My first official post for this intense month will be about Norway.Some of the posts I get the most hits on are my posts about my beautiful but strange home. You can read all of the posts if you follow this link but I wanted to point out the popular ones - the ones that show the real weird stuff!
Here is a post I wrote for Girasoli but that gets the most hits on my blog: Proper Dish Washing Rules. I have even had a teacher email me and ask if I had a Power Point presentation on the topic! Another funny thing is that right now I am watching a show on TV called Whatever, Martha! Martha Stewart's daughter and her friend sit on a couch and watch her mom's shows, while commenting. It's pretty awesome - and the best thing is that as I was writing this, the show they were watching had a guest who showed Martha Stewart the proper way to wash dishes!
(The woman's name was Cheryl Mendelson and she was there to promote her book "Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House." Too funny! The daughter kept saying that this woman made Martha Stewart seem like a slob.)
Another favorite is Fresh Air Is Always Good, about how Norwegians leave their kids outside to sleep. Yeah. You could read it along with this interesting article from the New York Times: Toddler, Left Outside Restaurant, Is Returned to Her Mother, which shows how a Danish woman gets in trouble for leaving her kid outside a NYC restaurant.
And to finish it off: Fresh Air Is Always Good: Part Two. This one is about how Norwegian kids are outside ALL the time, no matter what.
A couple of more fun facts for you:
You could spend a whole summer in Norway without sweating. You can also be lucky and have nice weather. I seem to have perfected the art of coming home whenever the good weather is over. Last year I got there in mid-August and summer was over - I had to buy a jacket (I'd call it a summer jacket but that is just sad!) and I remember freezing so much every night. Three years ago I got there after a six week spell of nice, hot weather had just finished. Yeah.
We do swim in the sea. Thanks to the wonderful Gulf Stream, the water is warmer than what the latitude would dictate. Oslo, for instance, which is in the south of the country, is at 60 degrees north, but the water is warmer that you might think thanks to the Gulf Stream. It often reaches around 20 C or 67F, sometimes even a few degrees more if we are lucky.
No, I don't like the cold even though I grew up in the cold. I hate being cold and I love sun, summer, and beaches. (I get this question about every day at work.)
We technically have polar bears, but not in mainland Norway. They are on the island of Svalbard, off the northern coast. (Like, way off.)
We are not all blond! I, for instance, have that wonderful boring shade of brown that we in Norway call something like "Bureaucracy Brown."
Norway has the lowest population density of the European countries, and most people live along the coast.
Hasta mañana amigos!