Pain and Suffering

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

A potential business partner invited me to his hytte

We woke up on the Saturday morning

His kids were sitting on the sofa 

and they were laughing at me 

They had been spared for the day

It was in late october

10C outside

Raining and windy 

And it was time for "morgenbad"


His wife jumped in first

He jumped in

I had no choice

In Norway

Trust and respect is built through pain and suffering

It sometime seems like Norwegians actually enjoy pain

That it is not sufferance

That it is enjoyment

Walking hours in freezing rain and wind

Rolling in the snow naked

Jumping into cold fjords

Makes the hytte and the utedo seem so much more comfortable

And it provides a boost to your social status on Monday morning at work


Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"


By Julien S. Bourrelle

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