriving to lots and lots of snow. It's still novel, and thus fun. I think in about 6 weeks it won't be nearly as much fun.




Today we got our Christmas tree and unpacked decorations. We decorated the tree to Chirstmas songs and hot glogg, a traditional holiday drink.