Friday, January 04, 2008

oh how very very t rue, and a bit scary t oo.

I recieved this email from my friend Hanna, and it is a bit scary how true it is.

You know you have been too long in Norway when... start believe that if it wasn't for Norway's efforts the world would collapse. only buy your own drink at the bar even when you are with a  group of people. can't remember when to say "please" and "excuse me". always prepare to catch the closing door if following closely  behind somebody.

....a stranger on the street smiles at you, you assume that:
a) he is drunk
b) insane
c) American
d) all of the above

....silence is fun. use "Mmmm" as conversation filler. actually believe that there is no such thing as bad weather,  only bad clothing. know Norway's results in the last three years in the "Melodi  Grand Prix" song contest. seems nice to spend a week in a small wooden cottage up in the mountains, with no running water and no electricity. know at least five different words for describing different  kinds of snow. outside temperature of 9 degrees Celsius ( 45F ) is mild in mid  June. know the difference between Blue and Red ski wax. don't fall over when walking on ice. associate Friday afternoon with a trip to the Government liquor store. think nothing of paying $50 for a bottle of 'cheap' spirits at Vinmonopolet ("the wine monopoly").'s acceptable to eat lunch at 11.00 and dinner at 15.00. no longer seems excessive to spend $100 on drinks one night. know that "religious holiday" means "let's get pissed". find yourself more interested in the alcohol content than in  the name of the wine. enjoy the taste of lutefisk (jelly-like, bad-smelling fish). like to wrap your hotdog in a cold pancake. associate warm rice porridge with Saturday and Xmas-eve. can prepare fish in five different ways without cooking it. wear sandals with socks.

....your wardrobe no longer has suits but blue shirts and mustard  coloured sportjackets. don't look twice at business men in dark suits wearing sport socks. feels natural to wear sport clothes and backpack in the cinema  (as well as everywhere else.) find yourself speaking halfway Swedish with Swedes. can't understand why foreigners haven't heard about Bjorn  Daehlie.


Routines are alright, I guess. I just don't want them every day.

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