Thursday, June 30, 2011

St. Hans-Fest i Drøbak og Ås

On June 21st, Elin and I flew to Oslo to visit her parents in Ås. Its probably one of the largest cities in Norway with a whopping population of somewhere around 14,000 depending on whether school is in session or not. But going back to eastern Norway after being in Bergen for such a long time was really strange. The mountains surrounding Bergen just make you feel trapped inside, while the open space and rolling farm hills in the east put one more at ease. As for the the flight, it took only one hour and then Elins sister and dad picked us up from the airport to drive about another hour to Ås. The weather the entire week was really nice with the exception of one day, but that was huge improvement in comparison to the weather and non-stop rain we had in Bergen. Elin and I went to the mall a couple times in Ski, but the trip to Oslo on Thursday was better :) Elin and I met her two sisters, along with Silje's significant other downtown. We toured the city a little bit, had coffee at Elin's favorite place, and then went to a Thai food restaurant around 16:00. The restaurant had a really cool set up, but the food tasted a bit bland for my taste. I think that Elin and I make a much better curry than what we were served, but I don't think that anything has come close to what I've had in the States where they're allowed to put in spices. Later on that evening we went to Drobak for St. Hans-fest to watch the bonfire take place with Elin's family.

We had the actually St. Hans-fest celebration though with Elin's dad's side of the family that Saturday. A nice big crowd who was not able to compete against me when it came to Foosball. Haha. Out manned! The food and everything was great though. The weather was really nice that day and everybody was in a good mood. And later on that evening Elin and I escaped the family festivities to head over to Anja's house to say hi before leaving that Monday. We ended up hanging out for about 4 hours or so talking, mostly about how bad drivers (women drivers) can be :)... youtube is our PROOF! haha.

Dinner at Thai Restaurant with Elin's sisters


In Drobak


Elin's dad, Per, leading the Choir :)

Elin and Rakel

Everyone in awe of how good I am at Foosball

Sassy Silje

Random cousins playing a little badmitten

The forest of death... "This is no forest, it's a tomb."

Recovering patient after his traumatic experience in the forest.
The next day was Elin's morfar's birthday, so we had another meet and greet, a bit shorter than the day before, and had a grill-fest. We walked back to the house around 18:00 that evening just to wind down a bit before packing up and leaving the following day. The trip to see Elin's parents was very nice and nothing crazy happened. At least not to my knowledge :)

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