Sunday, May 25, 2014

Impending strike: kids ecstatic

Several sectors are poised to strike at midnight, amongst them the teacher union. If no last minute deal materializes by midnight, the kids won't be going to school tomorrow. You have no idea how much excitement there is around the neighborhood today.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Military event at the fortress

Peter and Maggie and their friends have been hanging out down by the fortress near our house. There's a big military showing going on for a couple of days, with tanks and missile launchers and rides in treaded vehicles and all kinds of stuff. Peter tried out battle armor and got to look through rifle scopes with heat vision.

My favorite moment was seeing two 3-year old girls in pink coats playing with a sniper rifle. "The girls' first sniper rifle -- touching!" I told there laughing father.

It was an impressive collection of military hardware, and a good recruiting move by the military. My kids and their friends certainly were fascinated. Yeah, ok, maybe me too.





Friday, May 9, 2014

Sunset, 10:30 pm


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cool mural in Bodø

Troll mural on the wall across from my hotel in Bodø. Awesome.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Saltstraumen

I'm in Bodø at the finale to a year-long project with a couple of high schools. Our group came a day early so that the organizers could take us out on Saltstraumen, the world's strongest tidal current. Due to the perfect configuration of bodies of water, the tide creates a powerful current that can move up to 400 million cubic meters of water every six hours. The current can reach speeds of 41 kph (25 mph) and create whirlpools up to 10 meters across and 5 meters deep.

We boarded a rib boat (reinforced inflatable boat) and headed out at high speed out into the fjord. We could see the half-moon before we left, and we were told sadly that the current is strongest during a full or new moon, and weakest during a half-moon. We would be seeing the current at its weakest.



We stopped at several points along the way and an expert guide told us interesting bits of history, culture and geology. Especially interesting were these stone cliffs with undulating ridges:



Here's a video clip of where the current is the strongest, under a bridge. You can see the difference in the water level on either side of the bridge, and the river of water riding on top of the surface of the sea.


The trip was exciting, even if we didn't get sucked into 10 meter wide vortices. As our guide said, it is a twice-in-a-lifetime experience! We'll be back next year...

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Snow?!

26th of April. Almost summer!




3rd of May. Oh snap!






Friday, May 2, 2014

Ikea breakfast

Day after May Day, Ikea had an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet for 19,-.  (about $3). We all went and took Maggie's friend Sigurd. It was madness. All of Trondheim showed up for the breakfast it seemed. We waited for 45 minutes to get our food... and it was worth it! Eggs, salmon, sausage, salami, cheese, yogurt, meatballs, veggies, pancakes. Mmmmm...

Here we are. Notice that Sigurd is in his russe outfit. Russe season started yesterday and continues until 17th of May.