The Norwegian Constitution Day 🇧🇻

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

Today it’s The Norwegian Constitution Day 🇧🇻. A day people in Norway, and many norwegians all over the world in general are celebrating with parades and speaks, good food and different social activities and events 🥀. We dress up, eat hotdogs and ice cream, and spend time together with family and friends 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧

But not this year, but still a bit more then last year 😊.

I’m working today so I’m not going to celebrate very much, but I know some of my Norwegian friends in Spain are going to celebrate a bit today 🎉. And I know it will be a bit more celebration this year in Norway then last year too 🎉.

I’m not sure if our Norwegian Traditions when it comes to the Norwegian Constitution Day will change, or if it’s just a bit “put on hold” until the pandemi is a bit less like a pandemi. But I think some traditions are changing during an pandemi both in Norway, Spain and other countries around in the world.

It’s a bit sad, but at the same time traditions are changing with or without any pandemi too all over the world, just in a slower tempo, so we actually don’t recognize the changes in the same way as when they are changing a bit fast. Like for example during the last year.

For me this day was more like a incredibly busy day where we “runned” from one place to another. Three kids should be ready early in the morning in nice clothes for reaching the parade, and I needed to be ready to in my bunad- the Norwegian National dress. And I needed to remember “this and that” too, and a couple of cakes to bring with me as well. And it was on top of that always difficult to find a good parking place too, close to the celebration place.

And then it was to bring some cakes “here”, put some kids in the parade “there” and find a nice spot for my self so I could watch my kids in the parade 😊.

I know it’s a bit sad to say it, because The Norwegian Constitution Day is a very important day for us norwegians, but I didn’t like this day very much when I was living in Norway. All the stress this day brought, and all the people around me all the time.

I don’t mind the celebration of the Norwegian Constitution day, but it was not a kind of celebration that suited me as person. I like a bit less people around me, and a bit less stress too 😊.

I’m not a person who do like me very much in environment where it’s to much people around me. But this day it was in general people “every where”. Sometimes I felt someone had “shaked” all the house all over the landscape so all the people needed to run out and celebrate this day. It was people everywhere 😊.

It’s nothing wrong with that, and it’s nothing wrong with me. This is just my experience and the way I do remember the celebration of the Norwegian Constitution Day in Norway,- short summary. Hopefully I will get some new and different experiences and memories about this day one day 😊. But of course it was nice to meet people an chat up a bit, it was just so many people everywhere 😅. I don’t like that, and I didn’t like the stress either 😊. ( …yes, I know I have mention it before 🤭).

For some I have maybe been to honest today about my memories and experiences when it comes to the Norwegian Constitution Day, – but it is what it is. We all have different memories and experiences 😊🇧🇻. I have nothing against the Norwegian Constitution Day 😊,- it was just not a kind of celebration I really enjoyed, – that’s it 😊 .

I really hope all the Norwegian all over the world will enjoy this day, celebrate it the way that’s best and most correct for you, special during an pandemi, and hopefully together with some family and friends, hotdogs and ice cream too 🎉🇧🇻😊.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

I have packed my Norwegian Flag- so I needed to improvise a bit with the photo today 🇧🇻😊

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The Easter is for me a Holiday🐣

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

Basically, Easter and the Easter celebration are built on and based on old religious scriptures, – long, long time ago. And it’s still a religious celebration in many countries, as in Spain and also on it’s own way in Norway too.

The Easter in Norway have actually more Holydays during the Easter then many other countries, even then the catholic Spain.

I’m actually not sure why it is like that, but in Norway the Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the second day of Easter are public holidays. That means this days are in general days “off” from most work like public office and stores in general, with some very few exceptions. That means I’m also “off” from work this days, because I’m working for a Norwegian department in the company I’m working for 🌞.

It’s like a mini holiday, and to be honest, I feel I really need that now 🥰. I have been very tired lately, but I think it’s a combination of my age, my children has moved out and also there had been a detail in my working- situation during a period that has felt a bit like mental challenge / strain, but now this is also gone for various reasons. And the lasts week at work has been very busy “on the line” too. So a mini holiday will do well now 😊.

Some traditions, religions as well as cultural traditions, are changing in many countries during this corona- situation.

In Spain there has been different kinds of parades during the Easter as well as different “events” celebrations connected to the catholic Easter. And it’s great parades as well as “events”, but last Easter and this Easter there’s no parades or special public Easter “events”. I don’t know if this will come back when this corona- situation changes, but I hope so 📿.

