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Anniversary Photo Walk

To celebrate our anniversary this year, we decided we would FINALLY give ourselves a new camera. Both of our ancient point-n-shoots were in various stages of crippling electronic senility, and we had been resorting to documenting significant portions of our life with our smart dumbphone cameras and my iPad. (And yes, I fit riiiight in with the Asain tourist sterotype.) Oh, and on really special occasions, hauling around the decade-old clunky work camera that felt like a 5 pound stone hanging around your neck.

After hours of research, Chris finally settled on the Canon 6D. We decided this back in January and put away a little each month to be able to buy it in August in time for our anniversary. We made it just in time, but unfortunately the package wouldn't ship to our APO address so we had to wait for my parents to bring it. Total bummer!

Chris surprised me on our anniversary day, however, by borrowing the Canon 7D from work for the evening so we could still play around with it and learn the ropes. We took it out on a photowalk and switched off documenting bits of the islands surrounding Stavanger while Chris taught me how to use all the new fancy settings.

Photo by Chelsea

Photo by Chelsea

Photo by Chris

It was really interesting to see what each of us was drawn to photograph. We could be looking at the exact same thing and one person would find it inspiring and create a beautiful image out of it while the other would have just passed it by. It was a fun way to get to know eachother!

Photo by Chris

Photo by Chelsea

Photo by Chelsea

Photo by Chris

Photo by Chelsea

As we were walking, Chris gave me the challenge to photograph something ugly and make it beautiful.
This was my winning photo:

Photo by Chelsea

Photo by Chris

Photo by Chris

Photo by Chris

Photo by Chris

Photo by Chris

Photo by Chris

Photo by Chelsea

Photo by Chelsea

When we got home, we celebrated with homemade Cafe Rio burritos COMPLETE with homemade tortillas :) I'm getting closer and closer to perfecting the copycat recipe!

Here's to many more years of awesome!

 

Kayaking

Once we got bit by the sailing bug, we couldn’t wait to get back out in the fjords. Since we couldn’t take out the sailboat on our own, we opted to take up kayaking instead. Chris has been before, but this was my first time. We can’t wait to take what we learned and get back out as much as we can this summer!

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Gladmat and the Tall Ship Races

After I got back from my three-week trip home to the US, Chris and I had one full day together before I started a temporary 2-week job working at an ice cream booth during Gladmat (translated: “Happy Food” aka Stavanger’s yearly food festival) and the Tall Ship Races. Gladmat was fun…lots of new food and restaurants and such, but the Tall Ship Races were where it was at!

The Tall Ship Races are a big European sailboat race, this year from Ireland to Sweden. The race is done in 3 legs with 3 or 4 day stopovers after each one. One of the stopovers was in Stavanger this year (the last time they stopped here was in 2004).

In the weeks leading up to the race, all we heard was “Oh, it’s a big sailboat race.”

Cool, we thought. We’ll see a bunch of these in the harbor this week:

No.
We got these:

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And these:

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And these!

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Holy epic week! The whole harbor was packed with huge old and new sailing ships 3 deep. It was AMAZING! For the entire week I sat in my booth making smoothies and watching the ships come into the harbor dreaming of becoming a sailor (read: pirate) and seriously contemplating sailing off to sea at the prow of one of these ships.

 

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Flags.

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Rockin’ the smoothie booth.

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Taking a break from work to explore the ships.

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Tweet tweet tweet. Status update. Blog!

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Enjoying the live music performances.

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Closing ceremonies.

It’s really too bad this doesn’t happen every year!

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