4 hours ago
Pardon my musings on my last trip while you enjoy these beautiful photos taken by @polar_adventures during our recent Northern Lights Tour.
After waking up from less than 4 hours sleep to catch our flight home to Seattle, I said a VERY sleepily say goodbye to my "fatherland" today. This trip was the most fulfilling, memorable, soul touching journey and leaving weighs heavy on my heart. Now sitting home in Seattle listening to @wardruna on vinyl, I feel a new purpose to fully understand Norwegian culture and language. While visiting Tromsø I was mistaken as a real Norwegian regularly due to my inherited facial features and complexion. As a youth, I always thought I looked Norse since I looked like my dad but this trip validated 37 years of wondering. It’s a feeling I have never experienced before in travel. I felt like I belonged. I understand myself and my family in a way I never thought possible. That connection fills me up with joy and purpose. I love you, Norway. 🇳🇴 Thank you for welcoming me home with this beautiful Aurora. This Hansen will be home again...and it won’t take another two generations to get there. #heritage #ancestry #norway #norwegianroots #tromsø #cominghome #soulfultravel #wanderlust #happytears #auroraborealis #nofilter