Norwegians live close to the wilderness. Even in Oslo you do not have to go far before you’re in ‘bush’. There are walking tracks everywhere – on mountain tops, beside the fjords and in the woods. In the summer it is very easy to get around on foot and on bike. But what happens to the walking tracks in winter when they are covered with a meter of snow? They turn into ski tracks, of course!
Norwegians are born with skis on their feet. Skiing is ‘winter-walking’ and is very much a part of daily life. Moose often skis to uni – from our front doorstep right up to the science building. He parks his skis in the ski-racks next to the (unused) bikes racks. (For Australians it is a little different – I haven’t quiet caught onto the gliding bit yet – I’m still stuck with the waddle.) Moose says I just have to find my ‘ski-legs’.
Most of the major tracks have lights and the snow is very reflective so it is easy to see where you’re going. In November the snow is just starting to build up for the winter, so we thought to take Lilu around our favourite lake. The birds are all gone now as the water has a thin layer of ice. In mid winter we will be able to skate on the lake (another challenge for Aussies – video). Pretty soon it will be difficult to wheel the pram in the snow around Prestvannet lake – I wonder if we can attach skis to the wheels?