Tuesday, March 1, 2011
A few notes on the Norwegian Culture
First of all I always knew that Norway was a country full of pride and nordic super fans, but until World Championships started I don’t think I realized just how into skiing they are. With crowds between 50,000 and 70,000 race days have been nothing short of amazing.
So, yes they love skiing, but what else?
-They love waffles, and brown cheese.
-There are ski trails everywhere- probably partly due to how deeply rooted in nordic culture they are, but around the Oslo area alone there are over 2000km of ski trails.
It’s not uncommon to see sights like this in urban areas...
Or a dude like this getting on a city bus or train...
Or a dude like this plowing his driveway...
-They love wool sweaters- and really anything wool.
And climbing trees I guess...
-Bjorgen and Northug are essentially rock stars, appearing in news papers daily every month of the year, and in the gossip rags that you find at the grocery store checkout.
-A sweet Sunday outing includes packing a backpack full of beer, sausages, reindeer hides, Norwegian flags, and chocolate, strapping on the cross country skis and trudging many kilometers.
Notice the flatscreens, this is out in the bush-waaay out.
-They built a sweet ski jump.
Sweet ski jump floating on the top of the holmenkollen hill.
-They like art that airs on the erotic side of the spectrum.
They are into skiing-all in, and the atmosphere on race day is something that can’t be matched anywhere else in the world of nordic skiing.
Oh, and they have a bit of a rivalry with the swedes.
Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to Dad for the photos :)