Henrik Ibsen, a Norwegian playwright, lived in Bergen for a few years where he wrote, directed and produced plays You can see a rather creepy statue of him by Nils Raa (1981) in front of the National Theater. I'm not terribly familiar with his work although I recognize some of the names-"A Doll's House", "Peer Gynt" and "Hedda Gabler". The only one of this plays that I remember seeing is "Brand", a rather grim tragedy that I slogged through thanks to Ralph Fiennes.
It is said of the Bergensers that they are born with Wellies on their feet.
It might be true actually. I have never before been to a place where rubber boots were actually an item of fashion and available not only in all colours and sizes but also as ankle, knee-high, girly, flower-power, posh, traditional and even hiking shoes! I've even seen some high-heeled ones!!! Just as umbrellas and raincoats, rubber boots are available all over the town. You canactually make a fashion statement by keeping you feet dry!
And sensible it is, just as well...
When I go somewhere, I am always interested to learn more about that place's famous people - those who were born, lived, worked, or died there. And here’s the second part of the names list I'd like to mention in connection with Bergen:
- Johan Ludwig Mowinckel, prime minister during the 1920s and '30s;
- Absalon Pedersson Beyer, Lutheran humanist scholar;
- Karsten Solheim, the famous golf-equipment designer;
- Amalie Skram, the novelist;
- Johan Welhaven, poet and critic;
- Nordahl Brun Grieg, lyric poet, dramatist, and novelist;
- Bjornstjerne Martinius Bjornson., poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, editor, public speaker, and theatre director;
- Henrik Ibsen, the playwright.
When I go somewhere, I am always interested to learn more about that placeýs famous people - those who were born, lived, worked, or died there. And hereýs the first part of the names list Iýd like to mention in connection with Bergen:
- Edvard Grieg, the composer;
- Ole Bull, the violinist;
- Johan Christian Dahl, the landscape painter;
- Ludvig Holberg, the dramatist;
- Bjorn Helland-Hansen, the father of the modern Norwegian oceanography;
- Johan Nordahl Brun, poet, dramatist, bishop, and politician;
- Vilhelm Bjerknes, meteorologist and physicist, one of the founders of the modern science of weather forecasting;
- Christian Michelsen, statesman and prime Minister, who proclaimed Norwayýs independence from Sweden
Many of them speak English very well. They really didn't seem to be fazed at seeing many African-Americans touring around there. Just because the country is Norway, doesn't mean that there is only one culture or one race of people.
As the sun is not so often shines here, immediately when there is some sunshine the local people will be there outside to catch some warmth and suntan.