Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Norwegian Romance Rekindled on the Net; after 20 Years Apart, Canadian Woman's Facebook Post Reunites Her with DJ Love of Her Life

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Norwegian Romance Rekindled on the Net; after 20 Years Apart, Canadian Woman's Facebook Post Reunites Her with DJ Love of Her Life

Article excerpt

Byline: Lisa Benoit Lisa.Benoit@capnews.com.au

THE train was on an incline, about to tackle its route through the Norwegian mountains.

It only took 30 seconds in a tunnel for the landscape on the other side to take my breath away.

We were at the top of a mountain with snow surrounding us.

With my face stuck to the window, I couldn't believe we were in a completely new environment.

Within seconds, white snow replaced the greenery and was now covering the mountain.

I was on the Flam Railway and soon enough we were descending the mountain again, with our sights turning to greenery and waterfalls rushing down cliffs.

The train left us at the entrance of the Sognefjord Fjords and a boat ride would soon bring us deeper into the fjords with mountains towering over us.

I was just a tiny speck at the very bottom of these snow-capped mountains, with the blue sky peeking through as if to let me know it was still there.

The mountains dominated a quaint village in Fjaerland where the boat had left us, with one store and a road going through the town centre.

Despite being August, there was still a chill in the air, which led me to yearn for a cup of tea. A hotel, which looked like it was out of an old movie, stood in front of me and I headed straight in.

I stepped into Hotel Mundal, which was built in 1891, and went straight to order my cup of tea from the woman behind the counter. As soon as she spoke, I knew she was Canadian.

Being from Canada as well, I knew we would have plenty to speak about; but it wasn't what we had in common that captured my attention, it was my curiosity of how a woman from Alberta, Canada, ended up in a Norwegian town thousands of miles away?

The answer was simple. It was love.

Carrie Giroux first came to Norway in 1981 as a 20-year-old who was visiting her sister studying at university.

A girls' night out saw them end up in a bar where Idar Kvam was the DJ.

The pair had a connection straight away and spent time together before Carrie headed back to Canada.

She decided to write to Idar to keep in touch, and penned several letters. …

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