Overlapping Seminar and visit to Stavanger

Hello all.

After these first weeks full of new experiences, interesting learning and activities with fellow CISVers and other EVSers, it is time to publish our first blog post!

Back in August, our first CISV event as EVSers was the Overlapping Seminar, a 2-day meeting in Oslo for national Committee members and for the Board of CISV Norge to have a transition with their predecessors and to plan the year ahead.

This seminar was also a great opportunity for us to get to know more CISVers active at the national level of the organisation in Norway and to discuss possible cooperation with them throughout the year. We got an overview of some training events we would help staffing, started brainstorming about the topics of our sessions for NEO (one of them organised together with the Junior Committee), discussed committee projects we could share input on, etc.

On the first day of the seminar in the evening, we were also in charge of the social activity. We started with a cooperation game and ended with a nice concert by Ciro 🙂 We were all so much into the music that we unfortunately forgot to take pictures of the concert. If you are attending a CISV Norge seminar this year, you might have the chance to experience one yourself though 😎

The following week, we were off to Stavanger for some training and teambuilding.

Stavanger is the third largest urban area in Norway and is situated in the Rogaland county, in the south-western part of the country. The city is known for its oil industry, but also for its street art, Nuart Festival (street art festival taking place around September and October each year), as well as for its colourful houses in Øvre Holmegate. Stavanger is also known for being close to the famous Pulpit Rock. More info about it coming up in this post 😉

On our first day in Stavanger, we learnt more about CISV branding and about the use of the blog and website thanks to Kristian, former chair of the information committee.

On the second day, we had the chance to go on a hiking trip to Preikestolen! Preikestolen, also known as the Pulpit Rock, is a 604-meter high rock formation along the Lysefjord. According to geologists, this cliff was formed during the ice age around 10 000 years ago. During that time, water from a large glacier froze in the crevices of the mountain and eventually broke the rock, creating this angular cliff.

After a nice short ferry trip to Tau and a little bus ride, we started hiking to our destination. The way to Pulpit Rock was already a great insight into Norwegian nature, fjords and mountains, as you can see on the pictures below

On our way, we also noticed a wooden sign informing hikers that the path to Preikestolen had been upgraded by Nepal sherpas in 2013-2014. These sherpas enlarged the path to the famous rock while also paving part of it with stone steps.

“PREIKESTOLSTEIN Opprusta av sherpaar frå Nepal sesongane 2013-2014. The path to the Pulpit rock was upgraded by sherpas from Nepal during the seasons of 2013-2014.”

We also came across some hand-made rock towers. There was no explanation about them there, but they might have been created in order to mark the trail.

After around 2 hours walk, we reached Preikestolen! The hike was definitely worth it and the weather was perfect 🙂

Just like locals, we had brought our matpakkene (prepared with some advice from Ingrid in the morning 😉 ) and kvikk lunsj, which we enjoyed with a great view from above Preikestolen.

Once back from this great team building activity, we were invited for dinner at Milla’s and Kristian’s house. After a very nice meal, we also had some interesting discussions about Norwegian culture. We got familiar with the concept of Fredagskos, a very ‘koselig’ time Norwegians like to enjoy on Fridays. We also heard about the Social Guidebook to Norway and talked about cultural similarities and differences between our countries. Afterwards, we also went for a walk along the little beach nearby.

We also take this opportunity to thank again Milla and Kristian for inviting us that evening, and Marie Elise for letting us stay at her house these three days!

The next day started with some exploration of the city, getting to feel the atmosphere of Stavanger and looking for some street art and colourful houses, which you could see earlier on the pictures in this post.

We then went back to Oslo and got ready for our next destinations: Bergen and Balestrand. More information coming up soon in the next blog post 🙂