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We spent 4 days in Elverum at my dad and stepmother's place to celebrate their birthdays, and then we spent 4 days in Ålesund, my home town.

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 We're on our way! Hanging out in the lounge a...
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 Our plane.
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 We flew business class!...
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 We were served champagne when we came on boar...
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 Settling in for a long flight to Bangkok....
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 On the plane
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 Our starter. Sweet chilli fish cakes....
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 Our entrée.
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 Eating.
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 My main meal.
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 Roger's main meal....
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 Cheese and crackers after dinner....
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 And finally, yummy dessert....
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 We watched movies to entertain ourselves. We ...
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 Somewhere over planet Earth....
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 Almost half way. The lounge at Bangkok Airpor...
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 Starting our flight from Bangkok to Oslo....
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 Lots of leg room....
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 Getting there!
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 Finally there! Arrival area at Oslo airport....
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 After searching far and wide, we finally foun...
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 Heading to dad and Signe's place in Elverum....
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 It's a pleasant drive....
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 Interesting looking bridge. The drive from Os...
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 Just outside Elverum....
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 We have arrived! Dad took us to the local sup...
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 Dad likes to feed the birds outside the kitch...
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 Checking out the view at dad's place....
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 The day we arrived was also my dad's birthday...
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 Gifts! Fancy Australian chocolate, normal Aus...
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 Hanging out in the kitchen area....
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 View from our bedroom....
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 Our room for the next 4 days....
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 Hanging out in the backyard. That's dad and S...
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 We went for a walk around the pond. Looking b...
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 Taking cool photos of the house from the othe...
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 We also got photos of this old bench because ...
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 Close-up.
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 A very typical Norwegian house. Vertical pane...
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 Going for a walk around the neighbourhood. In...
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 Norwegian flowers....
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 Stopping to take photos....
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 The photo Roger took. If they cut the grass s...
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 Moss covered hill....
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 Morning. Checking out the view from the kitch...
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 Feeling nostalgic. I used to eat this as a ki...
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 Brown Cheese!
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 Around the house....
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 The house seen from the driveway....
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 We kept ourselves entertained with lots of wa...
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 We decided to walk from dad's place into town...
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 Flowers along the way....
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 Elverum town.
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 A cool looking building....
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 Elverum town.
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 Elverum town.
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 Elverum town.
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 The weather hadn't been too bad up until this...
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 Daisies (and me!)...
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 Daisies.
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 Camilla has arrived! Here she is wearing Roge...
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 And Roger wearing Camilla's sunglasses....
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 Me and Camilla. Apparently my hair needed fix...
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 Camilla and Uncle Rune....
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 A Norwegian way to eat sausages - in a "lompe...
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 Yum :)
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 The party wasn't until evening, so Camilla, R...
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 Arrival. Hamar is about a 30 minute drive wes...
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 Inside the shopping centre there was a Tesla ...
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 Huge display.
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 Cool features.
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 Walking around the shopping centre....
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 View of the outside from the shopping centre....
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 I had waffles and a hot chocolate. Yum!...
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 Norwegians love bread. You can buy freshly ba...
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 Back at the house, preparing for the party....
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 Camilla, dad, and I, helping with party prepa...
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 Expecting about 40 guests....
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 Having a break from party preparation....
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 Us!
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 Me giving Roger a stern talk. Or pretending t...
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 Guests are arriving!...
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 Yummy food, and lots of it....
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 More food. A nice mix of Norwegian and intern...
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 Camilla!
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 The Hovde table. Me, Camilla, uncle Finn, aun...
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 Party People
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 The party was informal, so the guests were fr...
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 Signe chatting to some of her guests....
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 My dad!
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 Dad gave me the job of taking party photos. S...
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 Food!
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 The inside table....
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 Rømmegrøt. A very Norwegian dessert that ha...
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 After food the party became even more informa...
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 Yummy cake!
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 The morning after the party. View from our be...
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 Roger and me!
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 One of the cards my dad received. Roger says ...
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 Another beautiful day. View from the balcony....
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 Looking over to one end of the pond....
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 We had a proper breakfast every morning....
