It has been a great Christmas! Unlike the English-speaking part of the World – in Europe we celebrate Christmas Eve. So yesterday we had a brilliant dinner. I don’t quite get how my mother manages to make the fantastic traditional pork rib year after year – but she does!
While waiting for the opening of all the lovely presents in the evening, I took 238 pictures of the Christmas Tree. I made a 3D model with these photos. You can watch various representations of the model.
When in Photosynth, pay especially attention to these controls: (Click here to go directly to Photosynth! It may take some time to load. It’s a big model!)
My nefew has been visiting uncle and grandma. My brother came with my nefew Sondre and stayed for a week. They went back to Oslo yesterday. It has been a lovely week. Just a pitty that I don’t get to see them more. It has to change next year ;o)
Like I’ve mentioned earlier – BITAHLON is the GREATEST sport on the planet – at least to my estimation! And what a fantastic week it has been! The Norwegian biathletes has taken one top place after the other. And fantastic achievements all around. Tomorrow is the last race before Christmas. A mixed team race.
As you can se from the World Cup results this season – being Norwegian has given a lot of joy in this extremely exciting sport!
In the World Cup top ten total for men, Tarjei Bø is ranked number 1 with 308 points, Emil Hegle Svendsen is ranked number 3 with 242 points and – the King of Biathlon – Ole Einar Bjørndalen is ranked number 8 with 188 points!
In the World Cup top ten total for women, Tora Berger is ranked number 6 with 243 points.
As you probably know, the Norwegian Flag‘s colours are Red, White and Blue. My friend Jack caught just those colors in a brilliant shot a few days ago:
In accordance with tradition I purchased the annual Christmas Tree yesterday from the local Lions Club outside the local supermarket REMA 1000 on Ankenes. Lions Club Narvik/Ankenes is a fantastic club! Every year the comb the area for land owners with Christmas Tree sized spuces (Norway Spruce) to sell for Christmas. Once they have found areas suitable for Christmas Trees, they go up (it is usually up a hill side or mountain) into the woods and cut spruces, drag them down to the nearest road and transport them into town.
The spruce I bought yesterday, was a fantastic tree. It smelled just like a spruce is supposed to smell like! And the branches was so thightly packed, it was just amazing! And all the trees for sale looked amazing!
So – what’s the money used for?
Like any other respectable Lions Club, Lions Club Narvik/Ankenes work for free to earn money for humanitarian projects in the local area, nation-wide and internationally.
Today I stopped by with my camera. I would say -9 degrees is pretty cold for a lion, but not these Lions! Their hearts are plenty warm by the important job they are doing to help their fellow human beings (and environment!) to endure the cold winter weather! I took a few shots of the Lions on Ankenes in action.
Do you want to buy the very best looking and smelling Christmas Trees in Narvik? And do you want to help people in need? Here’s the Lions Club sales stand by Rema 1000:
I flew from Denmark to Northern-Norway on Thursday. That was just as a heavy low pressure weather system moved in from the West. And it hit the coastline of the two nations with extreme force. All the way up in the jet-stream where we flew at 32,000 feet, the turbulence could be felt all the way to the North. My friend Ole spent some time by the West Coast of Denmark in his cottage. He reported a real heavy shaking in the cottage as the storm gusts hit. But no harm was done. Ole graciously lent me this picture from the storm of 9th of December.
Obviously something went wrong with my initial link to my Northern Lights film, so here it is again via Vodpod. Enjoy!
Vodpod videos no longer available.
If you are in Denmark, I recommend this fantastic Lions Art Exhibition! It’s free admission to the exhibition and I had the great honor and joy of opening this fantastic oasis of beautiful sights last Saturday!
The artists displaying their works are paying to exhibit. The surplus is exclusively used to buy food for poor families, and toys for poor families with children for Christmas!
You can read about the exhibition on Lions Clubs Aarhus Sct. Clemens homepage. If you do not read Danish, there are pictures there and a QR-code to show you the way to this very special, very intimate exhibition. And there are works for sale in various price categories. The Perfect and Unique Christmas could be awaiting you there!
Go today! You won’t regret it, unless YOUR SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PRESENT just have been sold..! Well, maybe you can find an even better one!? One thing i sure: that Christmas present you will be giving during the holidays, is unique! There is nothing like it in the entire world!
The exhibition is open until December 23rd.
Yesterday I took this panorama. This is approximately as light as it gets in Narvik this time of year.