Saturday, March 26, 2011

First spring weekend

Our lunch spot by the riverside
 Spring has arrived in Lillehammer, and the locals were out on the ski trails in droves this past weekend, soaking up the sunshine and basking in the balmy 35F weather. This is a pretty common Norwegian spring custom: pack a matpakke (packed lunch), ski in to a sunny spot, maybe dig out a little bench from a snowpile, kick back and enjoy the sunshine, and ski back out again.

We joined the droves, packing up a lunch and some wood for a little bål (fire) to grill our pølse (hot dogs). We were not alone. A second family picnicked next to us, and we were joined by easily a dozen other ski/lunchers.

Tika licking her lips at lunchtime
As we skied home, we spotted a large group of students gathering at the riverside--all on skis--hanging out for an afternoon in the sunshine.

All in all, not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Students at the riverside 

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