I have written a few times about our friends Tim and Elin here in Tromsø. We were linked up with them by our good buddies Jud and Kerri in Sitka (thanks!). Tim is from the States and Elin is from Sweden. They met in AK while Elin was on a year study abroad. The rest is history. A wedding and 2 kids later they are in Norway where Tim is pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor. Since the education system here is pretty much free and the support for families is incredible, Norway is a dream come true for those getting advanced degrees while starting a family. Can you imagine graduating from med school (or law school, or PT school…) with NO student loans. On top of that, you were getting a few thousand dollars/month to care for your new baby??? That is the story here. It is not easy to make that happen, but if you can jump through the hoops you will be rewarded. Tim has been required to pass several levels of Norwegian language tests and orals, but he recently finished his entry year and passed his language exam. In celebration of the end of school and the beginning of summer, we joined them on a canoe camping trip to Skogsfjordvatnet (click for map of the lake) on the island of Ringvassoy.
Despite Elin having to leave early for work, the millions of artic mosquitos, and the boys not catching any fish during a late night with the midnight sun in the canoe, we had a spectacular weekend exploring our little peninsula and some nearby islands. Frida (age 4), and Louise (1 1/2) are two great girls who are tough and ready for any adventure! We look forward to more fun turs (norwegian word for hiking or exploring) with their family.