But we're so happy
Far from home
But we're so happy"
- "From Finner" by Of Monsters and Men
I wish I could make you feel the way I feel right now. It's like I'm a piece of fabric that had been stored away for a long while in a musty attic with moth balls, and suddenly I've been brought out, spread open, dusted off, and hung in the sunshine. I feel fresh, aired out, new. The lyrics I wrote above are so incredibly true. Since landing in Stavanger, I have been embraced by my new colleagues, enthralled by the landscape, and refreshed by the wind, the sun, and the sea.
|My church in Stavanger|
After church, I walked around downtown, and it was the first time I had ventured any significant distance without planning a route and taking a map. Downtown is relatively easy to navigate because it's organized on two peninsulas. Basically, if you walk far enough in any one direction, you'll hit water and know it's time to turn back. There were a lot of instances when I wandered long enough that I ended up at the same place where I began. Given my experience getting to IRIS, which is just outside of town, I was thankful to find the city center so navigable!
|View out to the fjord from my "secret spot"|
It's been 5 days since I landed, and I think I can declare myself officially settled in. Tomorrow morning, I will head to IRIS and start on some real work. Bring on the science!