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    The delicious water

    by mirchica Written Feb 25, 2013

    I haven't tried anywhere else in the world more delicious water than the one in Norway.
    In Bulgaria the water is not bad but not so good and many people prefer to buy mineral or natural water from the grocery (who knows if it's really natural?!?!). The Norwegian water reminds me how as kids we were drinking the water from the village sink after we have played like a crazy....
    The Norwegian water that comes from people's sinks is sweet and delicious and does really taste! You can drink and drink and drink, people take a shower in this water. It's just so clean. Wish I have the chance to drink it everyday!

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    the pot-holes of Kristiansand

    by globetrott Written Sep 16, 2011

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    For me it always again a lot of fun to watch out for the local pot-holes, when I come to a new city. In Kristiansand they also use their own design for it, shownig the Domkirke, the townhall and another house I did not recognize.

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    Long Summer Nights and Appropriate Curtains

    by DSwede Written Jul 25, 2011

    After trying to spend the last few weeks sleeping in the long summer days of Scandinavia, I was starting to get frustrated that every hotel, hostel, cabin, etc. had curtains that barely blocked out the light.

    I had seen long days in the northern parts of Canada and Alaska before, but not for extensive periods of time, so it was starting to effect my sleep.

    It was explained by a local friend that the curtains are very thin such that the light comes in. The winters are so long and dark, that they wish to take advantage of all the light and keep it close in mind so they do not forget its warmth when the long cold dark of winter sets in.

    When followed up by questions about thicker curtains possibly being better insulators to keep heating costs down, this was dismissed by a simple reply that a couple more blankets on the bed would fix that.

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  • Farikal

    by YokuMoku Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Origin: Norway

    Farikal means mutton (far) and cabbage (kal) stew. Note the "a" should be the Norwegian "a" with a circle on top which is pronounced like the "ou" in "fought." Farikal is a very tasty dish with lamb flavour. Served best with boiled potatoes.

    1.5 kg lamb from neck, shank or breast, together with the bones, cut into serving-size pieces
    1.5 kg garden cabbage (the hard winter cabbage, not the thin summer cabbage. The summer one will be too mushy)
    2 tsp salt
    4 tsp peppercorns
    1-2 tbsp flour
    300 ml boiling water

    Cut the cabbage into segments.

    Place the lamb and cabbage in layers in the saucepan, starting with the lamb. Sprinkle flour, salt and peppercorns between the layers.

    To avoid burning, use a saucepan with a thick bottom.

    Pour over boiling water. Bring to the boil and let the lamb and cabbage simmer over low heat until the meat is tender for about 1-2 hours.

    Farikal should be served very hot on hot plates, together with plain boiled potatoes. This dish is often served with beer and aquavit. This dish tastes much better the next day because the cabbage has absorbed the lamb flavour.

    To see how this dish is prepared, go to the website below.

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    Must hear: Röyksopp

    by diocletianvs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    They are Norwegian duo coming from Tromso, growing surrounded by glacial imagery, Northern Lights and light summers. Torbjorn Brundtland and Svein Berge managed to capture the atmosphere of Norwegian landscapes in their music so well that once you hear their album Melody AM you'll just have to listen and listen all over again.

    I discovered Röyksopp when one friend gave me their CD, months after I have returned from Norway. But once their CD landed into my CD player it didn't get out of it for weeks. Their music is an excellent reminder of Norwegian landscapes, summer "nights" with almost no darkness at all, of Norwegian shyness, way of life and their way of loving.

    Fabulous atmosphere, one can listen to it on and on and always find new details to enjoy.

    And get addicted to it.
    Oh yes, you can get Röyksopp addicted very easy.

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    Molde and all that Jazz

    by globetrott Updated Feb 19, 2011

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    Molde is not only a great place to go for an excellent panorama of the sea surrounded by hundreds of mountains, but Molde is also very well known as the City of Roses and even more as the "city of Jazz" : They have a regular Jazz-festival and in the port you will find this monument of a Jazz-player with a part of the great panorama that Molde is famous for.

    This is the program for the Jazz-festival in Molde
    and it includes also the weather-forecast

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    Meet the trolls of Norway

    by globetrott Updated Feb 17, 2011

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    Trolls are nice creatures that you will find in many places of Scandinavia and one of them is waiting for you inside the Nordkapphallen, posing patiently for the tourists photos like in my main photo.
    Trolls are living out in the woods and they are a lot smaller than the one here in my photos. The best place to meet the trolls are the souvenirshops all over Norway, and there are also lots of troll-books and stories for children about trolls.
    Trollstiegen (the steps for the trolls) is a famous mountain-passroad close to Geiranger !

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    throw the money into that bomb-shell

    by globetrott Updated Jun 22, 2010

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    This old bomb-shell or sea-mine is used nowadays for collecting the entrance-fee for the museum of the fortress, you simply thrown in your money there before you enter the fortress through the main gate, that is really a funny way to save the money that a real ticket-office with employees would normally cost !

