Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Back in snowy Skotselv




I'm back in Skotselv for a new year of studying. Right now we are doing a health course at EBS. This semester I am trying to stretch my mental capacity with different memorizations. When I arrived in Norway to my shock and utter horror I found that my oboe music was not in my music folder. It somehow was left at home with all of the bustle of packing. Thankfully my dad found the music and it was sent post haste to Skotselv. Meanwhile I tried my best to play as much music as I could by memory (yes my music arrived safe and sound to my relief). I have also been memorizing a lot of anatomy for school, botany for my own knowledge, Norwegian to get around, and the book of First John for the fun of it. It is so nice to get back into studying again, even though holidays are never unappreciated.
Coming back to Norway hasn't been only studying though. Last Sabbath we got 15 inches of snow. Not wanting to waste the great opportunity of fun in the snow, a bunch of us went sledding with our sleds tied to the back of Robby's car. It was incredibly fun, and Robby and I got up to 75 km/hr! What an amazing feeling with the snow stinging your face and trying to hang on for dear life as you go whizzing past surprised pedestrians! After we had sledded for quite some time we were ready for a nice hour or two by the fire with smoothies and listening to the Desire of Ages read aloud. To those who haven't tried spending Saturday night this way, I would highly recommend it!
Next weekend I am planing on learning how to cross country ski! It's great to be in cold weather and snow again!
Happy sledding!

7 comments:

Paul said...

nice to hear from you. I'm glad you're learning to X country ski, it's one of the best ways to explore the winter wonderland.

Jan Robert (Robby) Heiberg said...

Tee, it's great having you back here as well! I really enjoy the time playing together with you (Oboe/viola and violin). - And of course everything else going on like sledding(!), teaching you Norwegian, drinking smoothies, praying, reading, memorizing 1st John etc, etc. You are a great encouragement to me!

Chopsticks on Oboe said...

Thank you boys for your comments.
Paul: we will have to plan a time for some winter sports next year with the Houmann/Howe's. We never cease to have fun with the three of us anyway.
Robby: It's great to be back, you are a patient teacher, and it's been great spending time with you. Your smoothies are not to be surpassed!

Petraglyph said...

Hey Tee! What fun. I'm so glad that you've been soaking in the chilly weather and good times. When are you going to start building snow creations? Don't forget to make the traditional "snow parakeet." :-)
Good work with the memorization. You'll find that the more you do it, the faster it becomes. Unfortunately, I've also noticed for myself that I begin to forget the memorizations faster too...

Joar Andre said...

good to hear that both you and Robby are alive and well after the sledding adventures :-) Wish I could've been there for that... I'm glad that you actually got some snow. You wouldn't have had a true Norwegian experience without it!

Chopsticks on Oboe said...

I forgot to credit Cheris for the picture of Robby and I in the kitchen

Farf said...

75 km/hr on a sled tied behind a car! WOW!
Is that legal in Norway?
We agree with joar andre that we are glad you are alive and well.