Monthly Archives: May 2013

Let’s Start a Mumford Band!

by Lindy

Now here is a noble cause I can get behind! We MUST start a Mumford Band and move to Mumford Land at the soonest possibility! I will ‘manage social media and Twitter from the stage’ – you count on it! I can also contribute my little red Olivetti typewriter for typecasting from the road; ‘Hashtag: Key of Awesome’.

But seriously though, I love Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and Phillip Phillips and any music that has that ‘rough  around the edges’ folk sound. Anyone want to start a Mumford Band with me? Anyone with a mustache, real or fake? Bueller…?

YouTube Comedy Week was May 19 – 25; see the most hilarious videos here. Also, here are more parody music videos from the Key of Awesome.

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Norwegian Vacation Part 3 – Lillehammer

by Lindy

“Norwegian Vacation – Party of Five”
Lillehammer, Norway
April 8 – 12, 2013

Lillehammer was the last leg of our epic journey to Norway and it was beautiful! Rugged, mountainous, peaceful, outdoorsy and quaint. The weather was chilly with snow still on the ground, but it was just what we wanted. Every native Norwegian was tired of the prolonged winter, but we relished it! (Since it was only four days until we were going back to the predictable (boring) sunshine in Southern California.)

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Spring Weather Report for Lillehammer, Norway

Our Air BnB host Mari rented out her quaint, artistic condo overlooking the valley and snow-capped mountains and it was breathtaking. Our temporary home on the hilltop was very relaxing and family-oriented. The girls enjoyed playing video games and sleeping on bunk beds, just like home. Highlights included: visiting the Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum), exploring downtown Lillehammer, eating at Nikkers Restaurant, touring the Norwegian Olympic Museum and going sledding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort. Since we were there in between the official Winter and Summer tourist seasons, many things we were interested in doing were closed, which was a bummer; I really wanted to go on a dog sleigh ride through the wilderness. Regardless, we had a nice, relaxing time interspersed with adventure.

Lillyhammer, Steven Van Zandt Photo Credit: Rubicon/NRK

When we had been in Larvik, many people told us about a popular TV series called Lillyhammer, featuring the town of Lillehammer. They all recounted how funny the show was; a NYC mobster played by actor Steven Van Zandt gets put in the FBI’s witness protection program and he chooses to go to ‘Lillyhammer’ because he saw it in the Olympics and there were a lot of hot chicks there. It showcases the culture shock he experiences and his attempts at adapting his mobster lifestyle to the town. Ironically, when we ate at Nikkers restaurant in downtown Lillehammer, we talked to the waitress who said that Steven frequently ate there when they’re filming and that he’d just been there. Now that we’ve been to Lillehammer in person as well as seen the show, we’re hooked on watching all the episodes!

 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Driving from Larvik to Lillehammer, Norway

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Driving from Larvik to Lillehammer, Norway

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Driving from Larvik to Lillehammer, Norway

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Norwegian Tunnel; Driving to Lillehammer from Larvik, Norway

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Frozen Lake; Lillehammer, Norway

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Three Sleeping Sardines; Driving from Larvik to Lillehammer, Norway

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Icy Rock Wall; Driving to Lillehammer, Norway

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Roadside Chapel; Driving to Lillehammer, Norway

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Fresh Snowfall in Lillehammer, Norway

Our visit to the Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum)

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Art Sculpture; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Norwegian Unicycle; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Attempting to Walk a Straight Line with a Simulated Sobriety Test; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Bicycles Galore; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Vintage Bicycle Bells; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Wooden Bike; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Taxi! Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Pink Polka Dotted Moose Antlers; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Biker Dude; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Tire Swings; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Nature Walk; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Massive Machinery; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Gigantic Tunnel; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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“Nature Calls!” Norwegian Outhouse; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Acclimating to the Snow; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Camp Fire Hut; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Annika’s Car; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Kiersten’s Car; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

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Brendan’s Car; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Norwegian Olympic Museum

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Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

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Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

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Neubauer Kids Take Gold, Silver and Bronze! Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

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Brendan’s First Gold Medal! Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

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Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

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Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

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Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

Making Ourselves at Home in Lillehammer

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Undaunted by the Snow; Lillehammer, Norway

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You Can’t Separate Her from the Internet or Her New Norwegian Hat; Lillehammer, Norway

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International Dance Competition With Mari’s Daughters; Lillhammer, Norway

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The American vs. The Norwegian in the Michael Jackson Dance Competition

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Feeling at Home; Lillehammer, Norway

Walking around Downtown Lillehammer

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Quiet Streets of Downtown Lillehammer, Norway

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Kiersten Camoflauged with ‘Moods of Norway’ Shop Tractor; Lillehammer, Norway

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Moose Sighting; Nikkers Restaurant; Lillehammer, Norway

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Moose Sighting; Nikkers Restaurant; Lillehammer, Norway

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Norwegian Movie Stars; Nikkers Restaurant; Lillehammer, Norway

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Traveling Troll; Nikkers Restaurant; Lillehammer, Norway

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Party of Five; Nikkers Restaurant; Lillehammer, Norway

Sledding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort

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No American Flag in Sight; Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

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Ultimate Cross Country Skiing Destination; Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

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Map of Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

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Traveling Troll and Kids Sledding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort, Lillehammer, Norway

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Neubauer Boys; Sledding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

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Tandem Sledding; Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

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Pushing the Kids Over the Cliff. Sledding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

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Sledding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

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The Race is On! Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

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Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

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Sjusjoen Ski Resort’s Lodge Buffet; Lillehammer, Norway

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Sjusjoen Ski Resort’s Lodge Buffet; Lillehammer, Norway

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Sjusjoen Ski Resort’s Lodge Buffet; Lillehammer, Norway

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Sjusjoen Ski Resort’s Lodge Buffet; Lillehammer, Norway

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Nordic Explorers; Sjusjoen Ski Center; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Nordic Explorers; Sjusjoen Ski Center; Lillehammer, Norway

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Pipe Sliding, Crash Landing at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

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Pipe Sliding, Crash Landing at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

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Pipe Sliding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

“That’s All Folks!” Pipe Sliding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

It’s now been a month since we were in Lillehammer and it’s almost like a dream that we were even there. It seems like such an idyllic place to live and I loved being in the homeland of my ancestors; the culture, landscape and values of Norway seems so suited to me.

This completes my travel series on our ‘Norwegian Vacation – Party of Five’. We had a memorable two week spring break vacation in Norway and look back on all the photos and adventures fondly. I hope to see Norway’s beauty again in another five – ten years and suspect we will be even more adventurous then, as the kids will be a little older. I’m glad we went with our kids at their current ages though as they were able to soak it in with open minds and have the experience shape their young lives in a positive way. I would highly recommend a Norwegian adventure for other families as well. (Just save your money!)


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