Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Learning about the Schools in Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

The start of my week began with a day at an elementary school and a day at a vocational training school. 

At the elementary school, Os Barneskule, I was hosted by Ms. Karianne, Ms. Sigrun , and Mr. Per. 
I shared a PowerPoint about Rhode Island, Martin Luther King, junior, and his legacy today. 

LESSONS LEARNED from Os Barneskule 
*teachers stay with the same group of students for many years
*teachers have multiple preps
*students do not wear their shoes in the classroom 
*Norwegian schools face many of the same challenges that schools in the USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ face:  discipline struggles, fair wages, adequate planning/prep time. 

                 ✏️Tusen Takk Os Barneskule❤️
 ๐Ÿ“š  (A thousand thank yous Os Children's School)๐Ÿ“
A special thank you to Ingrid Nissan Kjรธrsvik for organizing the day


At the vocational training school, Os Vidaregรฅande Skule, my friend, Tone, graciously let me teach her social science class. I introduced the students to Rhode Island along with an abbreviated information session on American political parties.  

Followed by a school debate in preparation for the national election on September 11, 2017. 


๐Ÿ“Tusen Takk Os Vidaregรฅande Skule๐Ÿ“š
and Tone Hadler-Olsen

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด from the Water

A water view changes everything. Seeing a country from the water ๐Ÿ’ฆ offers a different perspective --a day spent kayaking and a short ⛴ ferry ride showcased the many islands and the rocky coastline. 

A view from my good friend Tone's house....

Eating My Way Around Bergen

Love, ❤️, love, love Norwegian food. First, it started with ferry ⛴ food, svele, a pancake filled with cream. 

Another favorite ....salmon

And the new Norwegian ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด wasabi....ramslรธk

The desserts are rich and not too sweet. 
One of my favorite desserts, Suksessterte (success torte), was made by my friend's mother, Marie Heldal. 

Cooking class with my friend, Marianne. I am learning how to make knekkebรธd(crackers).

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Visiting Friends in Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

Never one to turn down a deal, I took advantage of Norwegian Airlines and their cheap deals to Bergen, Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด from our tiny Providence, Rhode Island airport. I am visiting two Norwegian friends I met when I was 15 and a Girl Scout. 

Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด is a monster compared to little Rhode Island. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด is 103 times bigger than Rhode Island!

Here in Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด I am experiencing "boot camp" as my friend works to turn me into a forest troll (skogtroll).   

Each day we have done a different hike. There have been lots of rocks to climb over and swampy paths to slog through.  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Regrouping in Makati, the Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ

Our last stop in the Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ included a night in Makati, the financial district of metro Manila.   We had the honor of staying at the Peninsula Hotel, the same hotel where I stayed two years earlier. We ate a delicious meal totaling $9 at the Dipping Dumplings, did some last minute shopping at SM, and swam in the gorgeous ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿฝ pool. A breakfast ๐Ÿณ buffet feast wrapped up our visit. 
Goodbye Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ and mouth watering mangoes ๐Ÿ˜‹...until next time!


A More Rustic Experience...Sunset Colors

Our second stop on Palawan required a three hour van ride and a short boat ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿพ trip to Sunset ๐ŸŒ… Colors-- a collection of bungalows on a strip of sand. We slept over the "restaurant "/kitchen and ate the most delicious foods. This accommodation took us off the grid with no hot water, a couple of hours of electricity each day and LOTS of ๐Ÿ’ฆ swimming time. Snorkeling, searching for critters, and good ๐Ÿฅ˜ food filled our days. 
A ๐Ÿ’ฐ money faux pas kept us to a $16/meal budget...And we didn't starve๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‚but we were limited to boku juice (fresh coconut ๐ŸŒด juice) and ๐Ÿ’ฆ to ๐Ÿน drink.  Every adventure has a story to tell.....๐Ÿ˜œ


Doing what Makielskis love ❤️ to do...poking around for critters......

Friday, July 14, 2017

New Experiences in Daluyon

An opportunity to experience the new, the beautiful, and the different...

Zip lining over water

Paddle boarding

A visit to the Underground River, one of UNESCO's new 7 natural wonders of the world 

Many, many, many mangoes 

And lots of beach ๐ŸŒŠ time