Tomorrow will mark 3 weeks living in Stavanger.
It's starting to feel a bit more like this is home now that we've gotten a lot more used to the supermarkets, the price of things, and have begun getting stuck into routines such as going to the gym and on regular runs.
We've managed to have activities on most evenings, from attending a networking event/ presentation on oil discoveries in the Barents Sea, to attending a clubs handball practice and also a 'introduction to cross-country skiing' session.
A quick summary of the last couple of weeks:
Week 2 in Stavanger
- Signed up with a gym so we could start pumping some iron, and have the treadmill as a wet weather alternative for running.
- Went to an Oil industry networking event which was a presentation about exploration in the Barents sea. Interesting stuff. And the free drinks were a big plus!
- Went to a comedy/expats network event held on a boat and then out afterwards, was quite a well run and fun event.
- On Saturday, we took the bus out to Sandnes to go to a skisale. Not a very nice trip on the bus as we were both feeling not so great after the Sat night. Purchased some nice new skis and also skipants in preparation for our XMas trip.
Week 3 in Stavanger
- Went along to a club's handball practice. Van went with observing the girls practice which was up first. The guys team training was after this and Matt, having observed the basics, was ready to dive right in.... until he realised the ball had some sticky stuff on it that meant unless you agressively flicked your wrist, it wouldn't really go anywhere! Matt was pretty good for a newcomer, especially in a training where the coach is rattling off all the instructions in Norsk!
- On Tuesday we did some linen/houseware shopping and also finally found some bikes. Ordered all the bits we wanted attached.
- Went to an 'Intro to Cross Country Skiing' presentation. The takeaway from this is that it isn't too expensive to get the boots, skis, and bindings - about $200 all up; and that we might do a skimarathon in March next year depending on our workload vs training.
- Finally managed to get some bank accounts sorted out. Will be nice once we get our first pay into them and can stop transacting in cash.
- Picked up our brand spanking new bikes on Sat AM and took the train to Sandnes for the first time. Bikes are nice to ride and there's a great network of cycle trails around the place.
- Visited IKEA for the very first time on the weekend. The Stavanger version is probably quite small compared to other stores, but we were impressed nonetheless. One stop shop for everything home and living, and at quite good prices.
Sweet, that is all for now.