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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Filling the Bucket, Day 4 - On-Board the Viking Star

On the Norwegian fjords

Beautiful.  In a single word, beautiful.

The above describes the time in Eidfjord, Norway.  This is simply the most beautiful place I have ever been to in all of my life.  Rather than try to describe what I saw, I'm just going to share some pictures.

I probably took 71 pictures today, which for me is a lot.  Unfortunately, there is a limit to what I can put in a single posting.  None of them can adequately describe this place though so the above will have to do for now.

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A few other observations from the past few days:

  • Hamburgers.  Putting kernels of corn on your hamburger is a thing in Norway.  I kid you not.  I ordered a cheeseburger, sans the cheese (which I always do, as I've learned I can't say "please give me a hamburger" because cheese is practically assumed), but I forgot to tell them to also take off the corn kernels.  We're talking straight from the Green Giant corn kernels.
  • Roof Maintenance.  Something else that's a thing in Norway?  Goats of your roof.  Why goats?  Well, apparently using a lawnmower on your grass-seeded roof is a bad idea.
  • Norwegian vs. Swedish.  I asked a tour guide how the Norwegian and Swedish languages differ.  She said they were very similar, akin to the differences between English as spoken in the United States vs. the U.K.  She did say though that, according to most Norwegians, Swedes speak as if they have a hot potato in their mouths.  Not sure if that's a compliment or insult.  
  • Norwegian Rednecks.  There is an actual show called Norwegian Rednecks.  I kid you not.  Sadly, I don't think I'll be able to visit a Norwegian Walmart to meet some of these folks in person.

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