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    Thank you Ombugge and Svein for these pictures of the beautiful Aalesund.

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      Slinninsbaalet is growing, but will they reach world record height of 45 m.?
      Don't ask, watch for yourself on slow TV: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2016/06/23...t-12937808.ece

      Is it becoming world famous??: http://www.viralnova.com/huge-pallet-bonfire-norway/

      This year there are 14 extra helpers to build it:http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2016/06/15...a-12894698.ece
      One of them has been 6 years in Norway, but still waiting to hear if he will be allowed to stay here.I'm already going stir crazy doing very little for 3 months.

      Imagine if you are forced to spend 6 years or more of your life in total limbo, not able to work, or study, just waiting for some bureaucrats to do their job?
      No wonder they are happy to help with anything, which they are allowed to do as long as they are asked, it is organized by somebody else and they are not paid to do it.

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        Want to try climbing Slinningsbaalet in virtual reality? http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2016/06/24...k-12940997.ece

        This is when they had reached 35 m.

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          At 1230 today they topped off Slinningsbaalet with a total height of 47.4 m. and reclaim the World Record: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2016/06/23...t-12937808.ece

          Now they are home getting some well deserved sleep, before lighting the fire at 2100 tonight. The camera from smp.no will remain active until the early morning tomorrow.

          Here is my own picture of Slinningsbaalet as seen from Voldsdalsberga a little while ago.
          Can you see it?:


          There it is:


          Closer:


          Zoomed in:


          More to follow tomorrow.

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          Then it is over. Slinningsbaalet is dead, long live Slinningsbaalet v.2017

          I was there this year. Lots of pictures to follow.

          Meanwhile, here is a time laps of the event: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2016/06/26...r-12950754.ece

          Pictures from smp.no: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2016/06/25...n-12949932.ece
          It is best seen by starting from the last.

          Slinningsbaalet is still burning 20 hrs. after being lite: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2016/06/26...t-12951590.ece
          Last edited by ombugge; June 26th, 2016, 17:31. Reason: Add link

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            Very nice. Thank you for sharing. We did not see that before. Stunning!
            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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              WAOW.... I love that the Queen Elizabeth main mast is so similar to the old QE2.... I guess the old Lady was the model for the new Elizabeth. Looks like you got pretty close to the ship as well.
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                Found this nice little Pub & Restaurant in Apotekergata today. Friendly English speaking landlord with a sense of humor:

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                • yvneac
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                  A friendly barman in a nice pub...what else?

                • ombugge
                  ombugge commented
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                  What else???
                  "Friendly English speaking landlord with a sense of humor". What more do you want???
                  Don't know if he speaks French, but he is half Icelandic. (Probably wouldn't be to popular with the French in town after this coming Sunday)

                • yvneac
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                  What else? :it was a reference to the advert for Nespresso.
                  Iceland-France? if France plays with 20 players and Iceland without a goal keeper,we have a good opportunity to win.

                Kayaking through Brosundet: https://youtu.be/Pcgg577ZwTk

                Reaching the open ocean:

                OK, Aspevaagen then.
                Last edited by ombugge; July 3rd, 2016, 18:38.

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                  Brosundet has a central role in the Aalesund landscape and history. It is what the town has been named for, ("Aalesundet" = Sound of Eels)
                  It's commercial value, other than as a favourite motif for tourists, has diminished, but there are some activity, especially in the summer.
                  Here is a look at Brosundet in the spring:


                  And the same view a few days ago:

                  OK, Elton John was in town.

                  There is some traffic through the sound when it is open for passage:




                  But some have to turn around:


                  It is now also the source of much agony, since the single bridge across is the cause of a daily traffic jam during weekdays.
                  (Abt. 30 min. of "gridlock" every morning and afternoon. Now, for those who have lived or worked in Bangkok, KL or Jakarta, that may not sound like much to complain about, but it appears to be the biggest problem faced in Aalesund since big fire)

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                    The Market (Torget) see a little activity in the summer:


                    Especially when Norwegian Strawberries are in season:

                    The first Valldal strawberries are still a week or so away. (The best in the world)

                    The wharfs are mostly empty:


                    But the steps to Fjellstua are well trodden:

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                      The new steps and platform(s) going up to Fjellstua looks great... a must-do thing on my next visit in the end of October.
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                      A few more Slinningsbua photos to add to the collection - it looks fantastic at a distance, with the mountains and clouds behind.

                      All from the same 'secret location' that Ombugge revealed to the world in the cruise ship thread!!

                      Firstly - lots of plastic watching some burning timber ...



                      With Nautica on 'short finals' to her berth ...





                      ​Seabourn Quest doing the same thing, but without the Tug for company.



                      And the building just looking amazing, sinister, beautiful, lonely, with no ships!

                      Cheers,

                      Mark.

                      www.pologlover.co.uk

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                      • ombugge
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                        How long were you here?

                      • PoloUK
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                        A couple of days - about a week too few. Didn't do half of what we planned to - had a great time.

                      • yvneac
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                        Mark I love that. Your photos are superb.

                      Beautiful mood. Terrific sky in #868/3. Thank you for posting!
                      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                        Get an inside view of Aalesund. This is the new "parking house" shot out in Aksla:






                        Not too crowded yet, but very handy when it is raining, or you'r in a hurry. You can enter from Raadstugata on one side of town and emerge in Kongensgate on the other in a matter of minutes. That applies if you are walking or driving, since there is a "grace period" of some 10 min. without charge.
                        Here is how it works: http://www.akslaparkering.no/om-aksla-parkering/

                        PS> there is even a rolling pavement (Rollator) to/from "Storsenteret": http://www.alesundstorsenter.no/

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