April on the Coast

I knew that this last month of Roving was shaping up to be the busiest of my year here, but I had no idea how incredible the scenery, students, and teachers I'd meet during these four weeks would be. I was so lucky to spend 19 days traveling to some pretty remote places on the western coast, and to the far, far north one last time. 

Here are some stats for April: twelve schools, nine flights, six ferries, four buses, two moose sightings, and over 120 miles of exploring the coastline in my running shoes!

Here are some images from the schools and towns I visited, which only begin to show the beauty of these regions. From south to north is Kristiansund, Averøy, Aure, Trondheim, Nærøy, Rørvik, Bodø, Roan and Osen, and finally, Vardø, in eastern Finnmark. 

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 The entire English department at Nordlandet ungdomsskole took me out on this boat (owned by one of the teacher's fathers) for a harbor cruise one evening!

The entire English department at Nordlandet ungdomsskole took me out on this boat (owned by one of the teacher's fathers) for a harbor cruise one evening!

 And I took the helm, briefly!

And I took the helm, briefly!

 An afternoon trail run in Kristiansund. 

An afternoon trail run in Kristiansund. 

 A teacher workshop at Averoy ungdomsskole. 

A teacher workshop at Averoy ungdomsskole. 

 Lunch!

Lunch!

 The Atlantic Road. I was incredibly lucky to get driven out to the Atlantic Road by the school custodian, Jean, and her brother!  

The Atlantic Road. I was incredibly lucky to get driven out to the Atlantic Road by the school custodian, Jean, and her brother!  

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 Seter, from the ferry. I stayed at one of these fishing cabins on the pier for the night!

Seter, from the ferry. I stayed at one of these fishing cabins on the pier for the night!

 Looking at images of the US with the entire 8-10 grade at Seter skole-- 4 students!

Looking at images of the US with the entire 8-10 grade at Seter skole-- 4 students!

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 The view from my fishing cabin accommodations in Besseker. 

The view from my fishing cabin accommodations in Besseker. 

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 Sunrise in Besseker. 

Sunrise in Besseker. 

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 Looking for patterns in "Snapshots of a Changing American Identity" 

Looking for patterns in "Snapshots of a Changing American Identity" 

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 Learning where the 3-5 graders at Brandsfjord skole would like to visit in the USA. 

Learning where the 3-5 graders at Brandsfjord skole would like to visit in the USA. 

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 Flying in to Vardø, the easternmost town in Norway. 

Flying in to Vardø, the easternmost town in Norway. 

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 Soccer practice under the Globus II radar. 

Soccer practice under the Globus II radar. 

 The northernmost fortress in the world!

The northernmost fortress in the world!

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 In the 17th century Vardø was the center of witch trials in Finnmark where 135 people were executed. Today a remarkable monument commemorates their lives. 

In the 17th century Vardø was the center of witch trials in Finnmark where 135 people were executed. Today a remarkable monument commemorates their lives. 

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 Running on the tundra at 31°E longitude, with over 20 hours of sunlight!

Running on the tundra at 31°E longitude, with over 20 hours of sunlight!