Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

It seems kind of strange to say Happy Easter today, since it kind of feels like Easter is over for me. I think I've written about this before, but Easter is not a one day event in Norway, it's 10 days long. Spring break always equals Easter break in Norway, and all school kids have the whole week off (including the Monday after Easter). Thursday through (and including) Monday are official holidays in Norway. Which means that nothing is open - no newspapers are delivered, no nothing! It feels like everyone heads up to the mountains to their cabins to go skiing, although I just read recently that only about 300,000 actually do that (in a country of 4.5 million). We, of course, headed up to the mountains.

As Gaute had to work Monday-Wednesday, we were thinking that we would head up Thursday morning. Wednesday he was only going to work a half day, but we decided to wait anyway as there was an important football game on TV. I was trying to pass it off as being something that was very important to Espen, but the truth is that I really wanted to watch it to. Liverpool vs. Chelsea in the quarter finals of the Champions League!! Surely you can understand that this was not something to miss. But, then Wednesday came around, and I started feeling pretty impatient to get going...(not the first time this has happened - see our trip to Gothenburg last weekend). So, I called the cable company to find out how much it would cost to get the channel with the football game for just a month. It was possible, and we paid the money, and I would rather not divulge the cost of it, because it was way too much money. But - whatever! We got to the cabin about an hour before the game started, and managed to finish dinner right on time. AND THEN LIVERPOOL LOST!! They have one more chance when they play Chelsea again this week, so we'll see...I'll keep you posted.

We debated whether or not we should take cross country equipment, downhill equipment, or both to the cabin. We finally decided on just downhill stuff. Despite the forecast of rain and sleet for the whole week, we got some really nice weather. We went skiing two days - Friday and Saturday. Friday was okay - we went to a resort about 45 minutes away that we hadn't been to before. It was okay, but not the best I've been to. Yesterday, we went to the little hill about 5 minutes from our cabin - and it was great. It was spring skiing at its best. Sunny and warm and wonderful. We had such a good time. This place has just one little J-bar and when you get to the top, there are only two different runs to pick from, but there's never a line and you can just keep going up and down as much as you want.

Anders and Johan did a bit of jumping, as you can see in the videos below:

We did, of course, have the obligatory Easter egg hunt in the snow, too. Espen decided to pass on it this year, but Anders and Johan ran like maniacs trying to find the eggs :-)

1 comment:

Casey said...

How great - looks like so much fun! That's the stuff.
Sorry about Liverpool though ...