Monthly Archives: December 2018

Til fjells – a walk in the hills

2019-01-29T09:20:00+01:00December 15th, 2018|

Some current students have been especially enthusiastic to experience local outdoor possibilities; this was noticeable when they woke up one Sunday morning last winter and carried skis for an hour to a nearby skiing area, to then “ski on skins” up the slopes and spend the day romping on the slopes before walking back to campus.

With sub-zero temperatures and no snow over the last week, frost structures building beautifully on campus, conditions seemed perfect for a hike up Storehesten, the big mountain seen en route to Førde. After assembling a “matpakke” in the kantine, and a 40 minute drive, five student enthusiasts and a recently-arrived South Dakotan started walking around 10:15 in sub-zero sunshine. It was surprisingly warm, the path was frozen dry and a rapid pace saw us lose the sun around the expansive North slopes, to reach the top within 2 hours. Whoops of delight for the sunny panorama on top, the open ocean and islands 40kms west, Jostedal glacier 40 kms east and, below, the village of Bygstad covered in a thick layer of white frost, permanently shielded from winter sun by the hills on the south.

With the Christmas dinner set to start at 17:00, some haste was needed, resulting in a fine “jogge-tur” over the open slopes. A rest to explore the thick ice on a frozen lake, helped cool participants. Back at the car within 90 mins of the top, the gang managed (in footwear impressively ill-suited to the task) some thin lay-away moves up a pillar placed at the parking lot. All in all, deep appreciation for frost, ice, dry rough rock, (sort-of) warming sun, vast blue skies, 360 degree views through crystal clear air, and the fun of moving over a mountain in these winter conditions.

Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony 2018

2019-01-29T09:35:10+01:00December 13th, 2018|

The International Community taking a Stance against Wartime Sexual Violence.

In Oslo City Hall for the ceremony

This year the College had the honour of being represented at the Nobel Peace Prize Awards in Oslo with the following students and staff attending: Jordanella (Sweden/Dem Rep of Congo), Olivia (Norway), Mariana (Mexico), Otto (Norway), Sidnie (Philippines) and Rektor Guðmundur (Iceland).

Our team gathered in the Icelandic embassy before the event, before heading to Oslo City Hall. In their speeches the two laureates called on the world to protect victims of wartime sexual violence – a brave and moving appeal for everyone listening. They were also invited to take an active part in the Al Jazeera interviews with the prize winners, Denis Mukwegea and Nadia Murad.

In this link (16:35-) you can see Jordanella, with her family background in the Democratic Republic of Congo, asking Dr Mukwege what we, as an international community, can do.