On Wednesday I return to Norway for the tenth time in five years. It’s my second home.
Ever since I was a child I dreamed of visiting this country, the landscape and the mythology always played in the back of my mind. It just seemed to be a place I needed to go.
In November 2011 I received an email from a random person in Lillehammer, asking if I would like to speak at a film tourism conference in that city the following February. It took at least one second to agree. Stepping off that aeroplane in Oslo on a cold morning at sunrise was like entering another world. A somewhat alien landscape, one that I had never experienced but one I would grow to love.
Five Years – Ten Visits
A lot has happened in the last five years and there has been a lot of amazing adventures – the landscapes, the mythology and the stunning weather. But, more than anything it is the people that make all those memories so special. All of my closest friends are Norwegian and I know that when I get off that aeroplane I will feel welcome, and back at my second home.
This trip I get to share the experience with my son, daughter-in-law and grandson and we’ll visit Lillehammer, Mesnali, Hemsedal and Oslo. I can’t wait. Oh, and I’ll be back in May for spring.