The Messina Family

The Messina Family
Barcelona 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Trip to Tromsø

Some of the Sami people in their traditional dress.

Lily on main street of the town.

We ended up making a snow family. Two older couples from Florida saw our snow man and made him a wife. Lily and I felt they needed a child as well. The snow ended up getting so high that the snow plow pushed our snow family into the ocean (they were on the edge).

Lily loves the snow!

Lily is not a fan of matter the size. This was in the Sola airport.

There was almost no snow when we arrived...we were shocked because you just kind of imagine there being plenty of snow in the Arctic Circle. It started snowing the night we arrived and never stopped. We got over a half a meter that night and the following day. It was great. We decided a snow man was in order.

This is the cable car up to the top of the mountain overlooking Tromsø. It was a nice ride and a pretty view.

Here we are overlooking Tromsø from the top of the tram ride. It was mighty chilly up there! Who rode in the tram with us? A family visiting from Houston!

Random winter images from Stavanger

Here are just a few random pictures from the coldest, snowiest winter in over 50 years here in Stavanger, Norway. All kids brought sledges with them to school...many people were cross country skiing to work. The lakes and fjords were frozen solid for the first time in over 20 years....for weeks....the middle school actually cancelled classes one afternoon to all go out on a nearby lake for some skating and hockey. Pretty cool! I, for one, have enjoyed the snowy winter. It made the winter that is so dark and long here seem a little brighter. :o) We had a huge snowfall on Dec 18th and now, three months later, it is finally melting away. This is unheard of in this part of the country where there is such a warm water current running along the coastline here.