august is a hectic month in this town
THE HERRING FESTIVAL (8-12 aug 2007)
its a jazz festival that has been here for more than 20 years with lots of great artist playing from around the world
THE STREET PARADE
on the saturday at teh festival most of the bands attend the traditionale street parade through the pedestrian street and down to the habour
HAUGESUND RACE WEEKEND
it started in 1980 and been taking place when the herring festival
THE LONGEST HERRING TABLE IN THE WORLD
once a year in the middle of august the chefs in haugesund preper herring for everybody to try for free, it covers meters of meters of the pedestrian street . starting from the north and a couple of blocks south
HAVNEDAGENE (16-19 aug 2007)
the old boats weekend ,with the habour filled with boats and old maritim stuff . its often the same weekend as the herring table
THE NORWEGIAN FILM FESTIVAL (17-23 aug 2007)
the town is filled with famouse people in film , both from norway and abroad this is a great month in haugesund and the surrounding area
the sun almost shine every day and its happy people haveing a great time
national day 17th of may
National day here is very special
it starts with the canon wakeing up everyone early early in the morning
7am ...the morning parade starts and anyone ( even tourists :-))) can join in) , it starts from diffrent parts in town and meet up with the fishermen statue in town where the flaggs goes to the top just befor 8
8 am ....starts a tradition that began in 1888...the rowing competition
10 am the children parade starts kids from all the schools and kindergarden starts from diffrent parts of town to meet up and marzh together to the townhall ( a building that you learn about in acitect history )
the speaker of the day can be anyone local or from abroad, lot of famouse people has spoken here
after this people join together with friends or go to cafes to have lunch
3 pm.....the folk parade starts it include diffrent clubs, activites ...for example sports team , choirs, carsclub, dancers, bands . its lot of fun to watch
5 am the graduates make a fun parade in their costumes red, blue or black...they make fun of local news, bring their cars etc
the whole day you will see people in their national costume from diffrent parts of norway and after 6-7 its great to take it off (since its so heavy) and hit the sofa after a long day, some of us sometime go out or to a party
the day is celebrated diffrently all around the country, i have celebrated it in diffrent places and must say this city has the best and longest day with things happening all day long...its very easy for tourist to experince alot of celebration without the local knowledge since it all happen down town
Time on the farm
"Here Piggie, Piggie"
I spent the large part of my trip in Etne, Norway. It's a small farming village in the lower region of Norway. It's surrounded by lush, green mountains, giant trees and a beautiful fjord. The town looks just as it did hundreds of years ago except for the shell station. It has a few local shops, none of which take an american visa..guess it's not everywhere you want to be!
One misconception about a small farming village is the prices! It's one of the most expensive countries you can visit. I met local artists there and purchased art I will treasure for ever. I worked on a pig farm everyday for a week and I loved every minute of it! Breakfast alone is worth the trip. Lots of yummy salt-cured pork all natural, a dozen cheeses, spreads, homeade breads and yes the holy grail..whipped norwegian honey.
Most of the old families there have houses on the fjord. Old houses made of wood, nestled among trees, mountains and overlooking the water. The water itself is cold and dark but absolutely calm like glass. Sheep roam the hillsides with their little bells around the neck and of course the trolls live in the mountains. Did you know that norway created the Smurfs? No surprise.