Each week in Kosetime (a choice activity time), different activities are offered! Some of the great options this week include Norge GeoGuessr (a game where players use Google Street View images to guess where they are based on their surroundings), architecture drawing, a bonus allsang led by videregående (high school credit villagers), music bingo, art based on folktales and hanging out at the beach. (Click the link for more photos!)
Last night, we capped off a relaxing Sunday with some time for reflection at Bukkesjøen (Buck Lake). We enjoyed a beautiful sunset, not to mention poetry and music shared by villagers! The evening continued with writing and sharing notes about how others helped us feel courageous. We then returned to Gimle for some snacks before heading off to bed. (Click the link for more pictures!)
Yesterday, we had an international dance exchange with our neighbors at Lac du Bois! We taught them a polka, walz, tango, and a reinlender and learned a swing and an afrique from them! The reinlender and tango groups enjoyed live music courtesy of Melanie Hansen, a local musician and member of our Skogfjorden family, and one of our videregående classes! Then, we all met for a big line dance exchange with songs from Scandinavia and the French speaking world! (Click the link for more pictures and a few videos of the band!)
Today, we continued with our vikingprogram (Viking program) and fredsprogram (Peace program). Over the course of four days, villagers will experience an in-depth simulation where they interact as parts of different groups and in different contexts. (Click the link for more information and pictures!)
Our program last night was all about NRK (Norsk rikskringkasting or Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation). The village was tasked with creating a 30 minute broadcast. Each cabin produced and performed a segment. Performances ranged from siste nytt (breaking news) to a drama series to a newspaper article distributed between performances.
We also celebrated all of the villagers who have birthday’s during the session by singing the Norwegian birthday song and ate cake! (Click the link for more pictures!)