In Norway many people travels to their cabins, on the mountains or close to the sea, during the Easter. It’s a kind of Easter tradition in Norway. Because it’s like a mini holiday, so people in general can use a bit more time in their cabins and in the nature then during a normal weekend. Last year and this year it has been different “discussions” during the media ( probably not just during the media, but I get the information about Norway during the media- at least most of it), if people should be allowed to travelling to their cabins because of the corona- situation 🏠. I think some will travel to their cabins anyway, but I also think this is a tradition that will continue, after the corona- situation is better, to travel to the cabin in the Easter.

My Easter traditions has in general been relaxing, spending time with my kids, family and friends. Good food and Easter eggs 🐣. We had some various excursions in the nature, or just stayed home. In a way “refill” our batteries in the way that’s “suits” us best. I’m not use to any big religious traditions, not either any “cabin- traditions”. And I haven’t miss it either, because I’m not use to it 📿🏠🐣.

Last Easter I was just home, no visit, no various excursions in nature, but I had “company” with my oldest son and his friend 😊. This because of the curfew and the different restrictions we needed to follow and “live by”.

This year- I’m going to just stay home too. I need to not do to much,- actually just “refill” my batteries, “recharge” my energies. And to be honest,- I’m not sure what kind of restrictions there are during this Easter either here in Spain at the moment. Some weeks ago I know there was some “talk about” closing down the city borders again, but if it is like that? I’m not sure. It’s to many changes in the restrictions, and sometimes a bit to fast too. So it’s not easy to follow up the changes all the time 😅.

I’m going to use this Easter holiday the way I want. Maybe bake something to my children so they can have in their the freezer. I know I’m going to sleep, but also paint and knit. Im going to have some nice walks. Actually,- just use the days I want in my own tempo and to whatever drops into my mind 😊. Days with no expectations from anyone- not my kids, not my friends. Sounds maybe a bit “selfish”,- but I haven’t actually been planning anything with anyone on purpose. I really need this days without to many plans. What’s happen and dropping by during the Easter,- I don’t know, but I know I just take it from there 😊.

Isn’t that a bit like what a holiday is about? Not to many plans, just enjoy the time? 🐣😊

I wish you all a Great Easter, – with or without to many plans, religious or not 🐣📿🏠.

I also wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

My Easter eggs this year 🐣😊

I wish you all a Great Easter, – with or without to many plans, religious or not 🐣📿🏠. Enjoy every second of the Easter the way it’s suits you best 🐣. That what’s I’m going to do 😊🐣.

#easter #traditions #Spain #Norway #culture #religion #holyday #holiday #timeoff #enjoyingthetime 💚

Is it back or is it forward? 🕰⏳

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

Two times a year we ( at least we in Europe) turn our watches and the time back or forward with one hour. And now it’s that “time of the year” again 🕰.

We do it in the end of October and then again in the end of March.

To be honest, I in general never remember what way I’m going to turn my watch. I actually find it out with Google 😅. Or that’s not totally true. Because I’m writing this text I used Google to find out what time it will be on this time tomorrow. One hour before or one hour later? 🤔

Then it’s back to “summertime” 🌞

This time it will be one hour forward, so when the time was 02.00 yesterday it will be 03.00 at the same time today. If you understand what I mean? And we get something called “summertime ” 🌞.

If I haven’t Googled this today I have just taken a look at my wakeup clock on my table and the watch on my phone. My phone will have the “correct” time, and the other watch the “wrong” time. It’s not more difficult then that, special when this turn back and forward thing happens from Saturday to Sunday night.

It can, of course, be a bit more challenging for those who are going to work this Sunday morning if their watch is one hour to fast or one hour to late.

Well,- my phone is for some reason 6 minutes to fast – always 😳😅. I don’t know why, but it’s okay for me. Then I know I’m in general not to late to work, appointment, meetings and others things and stuffs ⏳. I don’t like to be to late, it’s stressing me a bit. It’s better to be a bit before…for me at least 😊. So maybe that’s why my mobile watch is a bit to fast? A bit “before”? Because of me?

It doesn’t matter when the time turns back or forward my watch on my phone is always 6 minutes to fast, and has been like that since I got my phone for soon 2, 5 years ago.

