17 Mai 2011 ‘Norway’s National Day’

I took this picture whilst watching the local 17 May parade last year, in a small town in Norway called Moss. It captured the celebration of the day and how the whole day includes everyone. Along the parade route I saw many nationalities of children involved in the parade. This image has also been featured on http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/daily-dozen/2011-05-31/ – My first published photograph. 🙂

Today is the day when Norwegians celebrate the day in 1814 when they got their own constitution.

I even got given a flag!

Norwegian Adventures.

What a week it has been. It was defiantly one of the best winter trips I’ve ever been on. All in all in the past week I’ve been on 6 trains and also visited six airports (probably the most travelling I’ve ever done in one go!)

I got see what Norway is like in the winter. It is just as beautiful as in summer but in a different way. I loved how the cold air was crisp unlike how it often is in England. I went on the longest train journey that I’ve ever been on. We took the scenic route and it was well worth it despite the little daylight that we had. I got to see one of the largest lakes in Norway from the train which was pretty cool.

View of the lake.

As we got off the train and walked up the stairs to the car I was greeted by one of the most incredible sights. The Northern Lights (I’d hoped to see them but there was no guarantees that I would) it was amazing that I got to see them as soon as we arrived in Trondheim. In these moments God really blows my mind. How He can put a display on like that is awe inspiring.

Maybe I should write a bucket list cos I’ve got quite a few things to tick off so to speak.

Digging to make a carpark space!

We also went on a two day mountain trekking adventure which involved driving for three hours more inland. The views on approaching the mountain range were awesome! I was quite apprehensive about doing cross country skiing for the first time but I really enjoyed it. It was much easier when I got into a proper rhythm and just kept moving. When night came the stars lit up something fantastic. I’d never seen so many stars before. It is much more incredible when you are in an area which is properly dark. It was so dark that we could see the ‘Milky Way’. In those moments I don’t know how you can’t believe in God. Those kinds of moments make me stand in awe that He created all that just because He can!

Another view of the cabin.
Sundown
Breaking the rules. On the journey back to the car.

The weather was interesting on the way back but we made it through and strangely we were quicker on the homeward journey than the one to the cabin. I was so glad to get back to the car..but I was a good kind of tired.