Meanwhile in England: Bike tour pitstop at local pub

Jonathan Jørstad
Jonathan Jørstad

As with all fun and interesting stuff, time flies and it has now been a year since I embarked on the journey as trainee in Statkraft. I moved to Reading, UK, a month ago for my third rotation. I am now a part of the Forewind team that develops the largest offshore wind project in the world. Yes, the largest in the world! This really is the place to be if you are into renewables and early project development.

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Local pub in Whitchurch-on-Thames provided the hydration I needed.

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English countryside.

I bought a mountain bike on sale this spring that I used a lot in Oslo and also in Lillehammer (my home town). And I thought, what is a better way to explore the English countryside than from the saddle? Thoughts transformed to action, I brought my bike on the plane (which is not completely hassle-free, comment if you seek advice) and last week I did my first bike trip after work. I can recommend the mytrails app for Android to keep track of where you are and not get lost. After setting off from Reading city centre I went westwards on the north side of the Thames, turning back at Whitchurch-on-Thames. I realised I had forgot to bring any water and so had no other choice than having a pint at a local pub there. That’s English bike touring for you.

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Muntjac, Courtesy of

I actually only went like ten minutes out of Reading before I encountered English wildlife – a miniature kind of deer that I have never seen before. I later found out (Google is your friend) that muntjacs are a common sight today, descending from zoo escapees.

River Kennet in Reading.

Oh, and I also went to the Reading Festival a couple of weeks ago! When in Reading, why not experience the one (and only?) big event the town has to offer? There were great performances by Green Day, Eminem and lots more. The 80 000-something festival goers created quite the atmosphere.

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Team building in Norway.

I have included a picture from our recent Wind Offshore team building event in Norway, where we took on the role as vessel designers to construct boats of cardboard, tape and plastic. The lack of seaworthiness combined with the warm fjord made it just as fun as it looks.

Luckily, I have over three months left here in Reading and I am aiming at getting the most out of every day!


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