Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Norway, Here I Come!

A few months ago, I was asked to co-chair a session entitled "Indigenous Cultures" for the Arctic Science Summit Week, to be held in Bergen, Norway from March 24-26. I agreed to do it . . . I figured that it would be a great opportunity for me to network with others, particularly European colleagues who might be working with indigenous Arctic peoples elsewhere. Most of my own research has been centered in Alaska.

Then, my surgery was scheduled - wasn't sure if I'd be recovered enough to go, but things look promising at this point. My plastic surgeon, when he found out that I was planning to go, suggested that I take someone along to help carry my luggage. Wasn't sure who I might ask, but then Scott was laid off, so he agreed to go, but then he needed to find someone for his daughter to stay with. That finally got settled in the past couple of days.

I had a couple of other deadlines to meet, but I finished those up and was finally finally finally able to look into travel arrangements. Most of the websites I looked into today stated that round trip airfare from Portland to Bergen were running anywhere from $1800 to $3000 per person round trip. I thought about using miles for Scott but it was gonna cost $1000. Finally (yes again), I saw that Scandanavian Airlines had a sale from Seattle to Bergen - and I was able to book two adults, round trip, for $1500 total!! Woo hoo! So, I booked it! I figured Scott and I can drive to Seattle.

Whew. I'm glad that's settled. It's been hanging over me for several weeks. Tomorrow, I book the hotel room. Yippee!


Teresa Hartman said...

YES!!! I am very happy that you get to go on the trip as you had hoped. Sometime we need to talk about my daughter's Norwegian boyfriend that visited us this Christmas - he is a wonderful young man. Enjoy the trip, and have a wonderful time in Norway!

Carver said...

That sounds great Dee and I'm glad that Scott will be able to go with you. I hope it's a pleasant and productive trip.

Liz Kreger said...

Wow ... sounds like a terrific trip, Dee. Never been to Norway but have heard was a gorgeous country it is. We'll all want to hear about it.

Dee said...

Hi Teri, Carver, and Liz,
Yep, I'm kinda excited about the trip, now! I was worried when it was looking so expensive! It does look like it'll be really pretty - Bergen is a seaport, I think. At any rate, most of the hotels they suggest are right on the water. It looks like an interesting place to visit, so I'm excited.

Teri, I'd love to hear about your daughter's Norwegian boyfriend sometime.

I hope you're all doing well!