A Little Church with A Story to Tell

Every year around 30,000 tourists visit Honningvåg Kirke. Unlike the spectacular cathedrals in Rome, it is a modest timber church that seats 220 people.  But within it’s walls awaits a remarkable story of endurance, and determination and hope. Built in 1885, Honningsvåg Kirke is the oldest building on the island of Magerøya.  No other buildingsContinue reading “A Little Church with A Story to Tell”

A Year in the North Cape

It’s official.  We’ve lived one year in the North Cape of Norway… one year and two weeks to be exact.  We’ve experienced polar nights and the midnight sun.  Northern lights, reindeer munching shrubs in our yard, and gale force winds that scare the you-know-what out of me (Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wind). I’veContinue reading “A Year in the North Cape”

An American Speaking Norwegian with an American Accent

They say that the best way to master a language is when one is a child.  Then all the vowel sounds and intonations develop naturally.  My kids get a free ticket to Bilingual Land.  They will speak “American” American and “Norwegian” Norwegian.  Unlike their mother who speaks Norwegian with an American accent. I’ve practiced pronouncingContinue reading “An American Speaking Norwegian with an American Accent”

Hip, Hip, Hurray for the Winter Solstice!

Growing up in Idaho, I knew what the winter solstice was, but really didn’t care about it.  December came and went and the shortest day of the year passed by unnoticed.  But when you live in the arctic, the winter solstice is a big deal, at least in my Erica-from-America-living-in-Nordkapp world.  I guess it all comes down to aContinue reading “Hip, Hip, Hurray for the Winter Solstice!”

A Christmas Tree With ‘Tude…. 71º North Latitude, That is…

If I happened to meet a Christmas tree that wanted to grow up in the North Cape of Norway, well, honestly, I’d advise him otherwise.  First, I’d tell him that his kind don’t grow here.  It’s just not natural.  Not trying to be rude, just telling it like it is. Now if he still insistedContinue reading “A Christmas Tree With ‘Tude…. 71º North Latitude, That is…”

25 Down, 25 Plus to Go!

I recently started renting a storefront for my upcoming gallery, located on my favorite street in Honningsvåg, Sjøgata (Seaside Drive).  (To see some pictures of it in the daylight, you can check out From the Potato State to the Edge of the Sea.)  Here’s a the view just down the street from my front door beforeContinue reading “25 Down, 25 Plus to Go!”

Don’t Run with Scissors or Flaming Torches

This past Saturday our family got to participate in our first “Nissetog” (Santa Parade) in Honningsvåg.  The event was sponsored by the Children’s Trekking Association (part of the Norwegian Trekking Association.  All ages were invited to participate in the walk that lead from the City Hall down to the harbor.  The more santa hats, the merrier.Continue reading “Don’t Run with Scissors or Flaming Torches”

Before, After and Before….

If you read Giving the Gift of Time, then you saw some pictures of how my gallery looked before we started painting it.  I said it before and I’ll say it again – A Diamond in the Rough! When I counted all the colors in the room, the total was eight!  Yikes!  Now it’s down toContinue reading “Before, After and Before….”

Giving the Gift of Time

I think that one of the best gifts we can receive is when someone unconditionally gives us the gift of their precious time – no strings attached.  In a world filled with “to-do” lists, activity after activity, and more text messages than actual conversations, quality time with one another is something that gets squeezed out.Continue reading “Giving the Gift of Time”

I Believe the Children Are Our Future

Looking out the window of my art studio each day, I watch fishermen anchor their boats at the pier while seagulls glide through the air and perch on the neighboring boat houses.  Gazing to the left of my office, I can see a statue, called “Vind” (Wind) which was erected in September of this year.Continue reading “I Believe the Children Are Our Future”