Juliette and I have arrived safely in Bellingham and seem to have turned back time. Fall is in the air, whereas in Norway fall was over by mid October.
We were immediately struck by how comfortable we felt in our surroundings. Bellingham has such a strong sense of place for us. Once I wrote that I wondered what is a sense of place? According to Wikipedia "Places said to have a strong "sense of place" have a strong identity and character that is deeply felt by local inhabitants and by many visitors. Such a feeling may be derived from the natural environment, but is more often made up of a mix of natural and cultural features in the landscape, and generally includes the people who occupy the place. " We both have a strong network of friends who immediately helped us feel at home here. (It helped that the weather has been gorgeous with brilliant fall colors.)