These are the words you hear a lot on the 17th of May in Norway. This year marks 201 years of Independence from Denmark. It was my first celebration weekend in Trondheim and despite waiting in the rain under a gas station cover, we managed to make it a
good memorable event. Every time I visit, I am humbled by the beauty of the North Sea and the countryside but more importantly, I am reminded of the value of patriotism and the significance of family.
Norwegians in traditional bunad parade in Vikhamar.
I love the lighting in my parents-in-law’s apartment so I always have an excuse to take pictures. Odd’s “brotha-from-anotha-motha”, comedian and lead singer of blues band, Dockery Dawgs, Geir, with his better half, Hilde, join the celebration with koldtbord. My favorite moments are candid like this where Daniel, May + baby-on-board are having a good laugh. Sometimes the joke is lost in translation; still, the moment is priceless. Then there are moments when the room gets very quiet. Conversations without sound.As we grow older, we realize that there will never be a time like this again. So we take every chance we can to visit and cherish all these moments especially on Norway’s Constitution Day – a reason to celebrate freedom, a reason to be with family and another reason to eat more cake! – including the traditional tower cake. Skål. Cheers.