The tragedy in Baneheia
Kristiansand is a small place where the innhabitants are closed linked together.
In year 2000 a terrible incident took place in Baneheia, a small place in Kristiansand. Two girls, (Stine Sofie)
8 and ( Lena),10 years old were found raped and killed inside the wood of baneheia. The day the girls were burried was an official murning day for the Kristiansand people, and the city stood absolutely still for several hours in respect for the little girls.
The murders were sentenced to prison for 19 and 21 years ( more information about Norwegian court system here )
I think this tragedy always will affect the people living there. Especially when the murders get permission from the jail. The people of Kristiansand don't want to see them again.
The mother of one of the girls is working for Stine Sofie´s foundation to secure the kids safety against sexual abuse and violence.
This painting was made 30 years before the tragedy of Baneheia, but I cant associate anything else than tragedy when I look at the painting.
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the pot-holes of Kristiansand
For me it always again a lot of fun to watch out for the local pot-holes, when I come to a new city. In Kristiansand they also use their own design for it, shownig the Domkirke, the townhall and another house I did not recognize.
The bible belt of Norway
Ohhhh, this is a conservative stretch of Norway.... This is materializing itself as strict liquor laws, many "bedehus" (prayer houses") and churches, a conservative twang in politics and strong presence of the Norwegian Christian Democratic Party in local politics and culture. It is indeed a strong cultural factor. However, this also breeds a counter culture, which is quite evident in festivals and cultral "pockets". As a traveller you will not encounter much of the practicalities of this conservativism - if anything, the difficulity in purchasing alcohol...
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great art nouveau streetlamps
You will find some interesting and great art nouveau streetlamps in Kristiansand as well ! The one in my main picture is situated in front of the cathedral !
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