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

Update from the kids

Back from an adventure in the far Northern region of Norway with another American Fulbright family, first a report from the kids …

Ethan: The plane flight to Tromsø was really nice we could see the huge mountains as we were landing. And as we were coming in to land, the plane banked to the left really hard and I could see the ripples on the ocean below.   When we got there I expected there to be more snow than what we saw. But when we went sledding the next day, there was lots of snow there. And there was also an ice rink but we didn’t go skating because we didn’t have our skates. The hill we sled down I would say it was about a medium sized hill, not too big and not too small. So I liked that hill a lot because it had a fast part at the beginning and then little bumps and then a mini-jump at the bottom of the hill. Also, some of the sleds were really different than what I had seen before. When we went to the Polaria, which is the Tromsø aquarium, we saw the seals being fed and while it wasn’t a ‘show’, they also train the seals when they feed them. So we got to see them jump through hoops, fetch balls, and the cutest one was the really big seal bringing the ball back like a basketball player. Leaving the Polaria we all about got knocked over by the wind. I would really like to go back to Tromsø because I think I would get more opportunities to play with snow and see the seals because at aquariums near us at home in Tennessee don’t have arctic sea animals.

Landing amid the craggy mountains.

Landing amid the craggy mountains.

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The view from the top of the sledding hill. This was as high as the sun got this day.

Ethan sledding downhill.

Ethan sledding downhill.

Ethan's favorite seal at the Polaria.

Ethan’s favorite seal at the Polaria.

Reid: This is about Tromsø. The parts that I really liked …  I really liked playing on playgrounds like this one that was a little playground with a huge field. It was also at the beach. It was too cold to go swimming. Also, there was a lot of snow, more than Oslo. We went to several museums in Tromsø. I liked the Tromsø Museum the best because it had lots of kids areas and other areas that I really liked, such as a dino cove to climb in. And it also explained the Northern Lights and that was pretty cool. I had to wear a lot of clothes on everyday. I got some new snow pants that kept me pretty warm and dry when I went sledding. And speaking of sledding, I would like to tell you about sledding. We went down a really big hill and there was this snowboard that went really fast down the hill. And there were these other types of sleds that I have never seen before, this one that actually had a seat and brakes and you could steer with a steering wheel. There was also this one that two people could go on. It was this two seated sled. And I thought that sledding there was really fun. I’d like to do it again. But we didn’t see the Northern Lights like we were expecting. And I really want to go back to Tromsø.

Field with playground off to the right, ocean to the left.

Field with playground off to the right, Norwegian Sea to the left.

Reid in the Tromsø Museum.

Reid in the Tromsø Museum.

Reid and Ethan sharing a ride downhill.

Reid and Ethan sharing a ride downhill.

The Northern Lights we were hoping to see.

The Northern Lights we were hoping to see.

 

Leah: I played with Penny and B.

Leah relished the time spent with two girls we were lucky enough to spend time with. Here she and Penny arrange their friends before take off.

Leah relished the time spent with the two little girls we were traveling with. We arrived at different times but wound up on the same flight going back. Here she and Penny arrange their friends before take off.

 

 

Comments

  1. Love the smile on those faces as they sled downhill!!

    • I need to do a zoom on Reid’s face as it is this funny blend of a smile and a grimace. He decided rather quickly after taking all the brunt of the snow to his face, that Ethan got the better end of the ride.

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