Sunday, 31 December 2017

Review of the year...

It has become a tradition for me to review the year through photos
and here comes the review of 2017 through my personal choice of highlights....



 At the start of the year I lived near the above park, had just quit a job that I liked and had a new job for a month in a borrowed office.

I have in fact had three offices this year.


The last one with absolutely the best view...


 For six and a half year I ran around this lake at least a couple of times a week. That came to an end this year.



There was a lot of packing going on. I chose to move, but had such mixed emotions about it and a lot of soulsearching went on.




I started to walk new paths, quite literally, but it is good to see some photots of the old ones.




A trip down to the city centre of Bergen. Still not that far away..



Spring came and with it the sunsets seen from the city flat....







I got a new job in this place at the same time as I packed down the city flat...


I shed a tear as I closed the door here for the last time and saw this sunset for the last time..



I had new rooms to fill. Larger, newer and for the first time in my life owned by me alone. It was daunting..


...but I have never looked back. I am so glad I did this.


 I became a student...


and a commuter living in digs in a rather remote place during the weekdays...



2017 gave me such a good autumn...


 Working with these people has been such a joy...


I am ready to party in the new year...


Saturday, 30 December 2017

December moments...

The year has bought changes..
Now the last month of it has gone and we are ready to welcome a new year...
Here are the moments from December 2017....


With December came advent -  my favourite time of year..


I even got round to baking a couple of cakes for Christmas...


Blurred commuter life view...



We had "green" days. I have to admit I hoped they would last throughout the month. 
They didn't. The snow has it's own beauty, though.






Since moving I have had to find new roads to walk on. It takes me past the petroleumindustry in action.



Christmas tree on the ferry I have to take to my job. It look like I was the only one there, but there was a couple of other souls there.

The ferry trip produces beautiful views, though. Particularly on a December day with sunshine.


@work...



My commuter neighbours have decorated a tiny tree outside their front door. I found it so cute. As it has been dark when I have gone to work and dark when I have returned it was not easy to get a good picture of it, but this will do.


 Commuter life produces some beautiful views...

Friday, 29 December 2017

Frosty days and a white Christmas...



I am not one of those who dream of a white Christmas, I have to confess. Coming from Scandinavia I have experienced quite a few of them and don't really mind the green ones. Still, I admit that winter has its own beauty and the white stuff does lighten up the landscape some what, now when the days are so dark.


We have had a quiet Christmas. I really can't believe that the christmas holiday is almost over. Time flies even if you feel like you are doing nothing. It has been good to just stay at home and enjoy the calm.



I took these photos on my walk one day. Since then the frost came and the roads became too slippery to walk on. At least if you want to walk for the exercise, like I do.
The year is almost over and it has been a good year for me. I have reflected on that quite a bit over the Christmas holiday.
Happy New Year.


Saturday, 23 December 2017

End of term...

This gift is what will probably move me most this Christmas.

The Christams holiday is on and I've come to the end of the first term as a commuter. I was a bit apprehensive as I started the job in August. In many ways it was a gamble - I could have hated it. But I have really enjoyed my time in commuterjob. I have loved working with adult refugees. The challenges you meet are different than with children, but equally important and at times equally disturbing, moving and at times incomprehnsible.



It is not easy adapting to a new culture, in particular not when your children adapt just by clicking their fingers it seems. The sorrow of the lost life, often a good life, in a war-torn homeland can be hard to cope with in a new country with different customs, demands and expectations.
We have had a lot of fun and some struggles this term. Over the past week we talked a lot about Norwegian Christmas traditions. Including the one where we bake seven types of cakes before Christmas. The ladies took their turn in the kitchen where we baked a couple of types from their homeland. You can see one type in the second photo. And the girls where happy in the kitchen.



We didn't make to much of the Christmas thing as they don't celebrate Christmas. We decided on slow progress. On the last day before the Christmas holiday we made a point of letting them into how we greet each other "Merry Christmas" in this country. At this point one of the ladies, who has lost a lot by coming here and has had a difficult autumn, opened her bag and took out three wrapped chocolateboxes and three Christmas card and wished us teachers "Merry Christmas". We have not made a point of the giftgiving part of Christmas as we thought it would lead to insecurity and maybe pressure. I was left with a clump in my throath and I knew that this was one of the moments I would remember from this Christmas.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Cold, wintry and beautiful...

Over the weekend snow fell. Not a lot, but some. It has stayed for a few days, but will go away again by the weekend. Snow, cold weather and lack of daylight gives such a calmness to the landscape and such beautiful views. Here are some photos: