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    Harro all Norwegian (ladies) and gentlemen :
    I post this here for want of a suitable thread, short of going into the "Chit-Chat" zone.
    I simply want to relate a Norwegian experience of mine and to ask a question afterwards, though not necessarily related.

    A few years ago, while on a road trip in this beautiful country, I stopped by a fishmonger who also has a cooked food counter offering hot soup and delicious sea-food bits
    for dinner ( mid day meal at 10:30 am ) At the counter, I spotted some non-white meat that looked like liver to me, and I asked about the price. With gestures, the young man indicated the chalk-board price list above his head. (see picture 1: and this :
    ).
    We had language difficulty, but he soon sketched on a piece of wrapping paper : a silhouetted submarine-like creature with a spout. He also thought that I was Japanese. That was my first Narvik experience in cultural difference and similarities. I had some white fisk-soup and bread, and did not buy anything else.
    A week later, still along the E6, in a much bigger town, in a swanky hotel for buffet lunch, I had taken a plateful, with less fish contents for a change. My travelling companion casually asked me if I had like the hval-dish. I mumbled something about not knowing what was what.
    Still this story reminded me of a few girl friends that I left behind in Norway. And so here is the first question:
    Who was the creator of this : [picture 3] and this : [picture 4] http://<br /> the Trondheim lady.I a....jpg&#91;/IMG]



    So, excuse me if I had been politically or culturally inappropriate. Still going through my old photos .........

    Best wishes from Singapore,
    mike.

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      Ah, I’ve seen that seated woman sculpture in Tromsø, and also in Narvik I think, but I can’t immediately recollect the name or that of the sculptor.

      The Trondheim lady in picture 4 is a sculpture by Tone Thiis Schjetne. It's called Go dagen as in saying Good day, and is said to depict a housemaid who when she was out buying vegetables in the market always said good day to everyone she passed!

      Your last picture (with the seagull!) is a favourite of mine at Ravnkloa in Trondheim, and is called Den Siste Viking - The Last Viking - which is the title of a novel by Johan Bojer which inspired the sculptor Nils Aas.

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        I can cofirm that the scuplture from Trondheim city square, the "God Dagen" shopping lady.... she was somewhat a local legend in town, for her correctness and politeness. No matter who you were and what you wore, she would greet everybody with "god-dagen" (more or less "good day to you").
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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          Discussed more times than we have fingers and toes, the Norwegian prison is like a 3-4 star hotel....

          http://www.tu.no/artikler/bildeserie...fengsel/235527

          Compared to the hell of for example Filipino prisons:

          http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/fi...el/a/23753713/

          (Several images in both links)
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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            Don't trust blindly on Google Maps, or the GPS navigator in your car. There are regular reports of Trailers getting onto narrow dirt roads, or Trollstigen and tourists lost in the wilderness of Finnmark etc.
            Here is the latest example: http://www.vg.no/forbruker/reise/rei...or/a/23987897/

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              Maybe you know that being a prisoner in Norway is not supposed to be a punishment but a part of your education and to make you a better person.
              In Aalesund town prison this apparently doesn't work entirely to plan. People get sick from the crummy conditions they are offered: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2017/06/18...ick_articles=1
              Don't tell an American that the picture is of a prison cell. He would most likely protest and think it is a holiday camp.

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                I saw only the photo in the link, but the rest is behind a pay-to-read wall which is now becoming more and more common for newspapers online (sadly).
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                  I had heard of "Kongsvegen", but didn't know much about it. If you are the same, here is some info: http://www.smp.no/reise/Denne-norske...er-10116b.html

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                    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                    I had heard of "Kongsvegen", but didn't know much about it. If you are the same, here is some info: http://www.smp.no/reise/Denne-norske...er-10116b.html
                    One more thing - one more place added to the list over places I want to see and experience!
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                      Summer in Norway: https://www.vgtv.no/video/160154/skr...ertet-i-halsen
                      This could have been put in the Darwin Award thread.

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                        Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                        Summer in Norway: https://www.vgtv.no/video/160154/skr...ertet-i-halsen
                        This could have been put in the Darwin Award thread.
                        I don't care it's blowing, I don't care the red flashing lights - when I want to go, I go! LOL
                        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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                          This is gromsöy bridge. We passed her today at 20-30 m/s wind and yellow lights. Lofotposten was stalking with camera hoping for a new video. The bridge was closed about an hour before.
                          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                            Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
                            This is gromsöy bridge. We passed her today at 20-30 m/s wind and yellow lights. Lofotposten was stalking with camera hoping for a new video. The bridge was closed about an hour before.
                            Glad you didn't blow all over the place! Remember, safety first!
                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                              Ralf__ commented
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                              We watched out a while and buses, trucks and caravans passed without problems. Wind was decrasing and lofotposten was packing.

                            Who said nothing is for free??: https://www.vg.no/reise/i/8wkAKG/her...re-helt-gratis

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                              Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                              There was a link in that article well worth saving for later:

                              https://www.statskog.no/hytter-og-fr...oier-og-aremal
                              Opplevelsene venter på deg. Våre hytter og åpne buer er perfekte utgangspunkt for å nyte verdens beste natur. Her finner du en oversikt over tilbudene våre. Bruk kart, søk eller filter for å komme nærmere tilbudene du er ute etter.
                              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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