Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Road Trip to Oslo

Let's see, take 2 French brothers with Norwegian names, a random American (me), a Swedish car with French registration, a snowstorm and a road trip from Trondheim to Oslo and that sounds like trouble. Actually it turned out quite well. Leif needed to have his brother drive the Saab back to France so that he wouldn't have to pay the incredible Norwegian import tax. So Leif and I just tagged along as far as Oslo and then flew back to Trondheim. We took the scenic route down the E6 highway between Trondheim and Oslo. We stopped overnight at a hotel near the Gålå ski resort on Saturday night and then drove the rest of the way to Oslo on Sunday. It was snowing continuously from Saturday afternoon until we were almost to Oslo, so that made the driving a little tricky in places, but the little Saab came through with flying colors. The scenery around the Lillehammer area was truly spectacular. Words fail me actually, I cannot adequately describe how beautiful some of the landscape is there. There are some more pictures on my picassa site, unfortunately it was hard to take pictures along the highway as it was snowing and there wasn't a lot of good places to stop the car, but you can take my word for it.
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Maybe I was the glue...

The last time the Oregon men's BB team lost this many games in a row was, let's see, in 1993, a few months before I moved to Eugene. So now I leave and what happens? 0-8 in the conference. Maybe I was the glue that held the whole thing together, I don't know.
Let's go Ducks! I can't afford to fly all the way back there just so you can win a game. You'll have to do it on your own.


I don't trust German aluminum foil. Not at all. I don't think I need to explain that. Maybe I do but you'll have to ask me.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Jeg har en plante!

This is my new plant. I call it "planty" Hopefully it will have some friends soon but I can only carry so much from the Plantajsen shop at once. The little plastic thing said, "doesn't like direct sunlight". Perfect! I don't think that will be much of a problem at least until June.
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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Happy New Year

This is the view over the North East part of Trondheim on New Year's day. We had a lot of new snow that week and the sun rise this day was particularly nice I thought.
Hope everyone had a nice holiday season. Things were kind of slow around here for the Week of Christmas and New Year's but life is back to normal now.

I've made a couple of trips up to Bymarka for cross country skiing at night. The 2nd time we actually found the lighted trail. The 1st time I'm still not sure where the hell we were skiing but eventually we found our way back to the bus stop.

वहत थे फिंग हेल!

Gee I wish blogger didn't sometimes insist on changing my titles to jibberish. Not sure what that is all about but it's beginning to annoy me!
This is the winter sun outside of Trondheim. That's about as good as it gets in December basically.