Since the 17th of May is Norwegian day, it had to be celebrated even though I’m in England. Some people from the University had planned an event and invited all the Norwegians from York College along to celebrate. They had ordered Norwegian sausages and candy, and made waffles which was great!
We all gathered inside first to eat and talk, before heading outside to the sun. In my experience, it’s always either snowing this day, or it’s lovely like this time.
We all sat in a big circle in the grass until we had to move because we were disturbing students on campus. Oops, sorry. Once we moved, we had to move again. So much walking. (not really)
There is no 17th of May without Norwegian flags, and luckily some people were prepared. Helene brought two with her. I have no idea where people got them, but it was great.
Of course, it’s tradition to have games on the 17th of May, and those who had organized this day had not forgotten that. There were “Potato runs” and “bag runs”, and people were really eager to win. It led to quite a few ripped bags.
We sat here for about an hour, enjoying the sun and waiting until the 17th of May train/parade began to a pub nearby, where the celebration would continue. I do this thing where I always convince myself I never get sunburned (I used to be really tanned, but that’s quite a few years ago), but it turns out never to be true. I used sun block for my tattoo, but that’s it. My arms/shoulders are now a lovely shade of red, as well as my face.
The parade was great and included a lot of walking around the giant University (seriously) and singing. A lot of singing. English people must think we were crazy, as there was a massive train of people singing in a foreign language and waving around flags. But that’s how we do it, and if you are gonna celebrate, you might as well do it properly.
The parade ended in front of a pub, and after being there for a bit Camilla and I left on our (15 minute) adventure to find the bus stop. It proved to be hard for us because we walked in the wrong direction..
It was a lovely day spent with amazing people, and I’m glad there was a planned event for this day so we could still celebrate, even though we’re all quite far from home.