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    Ice (c)age

    What can you do with ice? Drink it in a cocktail, smash it with a hammer, make fruit slushies, add it to a beauty routine, put it on the skin after an injury…walk on it! This is what Norwegians do. We, mortals, slip on it, sometimes fall and things end up differently than we have imagined. In Norway, streets and roads might get frosty as early as November. I haven’t seen this phenomenon anywhere else I used to live. Frost is just a gentle introduction to what comes after a snowfall: ice.  Norwegians love ice so much that they can’t imagine their lives without it and make sure to keep…

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    Norwegian summer

    Norwegian summer is like a moody kid – hard to please but worth the effort. Sunny and warm days are almost always conquered by dark gray skies and raindrops. On Monday you wear your bathing suit and on Tuesday – your jacket.   Norwegian summer is blond hair, red faces. Private (speed)boats cruising the sea, bringing together families and children’s laughter. Walks along the river and whispering of waterfalls.   Summertime in Norway is quiet July, closed stores, movie theatres on vacation. Nearly the whole nation goes on vacation. It’s an unwritten rule. Oslo is in full bloom and the streets are half empty.   Norwegian summer is street food…

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    The weather: ultimate ice breaker in Norwegian conversations

    Talking about the weather?! One can just check the weather forecast, no need to analyze why and how much it’s raining/snowing/shining. I thought the weather was a boring topic and only people who have nothing to say find consolation in discussing the weather. It turns out, it’s the preferred way of talking to strangers in Norway. British weather has a cult status and, I guess, talking about it has its merits. Especially in a combination with British humor. Norwegians are famously shy people. They won’t say ”Hi” to a stranger, smiles are out of the equation. ”Excuse me” and ”Sorry” are also nearly extinct species. The Nordic people may relax…

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