Summer vacation (Norwegian wedding summary)
After just one week at my new job, I took two weeks vacation for our Norwegian wedding in northern Norway. We picked up Carolyn on July 4th, and started driving north. We drove about 13 hours the first day, and made sure to stop a couple of times to fill up coffee and give the dog a break. The second day we drove the last 7 hours, and made it to the summer house at Gjelvågan in time for dinner.
|Driving through Songdal - fjord Norway (western Norway) is the prettiest drive.|
|Summer skiers...people skiing on the 4th of July - only in Norway|
|Hard to see, but just behind Marius is the landmark for crossing the Arctic Circle|
After hours of decorating, Marius and I took Carolyn and Pancho for an easy hike up Storgjedden before going home to make dinner. The next morning we woke up to great weather so we decided to do some kayaking, swimming and running. I love it up there!
Thursday night, the rest of the Americans drove in. We stayed up til 2:30AM talking and getting excited for Saturday. Friday night we had a dinner for the people who travelled up for the wedding, as well as the family members who would be hosting some of our friends. Dinner was served at an old general store that has been turned into a museum (called Falkbrygga). We ate a traditional Norwegian meal called lapskaus, and were given a short presentation about the place (which included a reading of the insurance papers - we thought that was really funny for some reason).
Saturday morning came, and the weather was very grey. Luckily no rain! Elisabeth (Marius' aunt) came by and took a few pictures of us; a couple on a bench, a few with our beloved Pancho, and some walking along the beach.
From there we drove to our wonderfully decorated hall and partied. Our friend Knut Erik was a great toastmaster. Toasts are the main feature of the Norwegian wedding reception, and Knut proved to be the best pick. He was good at introducing people, inserting comedy and some fun new games that were supposedly Norwegian tradition. One such game was that whenever Marius or I left the room without the other, then all the single guys and girls had to come give us a kiss on the cheek. The band was also great! They played our song from Grand Rapids ("More of You" by Chris Stapleton) and lots of my favorite songs. We didn't get home til 4AM! It was a lot of fun and totally different from the wedding we had in Grand Rapids.
|Beautiful mittens knitted for us by a cousin with the coordinates|
of the wedding location and the wedding date. Mine have the fish!
|Our friend Kjetil played his accordian for us!|
Sunday we moved pretty slow, but the day zipped by, as it did the morning after the Grand Rapids wedding. We ate leftovers and cake, lots of cake, and caught up with all of our friends who took on the challenege of getting up there.
Monday we did a hike to Svartisen with the family and some of Marius' family. The weather was perfect for it! A good day for everyone!
|Just after crossing two ice cold glacial rivers. Carolyn and I each took turns|
carrying Pancho over
|Pancho was outside almost 24 hours. He preferred sleeping|
outside in the grass.
Thanks for a great summer vacation Mom, Dad, Aunt Jill, Uncle Jeff, Carolyn, Marius, Tron, Rigmor, Katrine, Knut Erik, Martin...and everyone who came to be with us for our Norwegian wedding. Both weddings were extremely memorable and I can't wait to start making my scrapbook!