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    The snow is melting in the mountains:




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      Aalesund is dressed for 17.May, incl. the old Borgund Sparebank building:


      And NMK:




      More modestly at our block:


      Our flag was out as well:

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        Aalesund on a sunny day in May:

        With two cruise ships in town. (From smp.no)

        And Aalesund at midnight in May:

        (From Aalesund Havn webcam)

        And at midnight from a different venue:

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          Nice look out point for sunset in Ålesund... is that on the "sea-side" of Ålesund Maritime Museum?

          In fact, I have never been to that museum - even though I have been many times to the city! I need to make an extra effort to visit the museum in the future.
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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          • ombugge
            ombugge commented
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            Yes it is on the north side of Grimmerhaugen. where Aalesund Museum is situated. (Not only maritime items exhibited)

          Slinningsbaalet is raising:


          Latest news on the progress and plans for the year: https://www.smp.no/nyheter/2018/06/0...a-16854969.ece
          PS> No new World Record in the planning.

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            It is SUMMER!!!! in Aalesund:


            The trees that was stripped for the winter is coming back to life again:


            There should be plenty of apples for tourist to pick in the middle of town come autumn:


            Probably not too many tourists getting this far, but if this is a fruit tree it looks promising for autumn as well:




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              Slinningsbua is still standing:




              PS> Not sure if the scaffolding means that there is any activity, or progress,

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              • Sterkoder
                Sterkoder commented
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                When I used to visit Ålesund one or two times each summer, to photograph cruise ships and the city, I used to drive over to Slinningsbua and could get some nice pictures from the quay there.
                A few years back they rebuilt the roof and built those roof rooms there, or 'kvist' as we say in norwegian. Then the area got sealed off, and I could not even walk down there.
                So, if someone is working on a project to renew the Slinningsbua, it's going very, VERY slow forward if forward at all.

              This has been a roller coaster spring/early summer in Aalesund. May was the warmest and driest on records since .....(I don't know when)
              June has so far been windy and cold, better described as a "green winter". We have had two "autumn storms" so far and the temperature have hovered around 8-12C. But it has not been particularly wet,

              Today we celebrate mid-summer, or St.Hans Eve, (I know, the solistic was actually 2 days ago) and the days are getting shorter again.
              The Slinningsbaalet has been growing for weeks. Here it is as seen on 02. June:


              And today:


              No world record this year. (They already hold that):

              It will be lite abt. 2100 h. tonight. You can follow it directly here: https://www.smp.no/nyheter/2018/06/1...e-16949479.ece

              The weather and temperature is far from ideal, but there is still going to be activity all around town, incl. on Voldsdalsberga.
              Preparation seen here:


              This is what the weather looked like a little while ago:

              No rain, but cloudy and cold.

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                Slinningsbaalet 2018 in recording: https://www.smp.no/nyheter/2018/06/2...t-16987236.ece

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                  Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                  Such a beautiful tradition. I didn't watch the whole clip minute for minute when you posted it, but looking through it in increments, it's quite a spectacular sight.

                  Probably not great place to make hot dog's but a really great way to get rid of some pallets.
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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                  • ombugge
                    ombugge commented
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                    Yes it would have been better for the environment to create energy of a different kind, but not as much fun.
                    I believe Sweden have their bone fires as well?: https://sweden.se/culture-traditions...%92-and-1-may/

                  • Tommi
                    Tommi commented
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                    Yes there are, but Swedish bonfires usually consists of 95% branches and twigs.
                    The one in Strängnäs is a quite typical one, perhaps in the bigger end:
                    Valborgsmässofirande by Tommi Rotonen, on Flickr

                  • ombugge
                    ombugge commented
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                    "The one in Strängnäs is a quite typical one, perhaps in the bigger end"
                    Swedish record maybe??
                    Look, it is once a year and the contribution to global warming, NOx, SOx and particle pollution is minimal on an annual scale.
                    BTW; Branches and twigs cause just as much pollution, but still far less then belching and farting cattle:
                    https://www.theguardian.com/environm...than-estimated

                  Thanks for all your coverage Ombugge, which encouraged me to actually follow the event more closely this year. From the link I watch the progress live a few times during the evening. And I love your photo #1031.3

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                    Slinningsbaalet have burnt out and here is what it looked like at Slinningsholmen a few days later:

                    Ready for next year.

                    PS>I don't know who did the clearing of debris, but it would have been quite a job.

                    Here is proof positive that Slinningsbaalet 2016 was and is still the world record holder in terms of height of bonfires:
                    ​​​​​​​ http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/...allest-bonfire

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                      Slinningsbaalet of Japanese TV - Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG23WbLGj70

                      Part - 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URqIZCSQ4W0

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                        Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                        So funny to see this on a Japanese game show! I bet that many people in Japan now wants to go to Norway even more!
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                          I have mentioned "Rundskue" in this thread earlier. Far too few, both tourists and locals, appears to find their way up to this ultimate lookout point at the summit of Aksla.
                          Here is a chronicle by a lady who have spent most of her life away from Aalesund, but always goes up to Rundskue when she visit here:
                          https://www.smp.no/meninger/2018/08/...e-17240162.ece

                          This could just as well have gone in the "Are Norwegians racists" thread.
                          Her views and arguments are very similar to mine when it comes the way Norwegians today see people of non-western origin who come here and their view of Norwegians that migrated to other parts of the world, yet retain some of their "Norwegianess", even in third or fourth generation.

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