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Thursday, January 12, 2006

New Years

This year we celebrated New Years in Norway with lots of Lars’ Friends. It was a great evening. Here is just a small bit about what we did for everyone in Canada and Australia. This year we were invited to Dag and Anya’s apartment in Drammen for a black tie dinner and drinks. Everyone brought 1 or 2 dishes which made for a lot of food. Everyone was dressed really well, and the place was decorated beautifully. People brought lasagna, ham, turkey, potatoes, cheese, potato salad, salmon, and many other things. All in all there were about 20 of us. Trisha had a good time to my knowledge and actually impressed me by finishing a liter of duty free Malibu. Me, im still the same as always and had about 2-3 drinks before stopping. I don’t have a high tolerance at all.

The best part about new years was getting to spend it with Lars and being in the snow again. About 2 days before New years, we had about a foot of fresh powder, so we had beautiful scenery for the new years countdown.

About 10 minutes before the new year, we all went down into the street along with many other Norwegians. We drank champagne, lit sparklers, small firecrackers and waited for the new year. Then, when New Years came, many people all around the city lit off more fireworks, and the whole sky was lit up. It was truly beautiful. It was like seeing (for those in Canada) a Canada Day fireworks display all over Hamilton from all different areas. The scenery where we were, was also in a valley of sorts, and therefore, we were able to have a nice view of many parts of Drammen and the people who were celebrating with us.

I called my mom and dad, and they must have been confused as there was a 6 hr time difference so it would have still been early in Canada. However, they quickly realized this and wished me a happy new years. It was excellent to have the opportunity to start the new years hearing their voices. As always, I miss them very much and love them very much.

Aside from New Years, Norway has been keeping me busy. We have been enjoying lots of nice foods, and keeping active. On December 30, Trisha, Lars and I went for an hr and a half cross country ski up in the mountains. I am no expert at this particular type of skiing so we have some funny video’s to show you all at home some time. However, I did manage to tucker myself out by trying to do hills using an advanced technique that Lars demonstrated. Let me just tell you that he can do that way better than I can at the moment. My goal by the end of this trip (slash new years resolution) is to improve and at least make it up most of the steep hills without falling. Hahaha.

I guess that is all, I will update again soon
Love you all,
Ashleigh