Norway Adventures! Boats, Ghosts and Statues :)

Yesterday we had a tour around Kvaerner, the biggest oil rig on the planet! It was really interesting! The tour guides were so nice and welcoming, they even gave us gifts of fruit and 4GB USB sticks! Sooooo many people work there!

After this I had some free time to shop and walk around Leirvick town centre!

Loved this!
Loved this!
Leirvick at the harbour
Leirvick at the harbour
I enjoyed looking at the boats in Leirvick harbour
I enjoyed looking at the boats in Leirvick harbour
Shoppers! Tim from Belgium, Emma from Dundalk IT and myself :)
Shoppers! Tim from Belgium, Emma from Dundalk IT and myself ๐Ÿ™‚

After that we had a great museum trip! We visited Sunnhordland Museum, there we carved our very own key-holders like the ones used in the old days (travel was mainly by small boat! so if a person dropped their key into the water, it would float!)

Making the key-holders :) we keep them now :)
Making the key-holders ๐Ÿ™‚ we keep them now ๐Ÿ™‚
DkIT students proud of their finished key-holders!
DkIT students proud of their finished key-holders!

We also reconstructed a boat like this, sang a boat building song and learned the names of the parts in Norwegian! Here my recorded audio below!

build the boat
build the boat
finished!!!!! lets set sail hehehehe
Finished!!!!! lets set sail, hehehehe

We had a quick tour of the rest of the museum which was about living standards in ye olde Norwegian times!

Traditional outfits from different regions of Stord
Traditional outfits from different regions of Stord
Very pretty
Very pretty ๐Ÿ™‚
Typical old Norwegian house
Typical old Norwegian house
Leirvick
Leirvick

The rest of the evening included deep, reflective discussions about what has inspired us the most about our trip so far and a lovely salmon dinner.

Today we had more intense workshops and beautiful weather! It’s much colder today, about 1 degree Celcius but the scenery is very beautiful. The college campus goes right to the shore and has a lovely forest walking trail which I got to explore ๐Ÿ™‚

The first workshop was sound massages! What is that?! Basically we made various sounds while walking around a bunch of students with their eyes closed… we were pretending to be ghosts! It was fun and very interesting! We also played a game called Statues and Ghosts, where half the group became statues and had to mimic the movements that the ghosts displayed to us! I made most of my statues hold Yoga poses, hehehe! This was also great fun. After that we told ghost stories.

There is a ghost story belonging to the college. The college is over 170 years old, when it was first built, a man with strict beliefs ran the institute. He believed in proper living, no drinking, no babies outside of wedlock, etc. When the college was running about 5 years or so, there was a young student who got a local girl pregnant. The dean was appalled and expelled the young man straight away, telling him to never return. The young man could not understand this and felt he did nothing wrong, but nonetheless he rowed away (transport as I mentioned earlier was by rowing boat). But the next day he came back, desiring to continue his education. The dean saw him rowing and went to meet him at the shore. Many boys saw the two in deep argument but no one ever saw the young man again. It is said perhaps he slipped into the water or something more sinister happened. No one ever found out. The child was born soon after and when he was old enough, he asked his mother where his father was. She told him that he was rowing to the college every day and there, the boy waited in hope every day…

Sad story!

The shore
The shore
Deep sorrow
Deep sorrow
The path leading to the campus
The path leading to the campus
College
College
The harbour to the college
The harbour to the college
Sunshine
Sunshine

Inspired by this ghost story, we created a short film and recorded live audio using musical instruments non musically. Very interesting experience!

The next workshop was pinhole photography. We learned how to use a pinhole camera and the history of this art form. We were then invited to walk around the campus and take photos, exposure time was 2:30 minutes because of the bright weather. I haven’t got the scanned photo here but I will share it as soon as I can! This very interesting also for me!

The rest of the evening we spent preparing for our performance in Bergen tomorrow! We will spend the weekend there and return to Stord Sunday night for more intensive workshops and preparations for our final performance next weekend.

Snow!
Snow!
Pretty
Pretty
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2 thoughts on “Norway Adventures! Boats, Ghosts and Statues :)”

  1. These pictures are amazing Steff – reminds me of Connecticut but more rural – sounds like you are having the time of your life – enjoy next week x

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