The adventures of Kurt, Sarah, Ethan, Reid & Leah

Holmen-‘cooool’-len ski jump competition

By Ethan + Reid + Leah E: Every year Oslo hosts a World Cup Ski jump event at the Holmenkollen ski jump. We went there before earlier in the summer with Dad and went up to see the troll statue and the rope course. We had not been there since … [Read more...]

Cross Country Skiing Above the Treeline

February was a beautiful time here in Norway. Snow has been abundant along with the cold but the sun is steadily growing stronger and the days longer. This all added up to a great time for school kids in Norway to have their week long winter break. … [Read more...]

Akerselva Sundays

As of the past two weeks, the walkway along the Akerselva River  has been much more passable than our New Years Day ice adventure. So the past few Sundays have meant duck feeding, river walking, and soccer playing. … [Read more...]

Jack Frost

Look out! Look out! Jack Frost is about! He’s after our fingers and toes; And all through the night, The gay little sprite Is working where nobody knows. He’ll climb each tree, So nimble is he, His silvery powder he’ll shake. To … [Read more...]

Ain’t nothing going to break her stride

Throughout our outdoor winter adventures, being the youngest in the group doesn't cause Leah to blink, not once. The boys go ice skating and she is in tears because she can't do it too. Tears that stem from her parents lack of knowledge on the proper … [Read more...]

Cabin Adventure — part II

This post picks up where the last cabin post left off, sharing more about the cabin itself. Once we finally got down and into the cabin, we had to get all the systems up and running. First was plugging in all of the radiators. There is electricity … [Read more...]

Cabin adventure

What do you get when 5 Tennesseans are deposited at the top of a slope covered in snow drifts about 3+ft high and have to walk downhill about 25 yards to reach their destination? This is that story. Back in August when I attended the Fulbright … [Read more...]

Ice Skating in the Snow

Snow is becoming more frequent as we head farther into December. Both the boys had winter activities at school last friday; Reid's class went to a nearby park for some sledding and Ethan's gym class walked over to an outdoor hand ball court that has … [Read more...]

Walking around Sognsvann

We found what felt like the 'Cades Cove' of Oslo this past Sunday. Back home Cades Cove is an immensely popular area to visit in the Smoky Mountains. We made the comparison here due to the popularity of these two outdoor locations. The biggest … [Read more...]

The Holmenkollen Ski Jump

On a recent Saturday, the boys and I were itching to get out of the apartment. We had seen from a distance the giant man made ski jump that sits on a ridge just outside the city in an area called Holmenkollen, it is an impressive structure that I … [Read more...]