It's been a sizzling fortnight for a proud uncle.

Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

I have spent the last fourteen days in my hometown Elverum as well as in the Norwegian capital Oslo, a couple of hours drive south-west. Later today I am heading back to Madrid, after having had a great holiday with family and friends. Except a short trip to Stavanger, it's been mostly relaxed days in "faboulantastic" weather. I have hardly seen anything like it in Norway before (well, there's been a while since I visited properly for summer). Fourteen days straight with sunshine and temperatures hovering around 30 degrees Celsius. In Oslo??? We are talking latitudes around 60 degrees North here (that's about the same as Anchorage in Alaska). Hmm, did I ever actually leave sizzling Madrid?

There were many highlights during my stay in addition to seeing family and friends. To name a tiny few. I revisited my two favorite childhood beaches along Glomma, the largest river in Norway. I enjoyed a few good parties with friends both in Elverum and Oslo, and rediscovered the meaning of a flipping fun nachspiel (after party). I met and had a few drinks with Doyle again, a good friend from the US, and the wife of another very good Norwegian friend and old colleague (working in Seattle). The proud owners of the Longhorn Saloon as you may remember. They have their own excellent (as if mine is excellent) Travelpod blog, and you can check it out here Doyle and Hans says howdy!. The definitive highlight however..., on July 26th I became uncle to a sweet little boy (Jesper). Congratulations once more Ellen and Thomas, we have all been waiting for this! Yesterday I actually visited them at the hospital with my parents (now very proud grandparents), and it was of course a great moment.

That's it for now. It's back to the cubicle once more. I have nothing planned over the next few months, but hope to do some short excursions now and then. I realize I am running short on vacation days (until recharge time next year), so if you have some spectacular event you want to drag me off to, then let me know well in advance so I can prepare a fake sicky... ;-)
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