St. Olav Day. There is a God!!!!

Trip Start Jun 26, 2007
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Sunday, July 29, 2007

The 29th of July is an important date for Norwegian Christians. As this was the date when Christianity was concreted in Norway following the death of King Olav II at Stiklestad in 1030. His death resulted in martyrdom and being king, he became canonised as a saint; this was followed by pilgrimages to where King Olav was buried in !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from all over Norway thus spreading the religion all over the country.

Enough of the religious information, don't want to scare off any atheist. Stiklestad is about 90km north of Trondheim or a short two hour journey by train and is home to St. Olav Festival. With its viking and medieval displays, medieval music and an outdoor musical telling the story of 1030 Stiklestad and King Olav II. It was here were i met two Norwegian girls also going to Stiklestad to met a friend, so i joined then in the short 5 km walk from Verdal station to the festival. What followed next was very random!!!!!

Their friend's mother decided to pick these two up, and before i knew what to do, i had been invited for a special dinner, with a Norwegian family. What an opportunity to experience Norwegian culture and a free meal, there was only going to be one answer. However can you imagine how i felt when i turned up at one of the largest farmhouse in Stiklestad and there were 7 more girls also in their mid-twenties. 9 good-looking girls, me, the mother and the brother. KERGHINGGGGG!!!!!! Somebody upstairs likes me.

Unfortunately i am no Casanova, let alone trying to chat one up in my limited Norwegian; so i settled to admire from a distant probably a good move, as i was surrounded by young dentists, doctors, teachers and an explosive expert. Those who know me, know that my track record with trainee doctors and dentists is poor, also 9 girls could inflict alot of damage if i upset one of them.

I must of done something right, as i had a lovely meal of meatballs and vegetables in a meat stock style soup. Taste better than it sounds before i was invited to join them to the outdoor musical.

Very entertaining, would tell you more about the plot if only i could understand the dialogue. An eventful day, and i am starting to enjoy my new view in life.
'You will always regret the things you don't do in life, so just do it!!!'
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kennedy luta on

Ive been in Norway in september 2009 with some of my colleagues from school for an exchange programe.We travelled via Asterdam to trondheim airport.Norway is indeed a wonderful and fantastic place to be.We where staying with the families that previuosly visited us in our school in Kenya.They were indeed very nice and loving.We played soccer together and visited their school Verdal.We also went to Levanger to do our shopping and also played poker dance.I managed to get along with a lady called Christina who loved me so much, infact my friend and I were putting up in her house. She had very nice parents and a brother. They gave us a warm welcome and also drove us to different places respectivelly.I liked the Norwegian dishes,christines mum cooked us fish known as salmon.My first day tasting salmon i felt yuck, but with time believe me i hardly took a day before asking for salmon.We went up in the moutains for adventure and also stayed in the cabins.The cabins were very warm inside compared to the outside temperatures which was negative five.Even though the mountains were very cold but we enjoyed so much.We walked around and threw ice stones at each other.We also stepped on frozen lakes which we were told that even vehicles could cross over to the other side.Through our journey we passed through very long tunnels which took us almost a two hour drive.Norway is such a wonderful country with beautiful physical features. It does not have so many wildlife compared to Kenya.We only saw Mongues the common animal in Norway.Despite the fact that Norway is a very cold country but i am still looking forward to my next trip which i believe God will help me go through. I have my passport with me, the only thing i am trusting God for is an air ticket, visa and accommodation.Through God all things are possible.

sandra navaki on

I have been in Norway once with my collegues from school in Kenya.Our school has been in partnership with the Verdal school in program me exchange annually. It has been there ever since 1998.Its major sponsor are the NORAD organization which caters for everything including accommodation.My experience in Norway had been so fabulous that if given a chance at any time i would not hesitate to comply.My friends and I enjoyed everything in Norway. The family that stayed with us were very happy with us since they found us to be outgoing and well behaved. My best places were Lev anger and Trondheim because they had so many people compared to other places. We also went to stiklestad which carries the history of Norway.Noway does not have so many people compared to other Scandinavian countries since Norway must be extremely cold compared to the rest.Life in Norway is very expensive since most the food staffs are imported due to the unfavorable weather conditions which does not support agriculture.People have their own vehicles and houses . The kind of life style in Norway is quite different compared to life in Kenya. In Norway it is female dominated unlike in Kenya where male are the once ruling On their political structure, they are being led by a king and a prime minister. A prime minister is the head and supervisor of the government functions. They work hand in hand with the king to rule the country. Kings position is hereditary. It only comes from the royal family.Unlike the prime minister position which is always vied for.They go for their elections after every five years.The elections are only meant for the prime minister and the senates. The elections are done in a more and orderly manner unlike in Africa where people fight to death for power.Indeed we must accept the fact that Norway is a very organized country and its ready to accommodate any individual compared to other countries which still practice racism. We also got the opportunity of visiting the refugees who came from different countries as a result of civil war.Norwegian government in conjunction with the UN had taken the initiative of bringing together the refugees to continue with their life.

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