Autumn has arrived with its characteristic blasts of color over most of Norway. The hills, forests and mountains are ablaze and waiting to welcome hikers, bikers and all the lucky folks heading off on holiday next week.
It’s all just in time for the annual høstferie (autumn vacation) that will close many schools around the country next week. The traditional autumn holiday began decades ago, when local farmers needed help harvesting potatoes and the schools responded by sending students from the classroom out to the fields. What started out as a few days away from school eventually expanded into a week, which stuck around long after the need for potato-pickers subsided.
No vacation for me, starting in a new job friday..