Do you remember the last royal visit to Tromso at the National Ski Championship? That time I only got to see the King from afar but well this time around, I saw the King and Queen from close up - yep, just a normal weekend in Norway.
Midnight Sun Marathon
No seriously, this weekend the Midnight Sun Marathon took place in town which typically June in the Arctic, should rather be called Midnight Rain Marathon.
Anyways, the Royal Family of Norway came to Tromso to open the marathon and there was quite the party going on in town.
After Simon and I had a graduation/house warming party at our flat on Friday night, we didn't quite look forward to a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon in town with triple as many people around as usual.
The German group of tourists arriving 2 minutes before the King and Queen were due to arrive and pushing their way next to us to get some good shots kinda reassured us that it was an incredibly bad idea to spend that day in town.
There's just something about German tourists that makes me cringe whenever I meet them. Might be because of those people that almost smashed my camera equipment during the Reindeer Race at Sami National Day.
Might be because of the group this weekend who in all earnesty complained about the Queen wearing a red coat and standing in front of a red poster. "Now we can't take any pictures of her - so stupid" - oh well...
Sami Electro Pop
Anyway, we did have quite a nice day as soon as those people were gone.
You see, the Midnight Sun Marathon is always a big happening in town and it was extra special this year with the Royals being around.
The market square was transformed to a concert stage and the Sami Electro Pop artist Agy performed for the King and Queen while free drinks and food were handed out to everyone around.
The concert was free and even though the Royals were watching the concert with everyone else right on the market square, only isolated by a few barriers, there weren't even any security checks.
I'll forever be amazed by the lack of security at these events. It was the same when I saw the Crown Princess of Sweden and the King and Queen of Denmark - Scandinavian Royals are all about being close to the public and down to earth.
Although I have to admit, it felt really weird to see them sitting there on this little podium protected from the rain while people took pictures and were waving at them like they are some animals in the zoo.
They didn't seem to mind at all though and happily waved at every child and smiled at every camera, including mine. You have no idea how uncomfortable that made me feel though.
Here I was trying to sneakily take a close up picture of them and then the Queen notices me and smiles - ahhhh!!!
An unusal evening
They left town before the half and full marathon started though after having given the starting signal for the children's run.
We watched their ship making their way down South again and looked forward to a quiet Taco evening at home.
Well, that didn't work...
We knew that the marathon would take place on the mainland too but didn't know that it would go past our house!
So by 9pm we were hearing the usual cheering nouse of the Norwegians (heia heia heia) and it took us a minute to figure out that this was actually happening.
But hey, it was pretty cool to watch the marathon from our backyard and not having to spent more time in the city centre, haha.
What are some special events taking place in your town?
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