Working at the peace house has its perks, one of them being that the Norwegian Peace Council is in the office next door, which means that whenever something is organised by them, we can be involved in some way. Two days ago it was attending a meeting with an Israeli diplomat talking about the conflict and the boycott, and yesterday, it was the Nobel Peace Prize torchlight march.
Organised every year on the 10th of December, the march begins at the central station, with some speeches and a few performances, walks up Karl Johans Gate to the Grand Hotel, where the Nobel Peace Prize laureate appear on the balcony to the cheers of the crowd.
For a peace organisation volunteer, seeing the Nobel Peace Prize laureates is a bit like the MTV music awards for a pop music fan.
This year's laureates are the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, who won "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011".
We got to hold the banner in front of the march, we even had horses to make way for us! And we felt like stars, there were journalists everywhere.
Once we got in front of the Grand Hotel, the laureates came out on the balcony, as is tradition.
The crowd, made up of many Tunisians who came for the occasion, started singing the Tunisian national anthem and chanting anti-terrorism slogans, feeling very proud and happy of their country.
This was an amazing opportunity to see that peace is an attainable and never-ending process, and how happy people can be, even in what may seem like dark times.
Tonight we are attending the Nobel Peace Prize concert, our Christmas present from CISV Norge!
The perks of being an EVSer... 😀
Laëtitia & Emi