Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"
The first year I was in Norway
I meet a beautiful Norwegian girl
She came from a place so remote that the Sun did not rise from November to January
She was from Nord-Norge
I was invited to her family for Christmas
I was looking forward to connecting with the family with long conversations around the fireplace, making food and enjoying long dinners
First morning 7h00...
The father knocks on our door
it was time to eat breakfast
When we were done eating we were asked to put the leftovers in small bags
The father said
"Let us go Cross-country skiing"
I looked at him for a moment and said
"Cross-country skiing you say? But isn't dark outside?"
He looked at me surprised
"This is no problem, we have headlamps.”
And for seven hours we went over valleys and mountains
in a snow storm
It was impossible to talk neither with the person in front nor the person behind
We only stopped to eat the frozen "matpakke"
Concentrating in the cold darkness
Making sure our extremities did not freeze
No one managed to speak really
Apart from practicalities of skiing
Should we change wax?
Should we take this valley or the other?
When we finally got home late during the afternoon
Everyone was so exhausted that we prepared simple food
Having simple conversations
This lasted for three days
After these three days
I had built up trust with the family
I was almost suited for their daughter
There was one more physical test remaining...
Read which on in "The Social Guidebook to Norway 2"
By Julien S. Bourrelle
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