Diana and me spent the last weekend in the Peace House in Oslo, joining the former & new Board-members of CISV Norge at the Overlapping Seminar. The different committees (about 12 in total) met up to discuss what happened last year and plan what will happen in the upcoming year.
For me this weekend was mostly about putting faces to the various CISV-positions and starting to talk about the upcoming projects and workload that Diana and me, as EVSers, are going to help with. But most of all we were filled with information, information and, yeah - you might have guessed it already - information.
As EVSers it was also our responsibility to make sure that the coffee was always filled up, the lunch prepared and the snacks for the afternoon were out. This brings me to my number 1 lesson for this weekend: Norwegians love coffee. After liters and liters of this brown drink the participants of this weekend's seminar continued to drink coffee - really fascinating! But since Norway is one of the top 3 coffee-consumers worldwide, we should have guessed that there'll be lots of coffee consumption!
On Saturday evening we took part in an activity about the Global Conference of CISV International, which is going to be held in Norway. This activity included questions about Risk Management (How DO YOU unglue fingers that were just glued together by super glue? ), World Records (How many rubber ducks were collected by a single person? / How many balloons were blown up by nose in 3 minutes?), Famous Norwegians (I don't remember a single one of them unfortunately...) Famous Sights (Hurtigrute) and Karaoke (sing a famous Norwegian song in a foreign language).
The weekend ended on Sunday afternoon with an outlook on the upcoming year. I was really happy with the weekend and how the upcoming year is going to look like. Plans were made for the upcoming NEO and Høstmøte - so we can already get excited for our next responsibilities.
Vi ses, Bine