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Olive 23/2/16

Today we were in Tromsø, one of the town squares had ice sculptures in it. It was really cool, a few people from lots of different countries had got together to build an ice sculpture. Here is my favourite.
It's a coral reef.
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This one is an elephant.

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This one an owl.

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Then we went to a church, it was on a hill and in the afternoon lights it looked pretty cool.

The walls on the outside were covered in snow. So it was fun to climb up the sides and try and get the highest, Wil and I did the Penguin Mode, which is where you fling yourself into the snow headfirst and spin as much as you can. It's really fun.

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Olive 22/2/16

Today nothing really happened, so I'm going to tell you about life on the boat so far. Every morning we leave our tiny cabin and climbed the 36 stairs to breakfast, which is a buffet. Then it's to the Polar bear lounge as it's now known, across the foyer to spend the time before lunch writing stories, blog posts, and math and reading homework. Other people read books, play word games and sleep. There is a TV but there is no sound and it's all in Norwegian. It's called the Polar bear lounge because this is in the room outside it:
(Don't worry it's dead, but it's real.)
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At lunch it's back across the foyer to the dining room for another buffet. I'm always the first to the jelly!
Then it's to the polar bear lounge for the rest of the afternoon. At dinner we eat here:
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There are three courses for dinner, then dessert. The three courses are a set menu and are a more traditional flavour then I'm used to. Sadly there is no pizza, just crab cocktails, salads, and pickled fish.
Then after that, back down the stairs to the messy cabin for bed. It's really hard to keep tidy because of how tiny it is, all our suitcases are stuffed under our beds.
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Wil 21/2/16

sunny -1 °C

One of the places we visited in Trondheim was a Lutheran church called Vår Frue Church and it seemed like there were a billion statues of Jesus. The church was founded in the 12th century. Because of the fires in the 15th, 16th and 17th century they had to rebuild and repair most of the church. The church volunteers were giving food and shelter to the homeless while we were there. There were two women giving up their Sundays to help the them. I felt bad for homeless people in this cold climate, and I'm glad there are people to help.

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Olive 21/2/16

Today, we went to Trondheim. Another beautiful town. We visited two churches. The carvings were really pretty.

This one was the Nidaros Cathedral. It took from the 10th century to the start of the 14th century to build it.Viking King Olav brought Christianity to Norway and the cathedral is built over his grave. Inside, the choir was rehearsing, and in an arch just off the centre there was a small box of sand and a pile of candles.The sign told us to light a candle for someone you care about. We lit two, one for my great aunt Ronda, and our friend Kate, who both died last year.
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Then I was anxious to get back to the boat, because they said that they won't wait for anyone who is late. Thankfully we made it in time!

Afterward on the boat, we passed a lighthouse that a man once lived in with his family. It would be so lonely and cold!
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Olive 20/2/16

2A7F075C0FEA638E8865F523E2E83B75.jpegToday, the boat stopped at Ålesund, a really pretty city with some awesome carvings on the walls of the buildings. When they re-built the city after the fire, they tried to create a national style of architecture.
We went mountain climbing. 418 steps up, 418 steps back. And that didn't count the first 65 steps from the village. The views were incredible. There are two ways of spelling Ålesund: Ålesund and Aalesund. It's pronounced all-eh-soond. Both ways are written on the buildings. The language is hard and the grammar is SO different from other languages. I now know a few words. "Ja" ( pronounced ya ) is yes. "Nei" is no, and "unnskyld" ( pronounced oon-shill ) is excuse me. "Snakker du engelsk" ( pronounced snukker-doo-en-elsk) is do you speak English?

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