Zane Burris, 1st year student studying Biochemistry from Dallas, Texas, travelled to Norway the summer of 2019. “I had never been to such a beautiful, peaceful area, so far away from the struggles of the modern world, even though we did still get Pawn Stars on the TV in our hotel room.”
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“These pictures are from my trip with my parents to Sandnessjøen, Norway- less than 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle. We went at the start of July, but still needed our jackets! We went to see the ~800-year-old Alstahaug Kirke, where my mom’s great-grandparents got married before immigrating to America. Sandnessjøen, a town of about 7,500 people, is right next to a famous Norwegian mountain range called “De Syv Søstre” (“The Seven Sisters”). Local folklore claims that each of the mountains was once a troll that was turned to stone after staying out after sunrise.
Going to Sandnessjøen gave me a better sense of who I am, as well as a better sense of how to pronounce words like Tvillingene and Skjæringen- both very important things. It seems obvious to say that when I went to a historic church, I noticed God, but I did. I had never been to such a beautiful, peaceful area, so far away from the struggles of the modern world, even though we did still get Pawn Stars on the TV in our hotel room. It was a truly surreal experience, and one that I would not trade for anything.
And yes, I played Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin on repeat the whole time I was there. When you go to “the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs flow,” that’s just the right thing to do.”
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