Gratulerer med Dagen Norge! May 17th is the Norwegian National Day, celebrating when Norway became an independent nation on May 17th, 1814. There are many celebrations in all communities across the country on this day every year. Most towns will have parades with students from the local schools and marching bands. In one of my recent posts, I spoke about the tradition of "Russ" and today marks the final day of that period, so a lot of focus is on the students participating in Russ. Everyone dresses up in their traditional outfits and heads out to celebrate. This is my second time being in Norway on May 17th, and my first time being in Oslo for this special day. With Oslo being the capital city, this is where the biggest parade and celebrations can be seen, and are also nationally televised. I went down to the city centre and mostly walked around Carl Johans Gate (the main street in downtown Oslo, leading up to the Royal palace). This was by far the most people I've ever seen in downtown Oslo, it was absolutely packed. It was almost impossible to move in certain areas of the city. It was interesting to see the parade and what a big deal it is to everyone involved. I have to say I felt slightly under dressed, as most people were wearing their formal clothes and I was just wearing my normal everyday clothes; but I wasn't the only one! Pretty much every person in the city that was walking around, was waving a Norwegian flag. There was red everywhere, as you can see in my pictures below. Once again, another great experience for me and something unique that I've gotten to experience during my time in Norway.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Yesterday I had the day off training and had the chance to visit the city of Gothenburg for the first time. Going to Gothenburg is something I've wanted to do for a while, since it's the closest large Swedish city to Oslo. There weren't any particular reasons I wanted to visit Gothenburg, I mostly just wanted the chance to see the city, as I'm always interested to check out new places when I have the chance. It was about a 3.5 hour drive each way, which really wasn't too bad. Gothenburg seemed different than Oslo, but also very similar in some ways. The main shopping district had all the same shops as Oslo, although everything was a bit cheaper. Norwegians usually rave about the amazing prices in Sweden, but I honestly didn't see a huge difference. I would have liked to have had more time to check out the city, as I'm sure I missed out on seeing a few main attractions. However I'm really happy I had the chance to go and can now say I've seen Gothenburg in person. It seems like a nice city and hopefully I'll get a chance to return sometime soon. Check out my pictures of the city below.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
In my second column for Red Nation Online, I write about the trial process with professional clubs in Europe. If you've ever wondered what the experience of trying out for a professional club is like, or you're considering heading to Europe to try-out with some clubs, I think you'll enjoy reading my latest column. You can read the article here: http://www.rednationonline.ca/InTheseBootsMay12012.aspx