Drammen = crazy? いいのかな?

When I came home by train from Hallingdal (valley) late Sunday night on March 8 there was no snow left in the streets of Drammen. Spring has come very early this year, so the snow had melted. Well, there was a little snow up in the hill on the shadow side of town though.

But when I walked home from the station, a truck filled with snow passed by. The following day, my day off, I walked across the bridge. I found snow! Look at the picture below!


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Around the Bragernes Church and down below at the market place there was a lot of snow, and machines moved around and around preparing ski tracks.

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Fences and stands were being put up. People living in the apartment buildings near by would be able to watch the ski race from their verandas (picture below, left).


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Here and there «hills» had been made, and pedestrians had to walk through manmade tunnels under the snow «hills» (picture above, right).

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The area around the church looked like a construction site.


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When more snow arrived, it was soon taken care of.

Why transport all this snow to downtown Drammen? On March 11 there was a worldcup cross-country skiing race in the middle of Drammen! The snow had been produced at Konnerud, the outskirts of Drammen. Somebody told me that the whole arrangement cost around 4 million kroner. To me this kind of artificial ski race is a little crazy. But most citizens seem to enjoy having all the famous cross-country skiing athlets visit their town.

I left Drammen in the morning because of my work, so I neither watched the race nor got  a chance to see any of the famous athlets.


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