For those of you who don't know how Norway's National Day is celebrated, let me tell you: it's a big deal! Every year on May 17th, people dress up and meet their family and friends for a whole day of watching parades and eating tons of hot dogs and ice-cream!
This is my fourth year of living in Norway and you should think that Norway's National Day isn't a big deal for me anymore, except that this year was the first one I got to spend in my new home of Stavanger! Having spent it in cold and rainy (and one year even snowy) Tromsø in previous years, I had high hopes of lovely weather and warm temperatures for the day - which, except for the coastal wind, was a wish come true!
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Simon and I invited friends over for the traditional May 17th champagne breakfast while watching the Oslo parade on TV, and then later went to town to watch the people's parade there.
I have to admit, I'm not getting too excited about the parades anymore, to be honest. It's pretty much the same every year and the Stavanger parade took a whole one and a half hours - exhausting!! The atmosphere in the city centre was absolutely lovely, though, and I really enjoyed being a part of it!
I took some candid snaps with my small camera over the course of the day - nothing fancy - that I hope will give you a good impression of what Norway's National Day is like in Stavanger!
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