Sunday, August 17th, 2014
In 2011, we were able to visit Wales and see the town where Jayma’s grandparents lived before they came to America. Since we knew we would be in Finland this summer, Tom assessed the possibility of visiting Norway, where his mother’s ancestors lived before they moved to Wisconsin to farm. Unfortunately, Norway is one of the most expensive countries to visit. After some research, we decided that the most economical way to see Norway was by cruise ship – especially since Costa Cruises was letting kids cruise free!
The highlight of the trip was experiencing traveling through some of Norway’s fjords.
Jayla perused numerous travel literature about Norway before our trip. Since we were interested in why our ancestors chose to come to America, the Leprosy Museum in Bergen caught our eye. There, we learned that as much as 3% of the population of Norway had leprosy in the 19th century. Suspected contributing factors were poor nutrition (mostly dried cod), sanitary conditions (only one or two baths a year), and lack of knowledge (until 1874, people believed the disease was hereditary, and not contagious).
Elysianne lost a tooth!
Having ice cream every night at dinner.
Getting to be roomies!