Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen
When I woke up in the morning it was pouring rain, or, this is more correct, it was raining sideways. The wind was so strong and the waves were huge. I thought this would be a day of work inside. I was wrong. More wind came and blowed away the rainy clouds and brought out the sun. This gave me the opportunity two take the wonderful walk along the ocean from Obrestad Lighthouse to Hå Old Vicarage (Hå Gamle Prestegård).
Walking from the lighthouse, I looked east and west, and saw waves everywhere. The strangest thing, though … no matter how close I came to the ocean, I could not smell it. The smell of agriculture was so strong it totally blocked the smell of the ocean. When the wind turned, there was no smell of agriculture at all, only of the ocean, and it kept on switching like this all the time – kind of confusing but also kind of fun.
The sound of the wind and the waves crushing into stones is very loud. The intensity of the sound of nature is like Manhattan traffic. What you see, though, is nothing like Manhattan at all. My thoughts are drifting. My urge for coffee keeps me going. More waves. More stones in the ocean. Now I notice a peculiar stone. It looks like an egg cracked in the middle. Very strange, and utterly beautiful.
After having walked slowly and captured many photos, I arrive at Hå Old Vicarage. The vicarage dates back to 1637. It was renovated in the 1980s and is now housing a café and exhibition spaces. In the café they sell local baked goods, coffee, and art. I ordered lunch and sat down. This place has a great atmosphere. I am enjoying the view, the lunch, and the wind.
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Edited by Michael Holtermann.