Differences challenge assumptions.
I take for granted living in the US, but every time we get to Norway I realize how different our worlds are. Different is not necessarily bad...it's just different and it's either something you like or you don't.
For instance as soon as we land in Oslo, one of the first things we do (after clearing), is go to the restroom. Shock! It is super tiny compared to here in the USA. It's not like one does not adapt, it's just after being used to big spaces it takes a little time to get used to smaller spaces. Even Arvid always says that one of the things he loves about the US is the openness and space.
No question about it, Norway is beautiful with its gorgeous mountains and Fjords. Some of my most favorite times have been when we went to the mountains with their forever views. Breathtaking is all I can say!
We once visited some friends in Norway and they live in a place call Ål. As you can see from the picture above, the views are amazing.
One of my best times ever in Norway was at their home enjoying this amazing view. It takes a few days to get used to being in another country. Especially one where you do not understand the language. The good thing is that most Norwegians speak English so that is really helpful.
Here in the US when you order a soda or coffee, in most places you have unlimited refills. Not so in Norway. You pay for each refill. Maybe this is good I don't know. The food portions for one are tiny. This is probably good also. Norwegians are much slimmer than Americans.
I have been going to Norway for over 10 years now. I have met some very nice people and have come to look forward to seeing and doing a few of my favorite things every year. For starters, a few sweaters are always a must. For some reason I find their sweaters to fit so much better. For starters the sleeves are long enough to cover my entire arm.
We always have a good time with family and friends, but for me the happiest day is the day we leave and head back home to the USA and Brutus....Home is always best and home is the USA and Brutus:)
Every man's ability may be strengthened or increased by culture...
Home is the nicest word there is, home is where Brutus is...
until next time...