Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year!

From the Archives: New years eve 2013

I want to wish everybody a happy new year.
I hope your plans and dreams for the new year will come into fruition.
I hope for a peaceful and stable year for the world.
I hope for a prosperous one for me and my family and that we all can stay healthy and happy.

Happy New year!

Friday, 30 December 2016

December moments......

December - the best month of the year,
but also a time for break-up, change, anticipating what comes next.

Here are the moments:

My job came to an end. For most of December we had only three students. That led to an empty and closed classroom.
We looked forward to Christmas in all the darkness and rain. I loved the decorations in a tiny street in my neighbourhood.
Green Winter.
A trip to the library with the students.

And the last day with sweets and movie...

I have ended the job. Christmas tulips as a farewell gift.

We have celebrated Christmas and I have had some nice days off and a few runs around the lake in the rain and wind.

 Now we look forward to the New year celebration.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Review of the year 2016.....

I guess I am a bit nostalgic as I always start to look back on the past year at this time of the year. That has led to me writing review posts on the blog every year.The review this time is probably a bit different. I like to think that at the ende of the year when I make my review, I really think it through and I find lots of photots I want to repost. That is what I like to think, but it hasn't necessarily been the case - I don't know. It is certainly not so this time around.
When I went through my posts I didn't really find that many photots I wanted to repost and I asked myself if I should perhaps drop the whole review-post thing. But old habits, an the overall idea I have for this blog won. So here is a short, fast, furious and hardly chronological review post of the year 2016.
I have had the best teaching job I could ever dream of throughout this year. I have been so Lucky to be allowed to get to know all these wonderful families.
During the course of the year one bunch out, another one in and at the end of the year they where all gone.

My plan was to travel, but I only got to Rome. But then again I got to spend the summer on the Norwegian west coast.


I can only define this year as a good one. Quiet, fruitful, peaceful for me personally and those I care most about. But it has also given me concern for the society. I look to the future with optimism AND apprehension.
Personally I am either climbing the stairs or falling down. Time will tell, (Cryptical, I know)

Saturday, 24 December 2016

God jul...

We are ready to celebrate Christmas. The tree is decorated, the gifts are wrapped, the food is in the house.  I don't think anything is missing.
I wish everybody a happy and peacful Christmas.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Silent Sunday...

The Christmas tree in the park with the local church in the background lighted up a rather dark and wet Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Favourite month is December!

I pass this house on my run. They have put up so much lighting. The picture doesn't do it justice. (Forgive me for having photographed your house. It is because I love it)

December is my favourite month. At the moment we have 18 hours of darkness, but there is so much light around! The Christmas lights, of course. And I just love it. The tackier the better.
December is the month where you are allowed to go a bit bananas. When a perfectly respectable citizen spend hours on a Saturday afternoon in December to get his chritmas lights working. And when he, after many hours work, is finished he has blinking christmas lights in all colours all around his house. And it  just looks awful. I love it.
And, oh - this year I have noticed that the ugly Christmas sweaters are really popular. I need to get one!

It felt weird sneeking around taking photos of the chritmas decorations in the neighbourhood, but here is another one. They weren't finished decorating when I took the photo. (Sorry to you, too)

Saturday, 10 December 2016


I took this photo just before I took all the drawings down from the wall.

I have mentioned on a few occasions that I am out of a job at the end of the year. As it has turned out I am not leaving the class to a new teacher, but closing the whole thing down. It has been an emotional term. One student after another has left. They are all asylumseekers in this country, so some of them face an uncertain future. It has led to many sad goodbyes, and here we are. The last student of my class has left. Exittime for me as well.

Last week we closed down the classroom. Moved all the stuff to a smaller room for the three students that remain. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to work with integration over the past couple of years. It has been so different from what I thought it would be like. In the end - people are people no matter where they come from.

Hopefully new adventures on the  horizon for me. I don't know what they are, yet.