Well,- we in Europe lost one hour this day, but maybe, if we continue turn the watch like this we will get one hour back again in the end of October. Then we are back to “wintertime” again ❄.

I’m ready to enjoy the “summertime” as best as I can 🌞

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

From “wintertime” to “summertime” ❄🌞

The “summertime” is turned into our watches and lifes ( at least in Europe) 🌞. I, in general, don’t remember what way to turn my watch. One hour back? Or one hour forward? 🤔 I just wait and see the next morning what has happen in my mobile, or I can use Google if I want 😅.

#turntime #summertime #wintertime #turnourwatches #onehour #backforward #lifeis ❄🌞

7 months is not even the Spanish “manana manana” 😳😅 ….or? 🤔

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

Things takes time in Spain. Not all things, but actually still a lot, special when it comes to different constructing- works, public office work and a bit more. Also sometimes just standing in the line in the store can take a bit time. Let me put it this way,- I’m become a bit good to accept to wait for things here in Spain. As means also accepting that things probably never will happen,- like get a fiber net into my home. I at least thought 🙄.

As some of you know I’m teaching some Spanish students to learn Norwegian, and I’m using ordinary Norwegian teaching books and teaching materials.

In one of the books I’m using we are at the moment in the subject area of “studies, education and work”. And one of the questions in the capital we are going through was about different works- culture and traditions in different countries.

I needed to laugh a bit when my student told my that the work- culture in Spain was a bit “manana manana”,- because that’s so true 😅. It means “tomorrow tomorrow”. “We do it tomorrow”, “we will finish it tomorrow”,- and then it’s a new “tomorrow” again and again 🙄.

I have this experience in different areas myself when it come to waiting and “manana” here in Spain. Waiting for a new washing machine for severals weeks, or waiting for new wheels to my car, waiting for students to show up, waiting for money after doing some work, waiting for a date on a cafe, waiting for the bathroom to be fixed, waiting…. waiting….and waiting a bit more on and at different levels, things, stuffs 🙄. And I’m still not use to or comfortable with this “manana manana”. I still think its disrespected and I don’t like this part of the Spanish culture,- to be honest.

I have tried to change my internet for a while as some of you know, and the plan was actually to get fiber net into my home last summer. Jepp,- last summer. That never happen, and after 4 months of waiting I just cancelled the whole fiber net contract.

Different techniques and fitters come and went again without doing anything. Some said it wasn’t possible and some said “manana”. So to the end I did cancel the contract and order my own internet instead. A stable internet service, good connection and very functional everywhere as long as there are 4G in the area.

And yes it’s my own internet, in a way, because I can use it all over Spain and it’s not connected to any special company. I need to pay for the monthly use, of course, and I also needed to buy the internet box and sim- card. But it still in it’s own way my internet ,- and it’s in function 😊.

I’m working from my home and then a functional and stable internet it’s a must. If not I can’t do my work. No work, no income.

But suddenly last week I got an text message on my phone that the plan was to install fiber internett into my home. The technique actually did call me too. But to be honest, I actually didn’t believe it, or him. And I didn’t care very much about the message or time or appointment or nothing either. I have heard this so many times during the last months already 😅.

But,- the technique did actually come 🙄. And started to plug cables and move around my stuff in the livingroom. He was even under my working- desk when I was working 😅. I’m actually a bit happy no one did see that, because that “situation” could easily been a bit misunderstood 🤭.

And “vola” after 3 hours of work from the technique I got the fiber internett I order 7 months ago 😅. I think that’s the longest “manana manana” I have experienced so fare here in Spain 😅.

After having a unstable and expensive internet for to long- I have suddenly two different and very functional internet in my home 😅…and not to expensive either.

Well,- I actually don’t need two different internet in my home, but it’s not to bad to have a internet “back up” either 😊. Special after the different not best internet experiences I have had during the last years. But I should probably had this solution last year when we was around three persons who had home- office in my home for several months.

Well,- it’s an expression that say “better late then never”,- and I can be agree about that. And maybe I can work twice as much now since I have two different internet connections and solutions in my home? 😊

Like I mention,- I’m not the biggest fan of this “manana manana” attitude many have here in Spain, but what to do? It’s to find solutions on your own, or accept the things for what it is 😊. Or maybe hope that this “manana manana ” attitude will change one day? I’m not sure about that, because it’s, unfortunately, a part of the culture here in Spain. But it’s always allowed to hope 😊.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

A bit work both outside and inside my home to manage to get the fiber internett,- but it’s in good function now 😊.

