Two weekends back, I got to visit Arendal town, as Bruno my work colleague was speaking at TEDx Arendal, on his Eco-art project. His presentation was both moving and inspiring, as he was one of the surprise guests speaking about his passion and work in Uganda.
There were also several amazing speakers, workshops and a boat ride to view Arendal from the seaside which I’m sure by now you’ve realized I enjoy. One of the evenings also had an epic performance by speaker Petter Amundsen a cryptologist and organist in the beautiful Trinity church.
Arendal is a pretty town, with old wooden houses, benches where you can relax and feed some birds, especially when the sun is out. If you find yourself in Arendal, you must walk to the old town Tyholmen, check out the old town hall from 1812.
We stayed at Clarion Hotel, where breakfast was a delicious feast with fresh rolls, fruit, waffles and cheese as the sun glazed on the water and boats rolled out on the harbor. On our last morning here, one of the presenters had a waffle tour made with a-gazillion waffles for his Snap-chat fans…I want to be this cool some day!
Taking a walk later in the day was refreshing, to see some cheerful faces, walking past buzzing shops, cafes and groups of tourists.
Tyholmen is the best preserved part of Arendal, built on some of the seven small islands that the city spread across. and was accredited for its efforts to combine preservation with adaptability for modern use. It has two parts, an upper and lower. The lower part mostly with cafes, hotels and the upper more residential.
My favourite view of the town was at Eureka Kompetase, which was miles and miles of blue *in-love-emoji … In my dream-life, I’d like to live in a small town like this, where there aren’t so many cars,so I can walk or bike everywhere.
Before we set off for Oslo on Sunday, with Max, a dope photographer from TedX we dropped by his lovely parent’s home. It reminded me of my big brother and my mum, who’s always asking him to stop by on the weekends-or else! haha!
Max’s mum made waffles and it was an absolute delight to meet his family. I can’t wait to show them Uganda someday 🙂
I hope you got a glimpse of this cool weekend, as I hope to start sharing more of these brief trips as much as I can with my experience here in Norway.
Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day,