The Happiness Inquiry

A teacher's quest to cultivate happy habits in her students

13: Scenic Drives

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I’m still a bit stunned by the drive we took today. It had to be the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen in person, and without question the prettiest journey from Point A to B, beginning to end and without lapse. 

There’s so much I want to write about, and I’m suddenly feeling like time is going too fast and I’m several posts behind (I still haven’t told you guys about the AMAZING sand sculpture exhibit we saw back in Aarhus, or the ferry ride to Oslo, or a quite intense art museum experience that I will be talking about for years).

But for tonight–it’s 2 am in Ålesund, yet the western horizon still shows the oranges and pinks of a recent sunset–I’ll keep is simple and leave you guys with some pictures from our drive today. We took the E6 from Oslo through Romsdalen, where Greg’s ancestors are from, and finally landed here, in this port town all done up in an Art Nouveau architectural style which we’ll explore in more depth tomorrow.

I’ll post in order of increasing magnitude, which coincidentally is also the order in which they were taken. 🙂

Heading out from Oslo we saw a few of these neat bridges.

Heading out from Oslo we saw a few of these neat bridges.

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Wall o rock!

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A neat little church. Did you know that it used to be mandatory for Norwegians to attend church, no exceptions? Some had to travel quite a long way to get there, so they had special changing houses next to the church so you could switch from your hiking clothes to your Sunday best.

About 90% of our drive today featured some sort of water nearby--we saw lakes, rivers, so many waterfalls I failed to photograph, and finally the North Sea.

About 90% of our route today featured some sort of water–we saw lakes, rivers, so many waterfalls I failed to photograph, and finally the North Sea.

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This one really doesn’t capture the magnificence of these mountains. Rivulets of water danced down the faces of the rocks, and in other places waterfalls poured 200 feet down into the riverbed. The mountains looked like they were crying with the shimmer of the water.

Mighty mountain, topped with clouds.

Mighty mountain, topped with clouds.

This is the house where Greg's great great grandfather Knut was raised. We wondered today whatever made him want to leave such a picturesque homeland.

This is the house where Greg’s great great grandfather Knut was raised. We wondered today whatever made him want to leave such a picturesque homeland. What a backyard…

Ålesund: town by the sea

Ålesund: town by the sea. Photocredit Greg Dhuse.

Author: henrykat

I am a middle school special education teacher in Chicago. I was fortunate enough to receive a Fund for Teachers grant that allows me to spend a month in Denmark, considered to be the happiest place on earth. I hope to use my experience to inspire my students to make choices that will increase their personal sense of well being.

7 thoughts on “13: Scenic Drives

  1. I can’t believe there is a sand sculpture!! Do you have a picture of it? My summer so far is going to the park a lot and play soccer everyday with Angel. (Angel is my brother)

  2. I knew which Andrea it was. 🙂 That’s great–you’re getting out there in the sun and running around, having fun! Please say hi to Angel and Michael for me.

  3. And I’ll be sure you post pictures of the sand sculptures in an upcoming entry–they’re so impressive!

  4. Hi Mrs Henry my summer going well right I am traveling the world with my family and having a lot of fun

  5. That’s great, Alexis! Where are you? See you after Labor Day!

  6. I am in mexico here is because like two days ago we received a call and my uncle said to us that my aunt past away to we haded to go to here funeral and it was so sad

  7. Oh Mrs Henry I think where not going to make it on the first of school because where going to leave form mexico on sep 2 and where getting bus to chicago so I think we well be there on Thursday the 4th

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