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Wordless Wednesday – Fireworks on sale

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday – Poinsettia

Wordless Wednesday – Known as julestjerne (“Christmas star”) in Norwegian

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Wordless Wednesday – Lit II

Wordless Wednesday

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The "food packet"

Norway has a unique feature in its culture, and with it, a unique word: Matpakke. The word literally means “food package” and is the traditional Norwegian work lunch. Norwegians have traditionally had four meals a day – breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper – of which three are made up of very plain, open-faced sandwiches. Only […]

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Halloween: It lost something in translation

I can barely remember childhood Christmases or Easters. One Christmas stands out because it was the last before I moved to Norway at age 8; one Easter stands out because we ended up spending the day in the ER getting stitches put into my sister’s forehead. The holiday I remember best is Halloween. I always […]

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Meat market and other memories

Wednesday’s photo was taken from a bus stop at one of Bergen’s main intersections, between our historic, Hanseatic wharf “Bryggen” and our open-air fish market. In the comments, Alice asked me what the building in the middle was, and this was my reply: The building in the middle with the stepped gable used to be […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Skolebolle

Wordless Wednesday – a Norwegian Danish

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Planning to be green

Normally, I have a plan, a desire for what I want in the new year. Not this time. This past new year’s eve, I watched TV, surfed the ‘net, enjoyed the fireworks my neighbors set off. I did not light candles to meditate to, write myself a letter, sum up the last year and think […]

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Jack-o’-lanterns

I have not been a frequent poster to this blog lately, and so decided it was about time to post again. I’m not done with my Dresden/Berlin trip yet, and started looking at photos for the next installment. It was harvest time in the ol’ DDR when we were there, and ripe grains, fruits and […]

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Meet Martin Luther

I do have more to tell – or show, really – from Dresden and the rest of my trip. I just sort of have to figure out how to pare down all the photos. And figure out what to say. The truth is that I have some gorgeous photos from Dresden – and nothing to […]

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Somewhere in the Norwegian Alps

It is Day 4 of my trip to (and from) Trondheim, and we set off in a westerly direction. Our destination is what Norwegians call the north-west coast. Let me give you a regional geography lesson by stealing a picture from Wikipedia: First of all, most of Norway is “west coast”, but we don’t call […]

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Bonfire preparations

Midsummer’s Eve is on a Monday this year, so it’ll be a short evening. But it’ll be a big bonfire. I walked by the spot where five neighboring co-ops build their bonfire and they’ve collected a heap of wire spools. Basically, it’s light a fire and eat a hot dog. As a kid, finding the […]

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Constitution Day and oystercatchers

I went digging through the archives and apparently, I’m more fascinated with oystercatchers having sex sitting on eggs than I am Norway’s Constitution Day. It’s a day of sack races, balloons, ice cream, hot dogs, throwing up in the bushes only to go right back for another ice cream, and forced to do all that […]

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Priorities

Norway’s largest labor organization, LO, has many member unions. Some of them organize airport employees. And some of those employees went on strike today at 8:00 am, closing five airports including ours in Bergen (BGO). It’s rather interesting to hear what sort of emergency solutions people and airlines come up with. The airlines did not […]

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Flag use, here and there

After our 6K walk, the girls and I talked over pizza. One said that a friend of hers, who now lives in Florida, was shocked at American nationalism, with all its flag-waving. So I tried to set her straight. I told her that it took a lot more to make me start thinking of out-of-control […]

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Wagtail prediction

One sign of spring around here is the return of the migratory bird, the white wagtail. It’s a pretty common sight here in the summer, and it has a striking monochrome coloring, and that characteristic and cute flipping of the tail that gives it its English name. In Norwegian, it’s called “linerle”. There is a […]

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Corrections

I am one of those people who loves the Chinese symbol for “crisis”: A combination of the symbols for “danger” and “opportuntity”. Except that it doesn’t exist. Via Hanzi Smatter, a blog “dedicated to the misuse of Chinese characters in western culture” – sometimes hilariously – I have come across an essay by Victor H. […]

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Skiing – it helps to have a sense of humor

Everyone has heard of Norwegians and their skis. How they invented this mode of transportation by basically noting, “Hey, that was good beer! And I’ll bet I can glide down this slope with planks on my feet!” OK, maybe not the beer part. Well, maybe very much the beer part. But the next part was, […]

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Laundry

The last municipality in Norway to get electricity was Røldal, on March 22, 1958. Our local radio station interviewed a number of elderly Røldal residents about what it was like to get “current” (“strøm”), which is the colloquial Norwegian for electricity. One woman described trying to get used to cooking with an electric stove. Baking […]

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A couple of Norwegian oddities (for Victoria)

Victoria is a fellow expatriate who has just gotten a new puppy and is about to experience her first Easter in Norway. She posted about that and since I know something about the matter(s), chose to reply here, rather than fill up her comments. I am fairly familiar with the weirdness that is the Norwegian […]