Norwegian culture

May and 17th of May.

Hi there!

Yes, I am still alive – I’ve just been busy being Norwegian, which in this case means spending time outside for all intents and purposes. You see, when the nights get lighter and longer and the sun is shining we all move outside for the season. After what feels like a 100 year long winter, it’s a blessing to the soul to feel summer upon our see-through, D-vitamin hungry skin. Even if I have to restrain myself from complaining about the heat at the moment. It’s been a month since my last post and I know I promised you a peak into my 17th of May celebration, so I will start of by doing so. The normal family person would, as I mentioned in my last post, be up at the crack of dawn getting ready for the school parade, eating ice cream, playing games and wave their flags. I on the other hand choose to go with option number 2: sleep in for a bit (which was lovely this year since it was raining in the morning) and then have to kick myself into getting dressed and be off to bubble lunch. Yes, champagne for lunch (my case: breakfast). With friends. That is what I do. It usually last for 4 hours before we move to a bar to drink some more. I took some pics to show you:

 

I captured some Russ for you too, even if they are half dead after a three week binge.

The thing about our Independence Day is that it’s pure joy. It’s the one day of year everyone just enjoy themselves. Not only was the 17th a great day, but summer came early this year. Since that day we’ve had up to 30 degrees Celsius almost every day! Can you believe? So I’ve pretty much been outside in the sun with friends, enjoying myself. I also took a very spontaneous trip to Israel, which I will post by it’s own. So you see, May has been busy. But I promise to update more often throughout the summer. Even while on holiday.

I hope your May has been as good as mine.

På gjensyn! .

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Norwegian logic

Norwegian logic: Easter

Welcome back!

To kick things off I’m starting out by introducing you to the fabulous logic of Norwegians – and lets be clear: Our logic makes no sense. Which is why you will able to bask yourself in different angles of Norwegian logic introduced to you on a monthly basis. To really understand what it means to be Norwegian one must accept and live these logical flaws. As a small and barely populated country we go about things and follow trends without asking questions – and this is why we end up with tons of logical flaws. Usually they are minor and less important, but since our politicians are Norwegian after all, we do end up with some weird laws as well. I will get back to that another time and start you off with something koselig (Norwegian word for Cozy. Adjective. A feeling of comfort, both physically and psychologically, often in a social setting). With Easter completed and spring coming there is no better topic than the logic of Norwegian Easter:

For years and years Norwegians have escaped the cities to populate the Norwegian mountaintops for Easter. Although we complain about snow for weeks in advance. The thing is.. Norwegians have got a very schizophrenic relationship with weather. Which I can assure you ranks the top of the list of subjects for small talk (whenever we do small talk). I suspect our strained relationship with snow stems from outer expectations of winter beauty and our amazing skill for skiing. Still, as an outcast Norwegian, I really have no idea why 90% of the population complaints about snow from February to April just to run for the mountaintop as soon as Easter arrive. I will admit that our Easter tradition is bound with our identity and that it does make me feel like a “typical Norwegian” when I do give in to pressure. Still, usually I would participate in Easter activities in the city instead of joining the rest of Norway in the crowded mountains. We’ve even got a word for it: “bypåske” (city Easter) – that’s how important it is to chase snow, so that they can talk about the sad bypåske-people while they ski.

As a child I was always told that going to the mountain and playing outside in the snow was healthy for me. So I put together a little map of what a healthy Easter means:

Norwegians can not have Easter without these things. Or without snow. Which we condemned for the last couple of months. This is the tradition.

That’s Norwegian logic.

På gjensyn!