Bodø hosts a group of extraordinary individuals. These are people that gladly dress themselves up in military gear, and they run around in the forest, shooting small plastic bullets at each other. The correct term is “airsoft”, and these guys are spending loads of money on military clothes, holsters, replica guns and military gear. Every sunday (almost), they meet where the road ends, at a place out in the woods, and they play kind of realistic war games. I am spending time with these guys to make a feature story for publishing later this year.
When Her Highness Crown Princess of Norway, Mette-Marit travels by rail, she has her own royal rail car. As most royals, she enjoys the privelege of walking on the red carpet almost anywhere. It’s a bit more complicated to keep it tidy in Bodø, where the elements are working against you for most of the time.
One of the weird things about living in the north is the light. In the winter part of the year, it’s more about a lack of light, and in the summer part, there is an abundance. The sun disappears from the sky sometime in november, and is back sometime in january. From around march 18th, Bodø gets more daylight than Oslo, and in june, there is daylight all day (and night). After living “down south” for some years, I had forgotten how pleasing it is when the sun finally takes its place on the sky again.
The say that Chicago is “The Windy City”. They also say that Tromsø is the “Paris of the North” (I don’t agree on that one). If we keep going down that road, then Bodø should be “Chicago of the North”. There is never a day without wind in this town, and even if the sea looks still, and the trees aren’t moving when you look through the window, your hair will still be messed up when you go outside. People move to places like Spain, California or Greece because of the weather, and they move to Bodø despite it.
These days, a fantastic season of cod fishing takes place in the waters outside Lofoten and Vesterålen in northern Norway. Among the locals, it’s called “Lofotfisket”, or the Lofoten fishery, and it happens every year when large amounts of cod swims from the northern atlantic ocean to their spawning areas in the waters surrounding Lofoten and Vesterålen. This is considered to be the worlds largest seasonal fishery in the world, and it’s been of significant importance to people in northern Norway since the viking age.
As large-scale industrial trawlers take an increasing amount of the fish to foreign countries, the number of fishermen has dwindled, but the amount of cod caught gets bigger. But even in the age of industrial capitalism, some fishermen still do their work in an old-fashioned manner. Kyrre Brun is one of them, as he is a lone fisher on his boat. NRK Nordland portrayed the everyday work of a fisherman in a 3.5 hour long broadcast on sunday, in the classic slow-TV style. You can watch the entire broadcast here: Cod fisher minute-by-minute.
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