First Impressions of Stavanger

Did I mention that it was snowing when I took the dog for a walk early Monday morning?  This is the first snow I’ve seen since December 2009 – and for David – December 31, 2006.  I thought it would feel worse after getting so acclimatized to the warmth and sunshine of Arabia.  I guess I’m tougher than I thought.

Monday morning – David got the joy of taking Snoopy for an early morning walk – and then he went out in search of FOOD.  The only edible thing we had in the apartment was coffee grounds – and we discovered to late that we needed paper filters for the coffee maker, so in spite of the tea strainer, we chewed a few grounds.  Still, that may be the only thing that got us moving.  Luckily, David found a grocery store only 5 minutes or so from home, and he came back with cereal, milk, bread, jam and oranges…… a veritable feast.   And then he headed off again in search of a taxi to take him to work for his first day.  I was left to try to make order out of the chaos created by four suitcases and two pets in a 26′ by 22′ apartment……..and with not enough sleep.

Here is our apartment (pictures taken AFTER the clean-up) –                                                The bedroom – barely large enough for the bed and one night table – with soft, cozy duvets that Jenny loves.



The living room/kitchen – lots of basic black and white and glass in this place.

                                                                                                                                                                    Great stove – the top is glass with touch pad controls.  It gets hot very quickly if on high, but much slower at a low temperature.  I had a bit of a fit when I first went to use it as the instructions are ALL in Norwegian.  Figured it out though.

We have a long balcony the length of the apartment – and from it we can just see the snowy mountain peaks over the houses.                                                                                                                                                            There is a soccer (football here) field right behind our apartment – I thought this was rather unique with the school children getting ready for practise, and a tractor and bucket clearing the snow.

Children playing in the snow – they come fairly early to school, and are out in the unfenced school yard – it’s so nice to see that they are free to live here without being afraid.




The sun rise at 9:15 –



I love the houses and the juxtaposition of tall steep roofs and walls – I think I can see using some of this architecture in my quilts – maybe part of the series that is starting with the French streets.

I think we are going to love living in this country.

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2 Responses to First Impressions of Stavanger

  1. Karen says:

    Hi Kathi:
    It’s so good to hear you all have finally arrived safe and sound for the next chapter in your lives. I’ll bet the animals are happy too. Love the photos and the mountain view is gorgeous. You must find it all quite a change from the desert but the snow is lovely. Soccer in the snowy winter – no wonder they are so good at it. I enjoyed the tour of your new digs.
    Karen In Canada

  2. cuz says:

    WOW you made it>>>>>>..I am not sure how!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanx for all the updates and tours of your last couple of days……ENJOY this next chapter… will soon be organized and onto the real things of Stavanger.Hope David likes his new venture….TTFN

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