Fogdegården Borten

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Trondheim, Norway

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A vacation for the soul Oct 15, 2011
We all need to relax sometimes. Some people need to relax their bodies in order to think; they go to spa weekends or convent retreats or maybe meditate a bit. For those of us whose minds are always cluttered and running at high speed, however, sitting still only gives us more time to let the mental faculties run away from us. We need a different sort of relaxation: work. Real, productive, physical work which makes you feel as if you're actually accomplishing something; as if you're doing something worthwhile. And this is what I found at Fogdegården Borten.

The buildings themselves are all part of the old farm; a big farm house, a barn, a stabbur (traditional Norwegian storage building) and a guest house. The bedrooms are particularly lovely. The stabbur has been modestly remodelled into sleeping quarters for the travelling farm hands that frequent the Fogdegården; this is a fantastic way to see a very special part of Norway (my native country), namely Trondheim and the surrounding area. The "deal" is that you live and work on the farm; you receive no salary but you pay nothing for accommodations and food, either, and you have two days off each week that you may use as you see fit.

I spent only one night and day here, as I was passing by on a hike along the old pilgrim trails and headed for Trondheim city. But the very second I entered the house, I felt an indescribable sense of peace and well-being, compounded with every hour I spent there. The "landlady", Merete, had made dinner for myself and the two German boys who were staying there (part of the farm hand arrangement I mentioned), and we all ate together around the kitchen table. We stayed up talking for a little while, and Merete overwhelmed me with the welcoming philosophy of her life and the way she runs the farm.

The next day I had breakfast and was about to leave, when Merete told the German boys what they would be doing on the farm that day. I wanted to join in, I wanted to help out. So I asked if I might help with the morning chores. I got to feed the rabbits, prepare the food for the piglets, carry water and sort plastic from paper from unwrapping the pigs' feed. When it was time for mid-morning tea I was hesitant to leave; I wanted to stay and work for a few weeks. I hope I can come back next spring, and in the autumn vacation after that, to help an amazing woman run an amazing place. Because I believe this is how the modern (wo)man achieves peace of mind: by actually doing something worthwhile. And the Fogdegården Borten is utterly worthwhile.
The main house (right), the stabbu…
Kittens were literally gambolling …
The area surrounding the farm is t…
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