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    There are some lockers in the Hurtigruten-station

    by globetrott Updated May 11, 2010

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    Inside the Hurtigruten-terminal you will find a few automatic lockers like shown in my photo. I dont think that this building is open day and night, but they have a souvenir- and newspapershop there as well, so they will certainly by open most of the day and then untill the last depariure of the hurtigruten-ship.

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    Molde and all that Jazz

    by globetrott Updated May 11, 2010

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    Molde is also known as the city of Jazz : They have a regular Jazz-festival and in the port you will find this monument of a Jazz-player.
    This is the program for the Jazz-festival
    Molde 2010
    and it includes also the weather-forecast

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    a hell of a mailbox

    by globetrott Updated Sep 30, 2009

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    Watch out for the fancy mailboxes in Hell, some of them are beautifully decorated like the one with the Troll in my main photograph. Generally these postboxes are standing in the beginning of a street or housing-area and so the postman does not have to drive to each house seperately, when delivering the mail. Also the hell-hound in my 2nd photo looks interesting,I saw both of them close to the station.

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    Go to hell, you lazy devils at Hell's postoffice !

    by globetrott Updated Sep 28, 2009

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    Go to hell, you lazy devils at Hell's postoffice !!!
    It took me quite some time to find nice postcards from Hell, place stamps on them and write messages to several of my friends at home who would have been happy to get a postcard with the cancellation-postmark of Hell. But all postcards got to Austria without any cancellation of the stamp, but in the bottom of the postcard there are a lot of red prints like a bar-code !
    b.t.w.:The inscription at the postbox is saying that the mailbox will be emptied once every day.
    My conclusion for you : Buy your postcards in Trondheim or in Flam, where I had bought mine well in advance and send them from any post-office in Norway, it is absolutely not worth the trouble to take them to Hell and post them there !
    Take a look at the postcard in my 1st pic, almost all postcards of Norway will include a map with the location marked on it, where that village/town is situated.

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    Arctic Circle Ceremony

    by travelfrosch Updated Aug 20, 2009

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    On our second night on the Hurtigruten coastal steamer, we were able to attend a special maritime ceremony commemorating our crossing of the Arctic Circle. Truth be told, we boarded the boat after the ship crossed the Arctic Circle (we'd actually crossed it while we were on the train from Uppsala to Abisko several days earlier), but we figured we were entitled anyway... ;)

    The ceremony itself is lots of fun, with King Neptune presiding. You have to come up to King Neptune, shake his hand, and have an ice cube dumped down your back. After this initiation, you receive a "Polar Circle Certificate" and a drink of schnapps. Good fun!

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    Norway liquor giving

    by Stargazer1 Written Feb 26, 2009

    Yeah, liquor in particular is quite expensive in Norway. That's why every time I visit, I make sure to buy a couple of extra bottles at the duty-free shops in Schiphol or other airport first. The Norwegians really appreciate it, and it has guaranteed a full attendance at each of my presentations there (suggested by my previous boss, who used to be an ex-pat there for a few years). When I'm not presenting, I give them to friends. When they visit, you'll be sure to have reciprocation. It's a great way to increase your network.

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    Vorspiels & nachspiels

    by Maria_75 Written Sep 8, 2007

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    I have many non-norwegian friends who thinks that the vorspiels and nachspiels are a very strange tradition. I have never actually thought about it before they mentioned it - but as it is a very normal custom in Norway I thought I might write a bit about it.

    Having a vorspiel is very normal in Norway, nachspiels too - but maybe not as often. I'm not quite sure how it started, but many say it started because it's so expencive to go out here, so it's better to drink something at home before you go out. Others say it's because norwegians are so shy and cold that they have to drink a bit before they can go out and have fun...

    Many times when you are going out with your friends, you all meet in the house of someone to drink and have fun before going out. Everyone brings their own drinks. Because it's so expencive most people can't afford buying drinks for everyone that is coming. So if you are invited to someone; bring what you want to drink. Normally the people who have the vorspiel don't expect a present, but some people bring along a bag of potatochips or something. If they serve drinks or food it's nice to give them a bottle of wine.

    Around midnight most people call for a maxi-taxi and head for the city. Other times people have so much fun that they just stay there instead. This is a good way of saving money, and also avoiding the neverending discussions about where to go as most people want to go to different places... ;)

    Nachspiels are for the people who don't want to go home when all the places are closed. Most of the time they head back to the place of the vorspiel to finish off the rest of the drinks. Nachspiels tends to don't be as much fun as the vorspiels, as many people are very drunk and tired at this point. But it can also be a lot of fun. Sometimes nachspiels can even last so long that it turns into a vorspiel again, but that's a different story... ;)

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