In all of the years Lisa has been coming to Norway, she has never driven a car here. Mainly because there is no real abundance of automatic transmissions in automobiles in Norway (or much of Europe for that matter - this may be changing). To facilitate efficient moving from place to place in Norway, Lisa's brother, Joe, is on the trip and is operating as Lisa's driver.
Lisa has been researching the family roots for years. She has traced Bastian Henning Witt Torvik back to a farm about 10 kilometers down the road from Surnadalsøra. The town where the farm is located is called Torvik. It isn't much of a town just a few houses/farms and a gas pump. Lisa has invited all the people that she knows that have any connection to Bastian. There may be as many as 30 people at the party.
Kirsten, also in the picture above, is a blood relative. How so, one might ask. Some time passes and Ellen Marta (Bastian's mom) has another child with some guy from Rindal (up the road about 30 kilometers). Mr. X from Rindal moves out of the picture and the child, a son named Olaf, is raised by a foster family on a farm in Solem across the fjord. He takes the name Olaf Solem. Olaf is Kirsten's grandfather.
Kirsten, Atle (Kirsten's husband) and Ingeborg (Halvdan's wife)
We had 27 people at the shindig. Eleven from the US and 16 from Norway. I may not go into excruciating detail on all of the attendees, but I will give you one more confusing connection. Ellen Marta (when she was about 40 years old) finally gets married to Ola Endereson Solem. This is another Solem, not the one previously discussed. It was common to take the name of your town, farm or parish as a last name. Ola was either from Solem and living in Litlvika or from Litlvika and living in Solem. This is not completely clear. I suggested we get some Mormons working on it as they are pretty good at populating family trees, but that is a topic for another time. Okay, are you with me so far? I hope so. Ola is a sharecropper. He owns no land. He has several children from a first wife who is deceased. As you've probably guessed, Ola and Ellen Marta have a child; his name is Ingvald. You may encounter Ingvald's granddaughter and great granddaughter as the story unfolds.
Even, Sondre, Beth, Kirsten, Jay, Ben, and Kristine with Isak (I think it is Isak)
Bjarne's son, Halvdan (in the doorway), and Bjarne
Lisa and Sigurd "cut a rug"; Alia observes and Bjarne and son supply the music
Alia and Greg try out some new moves
Kurt and Sondre
The music is now accompanied with singing
Special cake made by ?
Sondre caught with the cookie
We were all invited to Halvdan and Ingeborg's house in Torvik.
Near the boat house
Out int he fjord in Halvdan's boat; you can see half of Halvdan's face, Greg, Alia, Ben, and me
Halvdan's house and farm from the fjord
Looking down to the fjord from Halvdan's house
We adjourned to our lodgings, parked the cars, and dove into the beer and wine. Most of us thought that this was a reasonable way to prepare for the next day.
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