The occasion that brought me to Norway in January was a solemn one. My aunt, my father’s sister, passed away. She had lived a good life, over 90 years, having been born and raised and now passed away in the same small town in Norway. She lived her life the way she wanted.
It was a nice ceremony, in the way she wanted.
My aunt’s house is just a few blocks from the newly built Høse Bridge, recipient of Travel + Leisure Best Bridge award among others.
From the magazine:
Best Bridge Høse Bridge, Sand, Norway
Designed by Rintala Eggertsson Architects
At the request of the citizens of Sand, Norway, who wished to connect their town to a vast woodland, architects Sami Rintala, Dagur Eggertsson, and Vibeke Jenssen devised a deceptively simple link. The rigorous steel structure is as tough as the bedrock to which it is anchored, but stretches of wall are, by turns, panels of solid Cor-Ten and sheets of porous stainless-steel mesh. The effect of closed and open space over rushing water delivers, in a span of 70 feet, a uniquely varied audio and visual passage—and an elegant interplay of the man-made and natural.
In January, the sun rises at about 8 to 8:30 am and it starts to set between 4 and 4:30 pm. The sun never rises high enough to even think of using sunglasses, even on a cloudless day. The temperature stayed right around 0 C, with light snow showers now and then.
Very sorry for the loss of your aunt. Thank you for the beautiful pictures and the interesting narrative, as always!
Thank you Rich. This was my first trip to the area in something other than Spring or Summer.
Laura, even though a sad occasion brought you to your homeland , death often brings many generations together to bond. In my opinion all funerals should be a celebration of the person’s life. Your Aunt was a beautiful woman both at 14 and in her nineties. God bless her and her family.
Thank you Joanie: It was more of celebration in her honor than a terribly sad occasion. She lived a good life on her own terms.