Yes, we are on holidays in Norway! It is amazing to be back after 20 months. We finally got our EU digital vaccination certificates, so off we went. It was a little nerve-wracking being among so many strangers at the airports and on board, but most people were good about distancing and keeping masks on. With the green pass, it was very smooth to travel. I was really nervous.
My brother kindly collected us at the Oslo airport and drove us to see my parents. Really good to see them again. The next day we headed west with them and are now on Utsira, a small island outside Haugesund. The Brits might know it from the shipping forecast. Rocks, sheep, lots of sky and sea, interesting street art and very nice people.
We have had lovely food too: sjøkreps (Norwegian lobster), waffles and brown cheese, homebaked bread with Jarlsberg cheese, Hardanger plums, and of course endless cups of filter coffee. We are enjoying walks and cool weather: after sweltering Rome, it is wonderfully fresh here.
Norway was not hit badly by the pandemic, thank goodness. It is still really strange to be able to enter shops and restaurants here without a mask. We are double vaccinated but got tested before flying just in case, since we are with my elderly parents. Better to be careful.
I hope you are also able to have some safe and lovely holidays soon!