DAY 38(May 31)
Now we are sitting here in the Bodø airport waiting to go back to Oslo. I drew Fehu this morning. Yesterday I had a chance to get all caught up on the runes I am carving in my drinking horn, I’m happy about that. I truly love this area of Norway; The landscape, the air, the water, and the people, I really like it here.
I think tomorrow we actually get a day off, it will be nice to relax a bit before the next episode starts. While I was at Kjerringøy I had an opportunity to meet David Berner and Eric Williams the inventors of the show, they wrote the original show that it is all based on. I had several great conversations with both of them, I seem to have things in common with both of them even though they are different people. I look forward to corresponding with them after the show is over.
I am closer now than ever before to meeting my relatives in Norway…only four more episodes.
The Gods and the ancestors are with me always; yesterday I went to the end of the pier at Kjerringøy, I said a prayer of thanks to the Gods, ancestors, and landavette. When I finished I looked up in the sky and there the clouds had formed a perfect, great, eye, and it was looking right at me. I took it to be the eye of Odin letting me know I am being looked after, I took a picture of it and it turned out great. I think I will blow it up to hang on my wall at home as a constant reminder that I am never alone.
DAY 39(June 1)
This morning I woke up in Oslo and drew Raidho, perhaps that means I should get up and walk around, explore the city while I have a chance. So far today all I have done is eat frokost and lay in the bed doing absolutely nothing, just enjoying the solitude, my own thoughts. I watched a Norwegian fishing show for about a half hour; there were about 20 guys fishing in a river, during the entire time I watched it not one fish was caught…riveting television, lol.
I have been thinking a lot about being here, on this show. I believe I have so far accomplished my goal of being myself, being true to who I am and what I believe in the big picture. I’m proud of myself for that.
Sometimes, with the other contestants I feel like an old man with all these young kids around, sometimes I feel like their older brother, their uncle, sometimes their dad. I don’t really feel old most of the time though, because I’m not old, most of the time I just feel like Alf.
Episode 7 starts tomorrow, it is here, somewhere in or around Oslo somewhere. We have no idea what the theme is or what we will be doing…all I know is that I need to prevail, Gods willing, that is my plan.
I am very curious how I will be received by the Norwegian people when the show aires. I honestly have no idea how it will go and there is really no way to speculate. I am just me; Alf Herigstad, a big bald guy with a crazy beard and a religion many have not ever heard of. It would be very unfortunate if the people of Norway don’t like me, I think that would hurt my feelings…because, well, it just would. But I wouldn’t be anyone else even if I knew how to…I will just have to wait and see.