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Clean up Paradise

N 59°35,387’ E 005°09,229’ – Espevaer (by Andri)

At 7.50 p.m. we arrived in a hidden harbor of a village. We were in Espevaer. We went on land and it was already dark and rainy. Dad went off and found a little school. At the next day, we visited the school and dad did a presentation. It was a big and nice school but with only seven children. After the presentation, we played soccer against the Norwegian kids. It was really funny. The school-sponsored us to go to the lobster park. Dagfinn Nilssen, the guide of the park gave us a tour of the museum. The museum contained one room and next to the room there was a water channel. Over the channel was a white, wooden roof. We could explore the channel with a raft and saw many lobsters, stingrays, fish, and crabs. In the evening Noés new friend Ludvig took us fishing and we caught five fish. The next morning, we sailed off from Espevaer. It was a mystical morning because of the fog which hung over the water and we could hardly see the stones and islands.

 

Clean-up in Paradise (by Noe)

We went to an island near Bergen. There we made a clean-up. The place looked very nice, but when we came closer, we saw lots of plastic. An then we started the clean-up. Everybody ran away and we picked up as much trash as we could. The first thing I found was a canister out of plastic, which was full of oil. There was a leak in it where oil was coming out. We found plastic ropes, bottles, bags, a ball, and other stuff. We filled two trash bags, although we taught first there is nothing to find. I find it very sad that so much plastic is lying around at such nice spots. In the end, I found a shark egg and I was very happy. Later we sailed to Rosendal. There we met Anita and we did a clean-up climbing to the mountain above the village “Malmangernuten” and over the ridge all the way far into the glacial valley. On the way back we had visited the only castle in Norway and later on the “stone park”.

 

Rosendal (by Lea):

Before we are going to Bergen, we made a stop in the beautiful Rosendal. There we met Anita, a lovely person living there. She showed us the village and took us on a trip over two hills. Nature there is very beautiful. It was sad that we saw from the hill the big cruise ship, which was anchored ahead of the harbor of Rosendal. The tourists were everywhere in the village, even on top of the hill we met a big group of them. Anita told us that there are more people on the cruise ship than the city has inhabitants. When the ship left, it horned six times in a deep, bloodcurdling way and a cloud of exhaust fumes was rising up.

Rosendal has a great exhibition about the landscape and nature of the region. Folgefonnsenteret is a great example of how knowledge about the environment can be presented to people. It’s a very interesting and well-designed museum and also good for young guests. It is important that people understand the complexity of nature and the ecosystem so they can treat the environment carefully.

Die Delphine (by Alegra – in German)

Wir waren in der Nähe von Stavanger, und hatten gerade Schule. Wir segelten einen Knoten schnell. In der Pause gingen wir raus und tanzten um uns aufzuwärmen. Wir haben an Land geschaut und entdeckten auf den Bergen Schnee. Danach sahen wir in der Ferne zwei Delphine vor einer Fischzucht schwimmen. Dann segelten wir weiter in eine kleine Einfahrt, ankerten und assen Zmittag. Dort trafen wir ein anderes Schweizer Boot, auf dem eine französisch sprechende Crew war. Wir fuhren weiter durch einen Fjord und mussten unter zwei Brücken durchfahren, was sehr aufregend war.

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Schönes Land (by Alegra – in German)

Wir waren in Rosendal und liefen auf den Berg neben dem Dorf. Noé war als erster oben. Auf dem Berg hatten wir sehr schöne Aussicht auf die Inseln und das Meer. Als wir wieder unten waren hat uns Anita abgeholt. Am Abend haben wir gegrillt und ich habe mir mit der Gabel ein Bisschen Zahn ausgeschlagen. Am nächsten Morgen weckte mich mein Vater auf und wir gingen zum Zahnarzt.

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Weil wir lange warten mussten beim Zahnarzt, gingen wir zum Steinmuseum. Wir haben gesehen wie die ersten Tiere der Welt aussahen. Es war spannend. Nachdem wir im Museum waren, haben wir eine Sägerei entdeckt, die die Säge mit Wasserkraft betreibt. Mit einem Wasserrad konnten sie die Säge zum sägen bringen.

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Als wir zurückkamen sahen wir ein grosses Holzsegelschiff im Wasser. Es war spannend anzuschauen, weil die Männer, die uns das Schiff zeigten, haben es in 8 Jahren selbst gebaut. Danach sind wir in ein Museum gegangen, das ich noch interessant fand. Zum Glück konnten wir noch auf dem Affenspielplatz der Schule spielen gehen. Leider hatten wir nur noch 3 Minuten Zeit auf dem Spielplatz. Danach segelten wir weiter nach Bergen.

 

Stavanger

Stavanger is the oil capital in Norway. Our timing was just right to be in Stavanger; there were important elections. The main topic of the people is Climate Change and how to make the transformation to a more sustainable future with the fact that their nation’s wealth is based on the oil industry. There was even a Climate Exhibition in the petroleum museum.

Time in Stavanger – kids view:

by Andri, supported by Lea:

It was getting dark when we sailed off from Farsund. As the waves rocked our boat, Dario navigated me out of the fjord. The waves were much bigger outside of the fjord and Laura and Lea got seasick. Close by Stavanger in the morning my dad woke me up – we were in a storm. He yelled that I have to go steering. Waves came over the deck and it was raining hard. It was difficult to take down the genoa because there was so much wind. But in the end, we managed it and soon we sailed in the bay near Stavanger where the weather was calmer.

