We have arrived in Norway! No bribery of airport officials was necessary. We’ve been here for over a week staying near the Swedish border at Gunnar and Lise’s summer cabin. The cabin is lovely and just above a beautiful lake. The lake is a source of food, recreation and also serves as our morning shower and cold plunge for the sauna.
Gunnar and Lise have been exceptional hosts already and have welcomed us with open arms. We are excited to meet up with their sons and their families and we are eager to help out with various projects around the cabin. Norway is just what we needed and hoped for and we are eager to soak it all in. It feels so good to decompress after so much movement and to indulge in nourishing foods.
We have stayed quite busy in the last week. We have already gotten to help with tree removal, replacing a window in the cabin, sinking nets in the lake for a dinner of three bass and walking the dog. Gunnar has shown us some local maps so we can take bike rides into the wilderness and we all took a trip to Sweden to see an ancient burial plot from Viking times called the stone ship. We’ve rowed around in a wooden boat, gone swimming most days, viewed deer, cranes and two young moose, read multiple National Geographic magazines and cooked. We might get to do some house painting, too.
The southern Norwegian summer includes unpredictable weather and we’ve experienced lovely sun, puffy clouds and blue sky, distant approaching storms, thunder, days of solid rain and stomping around in rubber boots that squish with every step. The land here is beautiful and green.
Today we biked 20 kilometers to the closest town, Halden (where Gunnar and Lise grew up) to pick up some supplies and use the Internet to send our latest blog posts. The ride was beautiful with trees on either side of the road, crossing over lakes with islands and small boats out on the water, passing little water falls that splash over rocks and run along the road.
Some highlights of our time here include: catching, processing, cooking and eating fish, making meals for Gunnar and Lise, afternoon naps on the couch, being in the woods and sweating in the wood-fired sauna.