11 Aug 2008
3 Aug: Jeff & John W‘s flight was rescheduled due to the Lufthansa airlines strike. My wish to have my whole family together for a few hours was fulfilled. Thanks to the Hustads’ hospitality, we had some quality time for afternoon tea and a swim.
8 Aug: a flawless opening of the 29th Olympics in Beijing and the best fireworks’ show I have seen on TV.
9 Aug: Happy 43rd Bday to Singapore. Marianne Hustad’s wedding happened on the same day. It has been a long time since I was at a party until 0300hrs starting at Søkedalen church 1400hrs followed by reception, dinner, speeches and dance at Voksenåsen Hotel with a breath-taking view of Oslo. To top the weekend, a Sunday’s luncheon at the Hustads’ beautiful villa in Tåsen with Guri Stenseth, my god-daughter who will be getting married Aug 2009. Norway will have to fit into my travels then!
Marianne, May & Guri were born in Tromsø (1978/79), the land of the midnight sun. The Hustads & Stenseths were our neighours then; we have kept in contact and remained friends throughout. May gave a touching speech about knowing Marianne her whole life… all my best wishes to the newly-wed, Marianne & Torfinn.
Ubi amor, ibi dolor (Where there is love, there is pain) – Latin quote