After 20 hours of sailing, we docked in Stavanger beside the oil museum. A few days later, we went there and learned much about petroleum. The energy was our actual subject in school. My first impression was, that it was a huge building which looked like an oilrig itself. They explained well how the petroleum was produced and how they can get it out of the ground. It was really interesting to see how they worked on an oilrig, it looked very dangerous. It was really shocking for me to see how bad the petroleum is for the environment. I liked the games in the museum and it had many things to try out by yourself.

In Stavanger, there is a big library, where we do school while we are staying here. We had a tour through the building. There is a music room, computers, 390 000 books, and much space for learning and working. I really like the library because there are so many calm rooms inside it.

Our friend Lars brought our family to go climbing in a big climbing hall last week. My father could give them a presentation. After that presentation, we could go without paying to the climbing hall. The climbing hall was sectored in three parts: the easy part, bouldering, and the hard part. Mostly we were at the easy part but sometimes we tried to climb at the hard part. I and my siblings managed to climb a 7- (a difficult route). It was pretty cool to climb with experienced people. After climbing we were really exhausted and tired. But I still want to go again.

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I like Stavanger although I normally do not like bigger towns.

by Noe, supported by Lea:

When I woke up in the morning, it was pretty windy. I took my rain jacket and went to school. As I came back for lunch my mom called me to go on the other boat which was next to us, to eat lunch. She said that the fire extinguisher was exploded! That was pretty funny because it also happened to me several years ago. My Mom said that everywhere inside our home was white dust, which came out of the fire extinguisher. While eating lunch my neighbor and my mom told us that an army vessel crashed in the pontoon. They explained it very funny and I knew now the reason why the railing was not straight anymore. They did it two times. It was a funny Friday the 13th.

Busy with cleanups, presentations, and tours on the boat:

Many thanks to Doris and Charles from MS San Gottardo; the locals Geir Heitmann, Siri Kalvig and Anja Fremo; Paul from Stavanger Sailmakers and the whole family of Lars.

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After visiting the primary school, three classes came to see how we are living on our boat. Our kids gave them a tour and explained to them how they live. The students were very interested and asked many questions.

The next day Gudula, a new friend from Switzerland, invited us to make art in her beautiful studio. We painted the whole afternoon and when we got home, everybody had made nice paintings and our faces were covered in paint.

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Pal, the sailing teacher was very nice and helpful, he went optimist sailing with the kids and trained them for a regatta.

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The kids took part in the Norwegian national optimist race. They were very good, Andri got the 1st place, Noe the 4th, both in class A and Alegra the 3rd place in class B.

Vital and Mia checked out a very interesting farm with Alpacas. Cecilie and her husband Steinar are just building a climate-friendly house all out of wood.

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On Sunday we went with Thore and his kid’s crab fishing before we went windsurfing with him. Alegra caught one crab, we made a fire and enjoyed a nice afternoon:

 

In school the children made some research and learned how to draw diagrams:

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“I asked 53 people how they go or went to school. Almost half of them said walk. One-third of the people come on the bus. Five come by bike.”

 

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Noe’s Diagram

“I asked 40 people how they go to work. Half of the people go by car. One person goes by helicopter. 7 people go by kickboard.”

 

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Andri’s Diagram

“I asked forty-six people in the Supermarket in which way they move the most in a day. Most people are walking, one-fourth of them are going in the car and only a few people took the bike. One-twelfth of people use other vehicles.”

img_7835.jpgBefore we left, we had to go with Noe to the doctor. All is fine again.

Agnetha, a teacher from high school, invited us to her family. Ole, Agnetha and their kids showed us around in their house and offered us a very good dinner. Sadly we had to hurry up in the end, because the wind was changing and we had to go. We left Farsund in the evening and we sailed to Stavanger by night.

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We thank you for all your friendliness and hospitality, thank you for the sailing-lessons, the surfing, the bikes, the drawing session, and all the good talks and new friendships we made in Farsund.

Just arrived in Stavanger where Mia and Vital had their 1st TV performance: A film team made a documentary about climate change.

 

Arrived in Farsund

 

 

 

We arrived in Farsund, Norway just right for the 2nd birthday of Vital on the 23rd of August. 2 days later Sabine and Dario celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary. The same day we sailed into Farsund, SY Belle Epoque arrived too. Last time we met them was in Cordova, Alaska in 2014:

 

 

Since we arrived we had presentations and clean-ups on every working day. Above pictiures from high and middle schools.

Here our contest which school can cry the loudest “help our planet”. So they did pretty well:

 

Last Saturday we went for a field trip with 30 students to some wetlands nearby that counts to the most important spots for migrating birds in the Northern hemisphere. Students were analyzing the progress of the biodiversity after a renaturation, while others caught 340 birds (just in one day) to ring them and collect data.

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The Middle School in Farsund also tries to reuse the plastic they find at the beach. Here they do a “greenhouse” project initiated by teacher Agnethe Salvesen:

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Andri, Noe and Alegra joined an Optimist regatta in Kristiansand sailing for the local sailing club of Farsund and got 1st, 2nd and 7th. The Club asked them to sail again in the name of the club next weekend. That gives us time to visit more schools in the area and fish:

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