Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
I went for a walk this beautiful SUNNY morning, over the bridge Midgardsormen.
In Norse mythology the "Midgardsorm" is famous.
It is situated about 30 minutes by car south of Stavanger,
and then it is a short walk from the parking place.
There are picnic areas on both sides of the bridge.
The grand opening of the bridge took place earlier this month.
It is built, thanks to companies and individuals who have paid "shares" to have the bridge built.
Names are put up on one side of the bridge.
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Monday, 23 May 2016
Sunday, 22 May 2016
This is VARDENESET CHURCH.
Built in the year 2000.
Architect: Steinar Skartveit.
Else Marie Jakobsen has made the woven decorations inside. (One extra reason to take a look. She has made some fantastic work in many churches, and I will show you some later.)
It is situated in the northern part of Stavanger, the area TASTA has plenty of houses (some with a fantastic view over the fjords and mountains), and some big companies have their offices here.
Stats about "life in the Norwegian Church"
Finally, some will say. The church now has a second liturgy, so it should no longer be a problem to let two people of the same sex getting married in the church. Some priests have said a loud NO to this, and have decided to stop working as a priest because they think it is so wrong.
Some church goers have left the church in protest.
We have had female priests from 1961 and got our first female bishop back in 1993.
So, in some ways Norway has been ahead of other countries. Changes sometimes take time.
Saturday, 21 May 2016
Sorry to show you this place, so empty and with not much to offer.
It used to be a colourful busy market place, with HAND MADE items and also fruit, flowers and vegetables from local farmers for sale.
From time to time there have been some salespeople selling mass-produced items from far far away.
A few concerts, some demonstrations, and also openings of the annual food festival.
Over the years there have been competitions, school classes and even (architect) students from abroad who came up with good ideas. I met some from Istanbul one summer who told me about this.
A daughter of some friends won, together with others pupils, a trip to Barcelona.... after a competition with suggestions on what could be done. She is now a young woman, and their winning solutions are probably stuck in a drawer and long forgotten.
This is Stavanger on a cold rainy day......
The good news is that it will be warmer and a bit of sunshine next week.