Well, another week gone in a flash, but what a good week it has been. I have been in Norway, another attempt to see the Northern Lights in all their glory! But once again, I missed them…….the nearest I got was on a boat trip on one of the Fijords around 11pm and the sky became both light and dark at the same time, lights dancing behind the clouds, teasing us. We sat very patiently watching this willing the sky to explode but it never did, never mind, there is always time for an other trip somewhere, maybe Alaska!
I love to travel, to experience other cultures. Norway was beautiful, clean and crisp, people falling over each other to be helpful. It was freezing cold but somehow, it did not matter…..it felt very healthy, lots of walking and good food…reindeer stew, fresh caught fish, soup..all good experiences. The ice sculpting festival was taking place and it reminded that earlier in the year it had taken place in London, Lake Worth had the sand sculpting with the street painting next on the agenda….got me thinking about how small the world really is and how lucky we are to be able to travel so easily from one place to another. Language barriers are broken down by the international language of English. I listened to a conversation taking place by three travellers, all from different countries and speaking English in order to be understood by each another, amazing!
One of the highlights of the trip was the husky ride…it took place at night and we were taken to a very remote area filled with the sound of the dogs barking and whining. They were so excited to see us and could not wait to get into the harness to start pulling the sleds. They followed all instructions perfectly and pulled us up and down mountain tracks, bumping and rocking, scared of being tipped out but somehow we stayed upright the whole journey…those sleds are a work of art! The husky farm has 350 dogs all together, some just puppies, not yet being trained to pull the sleds. I was concerned that perhaps we would see this dog farm with dogs being treated less that well but the opposite was true. The dogs were happy and greeted their handlers with affection and loved being petted. They slept outside and loved rolling in the snow brrr! It was interesting to see sleds parked outside school instead of bicycles and skis propped up in corners…The sculptures created are amazing, the detail in theses structures are incredible…they took over 3 days to complete and the Russiona and Thai entries were without doubt the best. I thought it was funny that Thailand would have and entry, somewhere there is no snow! The winner so the London Ice Sculpting Event was from Africa so it just shows you!
The only downside was the expense of it all, a cup of coffee would cost $8 and a trip out one evening to have pizza, salad and 2 beers cost $80 I nearly fell off my chair in surprise….phew! I was glad to get home to be able to buy food without first having to take out a mortgage!
All in all, a great few days in a lovely country with friendly, courteous people who made us feel very welcome.
Like Lake Worth, England has seen an inordinate amount of rain this winter, months worth falling in days in some places where the houses have been flooded 2 or 3 times already this year. I am lucky to live in the South East where we tend to not have this extreme of weather. I cannot imagine how I would feel in this situation, these poor people trying to get insurance paid out in order to fix their homes up and having to wait while the companies drag their feet, trying everything not to pay out vast sums of money, same the whole world over I guess!
This morning in The High Street, I saw a mime artist dressed as Charlie Chaplin, I could watch these people for hours. The looks on the faces of spectators when what appears to be a statue suddenly moves. The expressions of the faces of the children when he suddenly produces a sweetie from his pocket, suddenly the tears stop and they laugh……brilliant! Driving home along the seafront I saw what I thought was a large man floating on the air, on closer inspection it was a couple flying a kite which was the shape of a man! It was brilliant, he was turning and swirling and the kite owners were enjoying what is their joint interest…….. It will be interesting to what this week brings, I am meeting up with colleagues that I taught with in my first school 35 years ago, looking forward to that, I enjoy catching up with the news and gossip. We should be starting to make big changes at our charity shop where I work on Tuesdays, looking forward to that as well as trip to London on Thursday to see The Bodygurad on stage. I think I have mentioned before how much I love going to London, always fun, always something going on…I hope I can find something exciting to report next week.
Have a fantastic week full of exciting things….as usual seeing the best in each other.