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This is a mild winter and we all in Trondheim wish for something colder and more snow! Mild winter at this latitude means temperatures hover around zero which leads to the perpetual cycle of snow falls then melts then freezes to form sheets of slippery ice on the footpaths.
The low oil price means that people have been made redundant across my industry, including my own company. My job seems to be safe for now but friends around the world are seeking new opportunities now. I had expected it would have a bigger impact on Trondheim but most people are largely unaffected.
Earlier in the winter I went through patches of no motivation to write emails to my friends or on here. I also lacked motivation at work. I think it’s associated with the darkness and the job uncertainty. A high pressure system is sitting over us now and we have daylight galore, we haven’t had clear skies since October!
My 23 year old nephew studies law in Australia and is in his final year. He went to Maastricht for an intensive course on International Environmental Law. It was an eye-opening experience for him to leave Australia for the first time and spend a month living away from his family of 9. I invited him to visit us and I was able to use frequent flyer points to fly him here. He was here for 9 days and left on Sunday. It’s interesting because we don’t really know each other. He reminds me of myself in some ways but he was homesick whereas I was rejoicing at living away from home at 23!
It’s been pleasant spending time together and exploring the town. When we moved here from Canberra we had many reasons things to take care of and we have never been tourists in Trondheim. In the past year we’ve had 3 lots of visitors and they have given us motivation to see more of the town and get to know more of its history. With my nephew we visited the telecommunications tower (tårnet), we caught the tram to Lian, we caught the ferry to cross the fjord to Vanvikan, we went to the Museum of Natural History, an experimental music concert, a performance by the symphony orchestra, a håndball match, and more. Trondheim has a lot to offer that is free or inexpensive.
I’m really glad that I joined my local choir and I love being inside a Norwegian group. Norwegians tend to belong to several groups where they share a common goal or interest. That’s their main way to socialize. Without joining such groups it’s practically impossible to break in. None of the choir members have invited me to do anything with them outside of choir yet but more of them speak to me now than at the beginning. They put up with my basic Norwegian and have accepted and welcomed me. On the weekend we performed. I love singing! I took a risk and joined the 3 treble sopranos and our voices soar together over the others. I love the sound of the baritone, tenor, alto and sopranos in harmony. 90 minutes was too long for our kids and my husband was frazzled afterwards. We were then invited into the community hall for coffee and cake. We went along not realizing there would be over an hour of speeches! Finally one of the other treble sopranos reached over and told me it would be acceptable for us to leave whenever we need to. We left just as a man started his speech. I felt rude but also released from confinement.