Goodbye Drammen & Norway

Friday, 13 February 2015

And so after yet a another warm welcome and overnight stay back at the Verde-Thon household in Drammen we slept comfortably and re-packed our bags for the forth and final time. 

Drammen is a pretty town, about 1/2 and hour by train from Oslo, divided by the river which spills into the sea just beyond.  It would be good to live in summer (for the river and paddling opportunities, as well as the oodles of forest nearby for running and orienteering) and of course it's nice to live there in winter with both downhill and x-country trails very close to your back door depending on the snow cover.

Drammen suffers from temperatures fluctuating above and below zero more often than say Lillehammer so it gets very slippery and icy.  We  experienced this when we walked the 15 minutes down to the shops one of the days we were here. I'm surprised we made it down and back with no broken bones - many of the locals have special rubber straps with spikes they can attach to any pare of shoes. 



On the topic of ice, I've been looking at this chain on each visit to the Drammen house- it acts as a down pipe and is always in various states of ice-coverage - it wasn't so spectacular this last time but previously there has been inches of ice around it all. 


On one of our visits to Drammen we also walked down to and alongside the river - and came across this cool sphere sculpture.  


Jonno was fascinated by it but I'm only posting a couple of his gadzillion photos of it..


Also we found a fair bit of cool graffiti (contrasting nicely with the white snow) during our various trips about town.



So our last morning in Drammen dawned foggy and sad looking,  in-keeping with our moods..


but maybe not Putin's:


I'm closing my eyes and imagining you humans are all dead.  I find it relaxing..

Random Photos Friday, 13 February 2015
Goodbye Drammen & Norway Friday, 13 February 2015
Putin the Norwegian Forest Cat Thursday, 12 February 2015
Goodbye Geilo Thursday, 12 February 2015
Ice Fishing - what's not to love.. Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Remains of the day Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Mountain Views Monday, 9 February 2015
uvær Monday, 9 February 2015
Melting.. Monday, 9 February 2015
Lessons Saturday, 7 February 2015
Ice Music Festival Day 2 Saturday, 7 February 2015
Wait for Meeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Saturday, 7 February 2015
Drammen to Geilo Friday, 6 February 2015
I can't believe it's come to this.. Thursday, 5 February 2015
We've come a long way.. Thursday, 5 February 2015
Mesnaelva Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Postcard Perfect Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Free days Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Point to Point Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Norwegian Forest Cat - Update 2 Monday, 2 February 2015
Ski-Every-Day team Monday, 2 February 2015
Kjelke Kjøring and Butt Racers Monday, 2 February 2015
Norwegian Forest Cat - update Sunday, 1 February 2015
Getting through the list.. Sunday, 1 February 2015
Forest Cats and Snow Dogs Sunday, 1 February 2015
Yes. We should all move to Lillehammer. Sunday, 1 February 2015
Lillehammer Day 2 Saturday, 31 January 2015
Hmmph Friday, 30 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 7 & goodbye Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Hearts and minds Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Shiplife Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 6 Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 5 Monday, 26 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 4 - part 2 Sunday, 25 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 4 - part 1 Sunday, 25 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 3 Friday, 23 January 2015
in our hearts and minds Friday, 23 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 1 & 2 Friday, 23 January 2015
Goodbye Bergen, hello Hurtigruten Thursday, 22 January 2015
Going Undercover.. Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Beautiful Bergen Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Norwegian Breakfasts Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Over the hills and far away Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Quick Update Monday, 19 January 2015
Ice Hockey! Monday, 19 January 2015
Ski trip #2 Monday, 19 January 2015
Handsome Norwegian Boys Monday, 19 January 2015
This is why.. Sunday, 18 January 2015
Ski Audit Saturday, 17 January 2015
Tourist Day Saturday, 17 January 2015
Snow Day Saturday, 17 January 2015
Thank you Oslo. Saturday, 17 January 2015
Plugged Wednesday, 14 January 2015