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 There's lots of flowers around the house....
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 More flowers.
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 Flowers.
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 Roger getting photos of some flowers....
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 The photo Roger took....
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 Outdoor seating area, where one can sit and e...
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 Flowers.
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 Flower.
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 Flowers.
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 A pennant. A lot of Norwegian put these up in...
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 A group of us headed into town to check out t...
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 Dad, Solveig, and her boyfriend Helge, at the...
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 A very old building. The buildings ranged fro...
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 An old school.
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 Inside the school....
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 There was an old style lolly shop. We had to ...
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 Buying lollies.
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 Info about how they used to run the pharmacy....
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 The pharmacy re-created....
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 Old pharmacy equipment....
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 Old pharmacy equipment....
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 A leg amputation re-created. Apparently there...
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 Old weapons.
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 Old weapons.
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 Military stuff. Elverum used to be very impor...
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 We wrote in the guest book on the way out....
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 Looking back at the lolly shop....
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 The building with the pharmacy and military d...
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 Taking a breather on the steps. Helge, my dad...
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 Roger getting photos of flowers outside the b...
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 The photo Roger took....
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 Old building.
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 There were animals too!...
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 Me and the pigs....
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 Old building.
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 A "stabbur", a typical Norwegian storehouse u...
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 A roof covered in grass. They used to keep go...
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 Beautiful day.
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 Stopping for ice cream and a rest....
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 Crossing the bridge over to a small island th...
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 A beach on the riverbank....
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 Walking on the island....
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 Me!
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 The island had even older buildings. Some of ...
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 The hunting and nature part of the museum....
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 A map of the island....
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 Going back over the bridge, to go home....
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 The next morning it was time to head off. Ål...
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 Leaving Lillehammer. These wild road-side flo...
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 Me driving on the right! I realised I've now ...
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 Scenic drive.
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 Scenic drive.
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 Scenic drive.
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 Near Otta, which is about half way to Ålesun...
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 They have a lot of giant marshmallow farms in...
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 We stopped at Dombås to stretch our legs and...
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 One of my old favourites....
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 Getting back on the road. After Dombås the s...
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 Still a while to go....
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 Pretty.
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 Pretty.
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 This is one of the main roads through Norway,...
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 Pretty.
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 Pretty.
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 Pretty.
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 A very long tunnel under a mountain....
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 Inside the tunnel....
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 Getting there!
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 We're in Ålesund! Yay :)...
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 In Ålesund we stayed at my mum's place. And ...
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 Camilla, mum, and me....
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 Going for a walk into Ålesund town. Mum lent...
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 Walking into town....
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 In town.
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 Dramatic view from town....
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 Ålesund.
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 We went into a pet store and Roger went and s...
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 Everywhere we go, Roger finds a cat to pat. T...
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 Kitty.
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 Roger and Camilla's dog Mira....
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 Our room at mum's place....
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 We walked into town with mum and spent time i...
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 The cafe was elaborately decorated....
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 The cafe was elaborately decorated....
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 Me and mum!
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 The cafe.
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 Walking around town. Ålesund has become a LO...
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 The town seen from the bridge....
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 Decorated town.
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 Walking around town....
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 We visited Camilla at work....
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 She served us yummy food....
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 It was quiet, so I was able to hang out at th...
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 A Tesla. We see a lot of these in Norway....
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 Camilla and I planned a surprise for Roger's ...
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 In Norway they make you dress up in full raci...
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 Getting ready to race....
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 Riding with Roger!...
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 Sisters
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 Roger and me
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 Camilla and Roger....
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 Us!
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 The gokarts seemed bigger and faster in Norwa...
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 The results! (Date not quite accurate!)...
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 Afterwards, we stopped by my childhood home. ...
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 I found this at the shopping centre. Of cours...
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 We drove up to the lookout point to get some ...
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 Ålesund.
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 One of the islands seen from the lookout poin...
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 View of the city from the lookout point....
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 Camilla
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 View.
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 Me and Camilla.
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 Me and Roger with Ålesund in the background....
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 Back in town. Nice view from the bridge....
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 Walking through town....
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 We met up with mum again and went into town f...
