Bluegrass in Bergen

A week ago, one of my friends told me that a bluegrass group was coming to Bergen to play a couple of sets. I got three of my friends to join me Monday night to hear some bluegrass and cajun music at a folk music venue called Columbi Egg. The group is called Foghorn Stringband, and when the two cajuns joined them half-way into the set they became Cajun Country Revival. They put on a great show! So after the set, Kjetil asked where we might be able to find them jamming the following night. They shot him an email and we headed out to the bar last night to hear some more tunes.

We made some new friends at the bar while we waited for the band to start playing some tunes; Åse Britt and Bjørn (aka Polka-Bjørn). Åse Britt and I danced to some cajun music and then Polka-Bjørn sang "In the Jailhouse Now" - he was really good!! Kjetil had his accordion in the back of his car and asked the mandolin player if he could join for a few songs and he was warmly welcomed.

Around 1:30AM we de…

Herring spawning survey

The first survey (tokt in Norwegian) of the year for me was 12 days aboard M/V "Vendla" for the hunt for Norwegian spring-spawning herring. We began the tokt from Ålesund and finished in Tromsø.

The first night was a rough one. I did not get seasick, but the wind gusts were over 30 meters per second and I felt like a ragdoll in my bed. After a couple of days we finally found some herring and began sampling. We worked 12 hour shifts and I was happy that I was able to find time to run on the treadmill nearly everyday and still get a full-night's rest. The food on board was amazing, and we all looked forward to what Tor had made for us for dinner.

On the eve of my 29th birthday, I received a message from one of my colleagues on another boat of the northern lights, so I threw on my jacket and boots and ran out to the bow of the boat. It was pretty amazing! We were pulling in a catch, the seagulls were going crazy, the sky was clear but full of stars and then I saw the danci…

A weekend getaway

Last weekend I took myself to Trondheim. It was a lot colder and icier than I had predicted. I stayed at an airbnb that was a 25 minute walk from town, but it was nice to still get in a walk because I'm used to walking Pancho a lot everyday. I went for a couple of runs as well. Super icy, but just can't resist getting out in the sunshine!

Friday I took myself to a couple of concerts. First one was at an intimate little pub with a guitarist from Lillehammer. And the second one was Jonas Alaska, a Norwegian favorite in the Indie scene. It was a good evening.

Saturday I met up with a girl who I had gone scuba diving with in Thailand. We hadn't seen each other in 8 years, but when we met for dinner it was as if no time had passed. It was a wonderful weekend and I'm learning a lot about myself. Here's to 2018!

Bergen snow

Pancho and I have been enjoying this week's winter weather up on the mountain. He only runs with me in the snow and we have a great time!

A new year, and new beginnings


Barents Sea Ecosystem Survey

It has been months since I last posted, and it's been pretty busy lately. But I thought I'd recap my last survey for the year - the Barents Sea Ecosystem Survey. I was on this survey last year, but this year was a different set up. We had pelagic and bottom trawls on the same boat. Last year, the pelagic trawls were done on one boat, and bottom trawls on another. The target species for the pelagic trawls is capelin ("lodde" in Norwegian).

We started out from Longyearbyen, Svalbard on September 13th and the sky was blue, but the wind was really strong. We boarded R/V Johan Hjort after a few hours in town. Taxes are reduced on Svalbard, so people like to shop for outerwear, tobacco and alcohol.

I had night shift and we worked 6 hours on 6 hours off for three weeks. It was tiresome and hard work. We had fish coming on deck almost constantly and I nearly passed out again, but now I know the symptoms when they come and I lay on the floor until it passes. I learned from m…

Mackerel survey 2017

July 5th til August 6th I was aboard F/V Kings Bay to take part in the annual summer mackerel survey in the Norwegian Sea. I was dreading being out for nearly 5 weeks, but in the end I left with some very close friends and lots of memories. This survey was definitely one of a kind this year!