Can you sense the excitement in my voice? Yep, after being here nearly three months, we finally received our first overnight guests this week. The guestroom had been prepared with two twin beds, nightstand, lamp, clock, tealights, guests toiletries, a bouquet of fresh yellow tulips, and a bowl of chocolate. All the necessities.
We met our daughter, Emily, and her friend, Courtney, at the Oslo airport and had a good two-hour visit at the Starbucks there before our bus to Moss was to leave. It was so good to see them in Norway, finally, and ready for their vacation to Greece. They planned to spend two nights with us, then a week in Greece, and finishing up with two nights with us again.
I had made up a batch of Astrid’s delicious chicken and apple curry soup the day before, so it was ready for us soon after we arrived home. That and a fresh baguette would hold us over until our salmon dinner later that night. The girls went out walking through the downtown, after a nap, and returned just as the sun was starting to set. With this short visit, I wanted to give the girls as many ‘traditional Norwegian experiences’ as possible, so their walk and our dinner of baked salmon, mashed potatoes, and steamed cauliflower and carrots was a good start. Of course, we finished up with a little chocolate. 🙂
Even though waffles are not considered a breakfast food here in Norway, in order to fit them into our short time together, I prepared them for breakfast. I mean, a trip to Norway would not be complete without some vaffler, no? They wanted to shop a bit downtown, and afterwards we planned on taking a trip to Alby, an old manor with a cafe on the island of Jeløy, and a walk back along the coast and through the woods and fields to our little apartment on Verket. [this little walk, estimated to be about 3+ miles, apparently reached my limit of walking, as I think I strained a calf muscle on the way home.:-( ]
My plan for dinner had been fish tacos, but mid-shopping trip, I decided to have a ‘shrimp party’ instead. I invited our downstairs neighbor, Hayley (the Student Activities Director at the American College of Norway), who actually graduated from Red River High School in between Emily and Ryan. I thought the young gals would have a good time visiting all together, and when you are talking shrimp party, the more the merrier, I think. :-). So, we all chatted away while making smorbrød with a variety of toppings; butter, shrimp, mayonnaise, cucumber, lemon, red pepper, cheese, and sliced hard boiled eggs. As per Norwegian protocol, I served coffee (in small cups with small spoons), gingersnaps (not exactly Norwegian), and a variety of chocolate for dessert.
The girls needed to catch the bus to the airport early this morning, so I was making waffles again for breakfast. At 5:00 am. Unfortunately, I may have started the waffle-maker on a higher temperature than necessary, because the fire alarm started blaring “WHEE-WHEE-WHEE”! At 5:00 am. Paul opened up all of the windows, I turned on the stove fan on high, we took kitchen towels and were frantically waving them at the fire alarm in the living room. It kept blaring. What a way to wake up the neighborhood. After a couple of minutes, our dear resident manager, Colin, who, thankfully, keeps crazy hours and was still awake, came over and turned off the alarm. AND he contacted the fire department to cancel the alarm–for which we are exceedingly grateful–because, apparently, there would have been a huge fine for them to come to our apartment, for no fire.
Whew. That was the start to our day. Paul got the girls to the bus stop okay, and we look forward to seeing them again next week and hearing of their Greek adventures.