Crossing borders

Crossing borders can be a strange thing. I’ve grown up in a Europe post the Schengen Agreement (at least the part of my life I remember), so the crossing of borders has often been “OK, according to the signs, we’ve passed the border now”. Lately, the borders have been more enforced, but to a varying degree.

Last year we went in a car with Norwegian plates between Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and back to Norway again, and there was some variation. Norway to Denmark was getting off a boat, and no checking of passports. Going from Denmark to Sweden it seemed like it was enough to be white and female in a Norwegian car. And from Sweden to Norway we started to hand them our passports, but seeing the outside seemed to be enough.

This year, between Norway, Denmark, and Germany, there was also not much checking. But it seems noticeable in a different way than when I was a kid. Mostly because of the media and the ferry company telling us to remember our passports, because they’ll check, but also because

But it seems noticeable in a different way than when I was a kid. Mostly because of the media and the ferry company telling us to remember our passports, because they might check them, but also because I pay attention to it in a different way as an adult. Are the borders noticeable if you cross them where you live? And do the people and affairs surrounding the borders affect how you feel when you cross them (if you can)?

Are the borders noticeable if you cross them where you live? And do the people and affairs surrounding the borders affect how you feel when you cross them (if you can)?

This picture was taken as we entered Norway driving north on E6 through Sweden in late July 2017.

The former school on the Kings street

This is an old school building in the city centre of Kristiansand known as Kongensgate skole (the Kings street school). The building itself was built 1897-1899, and the architect was Richard Mauritz Tønnesen. As a fun fact about the building, you might see that there is a difference in the windows on the building. It was apparently meant to be that the different floors of the building had windows with a different shapes.

The building is no longer in use as a school, and has been used for multiple things the last couple of years, including plays and a place for beggars and others to spend the night in the winter. It is currently being discussed what is to be done with the place, and it seems it will be turned into apartments at some point.

This picture was taken in mid-February 2017, where the streets Kongens gate and Holbergs gate cross, and the building is situated.

Happy 17th of May!

Tomorrow is the 17th of May, which is a big deal in Norway. This picture was taken 17th of May 2016, when I watched the Peoples Parade in Stavanger.

One of my major pet peeves is people constantly “bending” further and further out in the street, and not caring that the people around you might also have people or parts of the parade they want to see. So if you’re ever in Norway on the 17th of May, you should definitely watch any parades in the area you are, and not do this.

I’ve written more about the 17th of May celebrations before, here, here and here.

Happy 2016!

Nyttårsaften

A picture from last New Years-eve, 2014 going into 2015. I can’t believe a year has passed since then. It’s been a strange year, a lot has happened, both good and bad. But that’s life. I’m excited to see what 2016 will bring, and especially how long it will take for me to write 2016 on the first try.

I hope 2015 treated you well, and may 2016 be even better!

 

Fjellvettreglene – The Norwegian Mountain Code

Vend i tide

Fjellvettreglene, or the Norwegian Mountain Code as it’s called, is 9 rules to ensure survival in the mountains (and the rest of the Norwegian landscape).

The nine rules are as following:

  1. Be prepared.
  2. Leave word of you route.
  3. Be weatherwise.
  4. Be equipped for bad weather and frost.
  5. Learn from the locals.
  6. Use map and compass.
  7. Don’t go solo.
  8. Turn back in time; sensible retreat is no disgrace. (Which is the one I painted in Norwegian.)
  9. Conserve energy and build a snow shelter if necessary.

Here is the Norwegian version of the Mountain Code, and here is an English version by the Norwegian Trekking Association (Turistforeningen), where they are explained more in depth. It’s nine rules that can be used to most things, with a little adjustment. Always be prepared, and take care.

Welcome to Travels with Veslefrick.

I’m your “guide”, and I’ll be using this blog to show some of the pictures I’ve taken from places I’ve been. This has been started as an experiment on if I have enough pictures that I want to share, and to make me go out and take more.

I’m not a professional photographer. I only do it for fun, and therefore I do not have the best camera nor the best possibilities to take steady and amazing pictures. But I try to get by on what I have, and I hope that it’s something that someone appreciates.

Thanks for stopping by!