It’s different cultures and traditions in different countries all over the world 🌏,- also when it comes to the work- situation and the work- culture 🛠. Spain is a bit “famous” for the “manana manana” work- culture and attitude 🙄. A kind of “culture” and attitude I’m not the biggest fan of to be honest….special not when the “manana” takes 7 months 😅.

#work #traditions #Spain #Norwegian #livinginspain #lifeis #fiber #job #culture #attitude #mylife #myblog #changes #challenges #onlinework #workfromhome #positivefocus 😊

Will the Three Holy Kings come with carbon or gold this year? 🤴👳‍♂️👲

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

This evening is actually the parade for the Three Holy King in Spain 👑. But it would not be like the many years parade tradition this year. There will not be very much of a parade at all. And it will be very different from what the traditional parade was like. But still there will be some cultural traditions people can do this evening. The evening and night when the three Holy Kings are coming with gifts to the children 🎁.

This tradition with the parade started in 1885 in Spain, and have become more and more popular. In the beginning it was the three wise men,- Kaspar, Melchior and Baltasar, the Virgin Mary, Joseph, the Jesus Child, the animals, and the shepherd in the parade. It was to symbolize the long journey the three wise men had been riding on their camels to give gifts to Jesus Child in the hall there in Bethlehem.

During the years more and more different characters are joining in the parade. We meet both Mini Mouse, Swamp Bob and the Smurfs, and many others. And of course, – still the three Holy Kings. They became the Three Holy Kings after they had visited the child Jesus and brought him their gifts.

It’s a lots of people watching the parade and the different characters in the parade through sweets and candies to the people who watching the parade.

The sweets and candies are symbol for the gifts Kaspar, Batlhasar and Melchior had to the child Jesus.

And the Three Holy Kings comes with gifts to the children in Spain too 😊. And the children in Spain send or give their wishing- list to one of the Kings.

Student 2017

It’s also baked a special cake for this evening,- and the cake is called “el Ricón de Reyes”. The cake is created as a ring, and its cover with sweet fruits for symbolism as diamonds, jewels and gems. The cake is a symbol for the kings crone. Inside the cake there will be a plastic figure of one of the three kings. The one who get this figure is going to be “the king” the whole day 👑.

There is also a bean hidden inside the cake, and the one who receives the bean is the one to buy the cake for next year’s celebration of the three Holy Kings’ petition 🥯.

The three Holy Kings are coming to the different home and houses with gifts to the childre (and probably the adults too 😊 ) during the evening and night to the 6. January.

But the children need to put their shoes outside the door so the kings can see where they are living. Then the kings put the gifts in the shoes- if the children had been a good kid the last year. If not,- the kid get carbon as a “gift” and as an reminder to be nice for this upcoming year 😳 💚.

The carbon today is actually candy 😊.

And since the kings have been on a long travel they put out water and hay to the camel and some food to the kings. 🐫 👑.

And,- now at days the children in Spain get a bit bigger presents and gifts than before,- so the parents and adults “recommend” the kings to put most of the gifts under the Christmas- tree 🎄, and just “the reminder” of being nice or not nice in the shoes outside the door,- like a small gift or the carbon 😊.

Most of this traditions can be done this year as well, even there’s some restrictions to follow. The parade will not be like it has been for over 100 years. But the family traditions is still possible to do, like the food, the cake, the presents and the shoes outside the door 🥿. And its just a maximum of people around the table at 10 people this year. Not more, but many Spanish families in general have a bit more people around the family table under their different Holydays celebration and traditions.

I like that, that there’s still some cultural traditions that is not to much touched by the different restrictions we have in our society during the days 💛.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊.

Carbon created by sugar = candy carbon 🍭🍬

The parade for The Three Holy Kings this evening will not be as it has been in the Spanish culture and traditions for over 100 year 🐫. But I hope The Three Holy Kings will visit all and everyone, special the children, during the evening and night to 6. January 🌟. And I hope the three Holy Kings brings hope, love and believes, joy, happiness and peace to all ❤🙏.

#traditions #celebrations #thethreeholykings #parade #history #culture #religion #changes #challenges #coronavirus #restrictions #celebration #positivefocus 💚🙏