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 Roger and coffee....
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 The cinema.
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 Camilla baked brownies with Hobby for Roger's...
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 In the late afternoon we headed off to visit ...
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 View from the ferry....
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 View from the ferry....
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 View from the ferry....
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 It's a nice drive....
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 With lots of pretty scenery....
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 Nice drive
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 It takes about 45 minutes to get to my grandm...
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 Pretty.
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 We saw a lot of these flowers by the side of ...
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 Almost there! Looking back on the town we jus...
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 We have arrived. Dad drove up from Elverum to...
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 Group shot.
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 Posing for a group shot :)...
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 My grandmother's robot lawnmower....
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 View from my grandmother's place....
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 Me. (The sun was bright)...
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 A quick game of badminton before dinner. Mira...
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 Mira had more fun than the rest of us combine...
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 Whenever the birdie ended up on the ground, i...
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 It's just like riding a bike....
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 It was fun :)
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 Playing with Camilla....
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 Badminton
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 We didn't get as much time there as we would ...
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 Driving back to Ålesund....
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 This is around 9:30 pm. Still daylight :)...
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 The sun is still up :)...
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 But lower in the sky, which makes for some go...
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 The sun.
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 Still snow in the mountains....
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 Mountains.
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 Due to roadworks, we missed the ferry by minu...
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 Keeping ourselves entertained by walking arou...
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 Evening clouds.
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 The next ferry finally arrived at 11 pm....
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 Me taking a photo of Roger taking a photo of ...
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 The ferry arriving....
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 The price of a big mac in Norway is crazy. 89...
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 We didn't eat at Macca's. Instead we went to ...
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 The cafe.
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 View when you walk out of the shopping centre...
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 Driving back to the city....
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 Cool view from the city....
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 Roger getting photos as we walk through town....
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 Roger getting photos as we walk through town....
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 The photo Roger took....
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 One of the photos Roger took....
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 One of the photos Roger took....
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 Roger
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 Flowers.
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 Me.
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 Walking through town....
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 Walking through town....
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 Walking through town....
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 We met up with dad because he wanted to spend...
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 The park. It's at the base of the lookout mou...
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 From the park we walked up the steps to the l...
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 View from half way up to the lookout point....
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 Walking up the steps. It was a beautiful, war...
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 Some of the steps were numbered. This is almo...
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 The view from the top....
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 Zoomed in view.
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 Our next destination as seen from the lookout...
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 View from the lookout point....
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 Panorama of Ålesund from the lookout...
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 We stopped for drinks and a snack....
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 Then we picked up my mum and drove to "the Go...
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 We walked up some very steep steps to the top...
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 Roger getting photos....
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 View from the lighthouse. ...
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 View of Ålesund from the lighthouse. ...
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 View from the lighthouse. ...
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 Me in the lighthouse....
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 Cool clouds.
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 Me in the lighthouse....
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 Roger in the lighthouse....
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 View from the lighthouse....
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 View from the lighthouse....
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 Looking back up at the lighthouse. We also st...
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 Then we walked down to the nearby beach....
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 Me and my mum and dad....
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 The beach. Usually it's very windy and cold o...
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 On the beach.
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 Checking the water temperature. It was cold!...
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 Dad was braver than me....
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 Me!
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 My mum and the lighthouse, with Roger in the ...
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 Looking around.
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 The lighthouse as seen from the beach....
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 We saw some interesting clouds....
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 Me and my dad.
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 Me and my mum.
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 Rocks on the beach....
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 Rocks on the beach....
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 Roger on the beach....
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 Looking back at the beach....
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 The lighthouse.
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 Driving away.
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 We drove around the islands for a bit, just t...
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 The view.
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 Ålesund never used to have an Indian Restaur...
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 The food was yummy :)...
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 Then we dropped mum off at home and dad, Roge...
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 Then we walked around town while waiting for ...
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 The sun is getting low. This was around 10:30...
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 Walking around.
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 Camilla finally finished work around 11:30 pm...
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 Our room at mum's place....
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 After 8 short days in Norway, it was time to ...
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 One of my favourite chocolates from when I wa...
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 Off to England we go!...