Do you remember the first time you arrived in a foreign country? The first time you landed in a place that was not home, where everything was new – the place, the people, the language, the food.
I do. And that memory is indelible.
It was excitement, curiosity and exhilaration for me. And something about that feeling is addictive too. Every trip to a new place has left me with impressions of this world that I couldn’t have got by reading books, gazing at pictures in glossy magazines or browsing the World Wide Web.
From the never ending list of ‘places to see when I am still physically fit (and sane)’, it was Norway this summer!
11 fun (and funny) facts that would put the Norway I saw, in a nutshell:
-Most parts of this country looks just as beautiful as it does in the travel magazines
-You never have to wonder about what to eat for dinner, because it is always fish (and hey, usually you can put the pan on the stove and then go fishing somewhere close by)
-In some of the bigger cities and towns in Norway it is easier to get Chinese food than Norwegian food. And I don’t know why.
-Ordering wine in this country can lead you to bankruptcy faster than gambling can.
-Fjords are stunning, but they all look the same – the same mountain, same creek, same waterfall, and the same billy goats.
-You don’t need a guidebook to find your way, since the locals are a friendly lot and yeah, I forgot to mention, there’s only one way (and that too a single lane) between any two towns or cities.
-You will know the meaning of the word ‘astronomical’ when you pay for car parking in Oslo. (You could save on car park by simply driving around and not getting off your car and what more!? the money saved would be enough to buy back the car you rented :-))
-Some towns in this country are so small that often the address comprises a name followed by the P.O Box
-International media coverage around an untoward local incident is just hype
-It is possible to have a free sumptuous meal by simply sampling smoked sea food in a local fish market.
-Some Norwegian homes are soooo far up a mountain that in the interests of the postman, they hang their postboxes at the point where the mountain intersects a motor-able road.
Below are some pictures from this trip.
I agree, my photographs cannot capture the essence of this Scandinavian beauty, but I would still like to share them with you – for fun!