Trending Tuesday- There wasn’t a chair- Sherries Always Right.

21 09 2016

Stories have connected us to others since they were told through oral narrations around a campfire. It is with great pleasure that I connect you with… Trending Tuesday There Wasn’t a Chair — Sherrie’s Alw

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There wasn’t a chair….

30 08 2016

Wood wood houseI’m surrounded by crystal glazed water reflecting back a sorbet hued skyline. Within a minute the ferry will dock and I will be walking a carefully laid path back into town.
I pass by boat sheds, then houses and finally modern minimalist buildings with razor-sharp edges. Their understated forecourts deceive because within the smoked glass doors people are eating, drinking, chatting, flirting or proposing. I know. I’ve been here before. At last I reach the town square and it is exactly as I remember it. Light, spacious, clean and welcoming. The few people in it appear to be whispering to each other rather than shouting. It’s all so quiet. So tranquil.

If I continue across the square I know I will reach the section of the town where white wooden houses staircase a hill right up to the very top. I stayed there once. Invited there by a friend. She’d asked me to stay. She’d told me to sit anywhere but there wasn’t a chair. But there were oversized cushions covered in knitted fabric, sheep skin rugs on the walls, candles in earthen ware holders, and brown cheese in the kitchen. I still love that cheese.

When I left that wooden cocoon I felt as if I had been meditating for the past 3 days. The voices in my head were softer, my vision sharper, the air both cool and sweet.

But if I am to retrace the footsteps of a younger man I needed to find my accommodation. Is it there? No. Here? No. It’s here. I dawdle into the reception area. The girl behind the counter looks up and sends me a warm Latin smile. ‘Welcome to Norway’.

 

(She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere – So I looked around and I noticed there wasn’t a chair) extract from Norwegian Wood Lennon/McCartney

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Useful dating info when in Norway ….

28 08 2016

Norway

When I visited USIT in Oslo they handed me some very useful info. But of all of the guides they handed me this bit of advice made me smile.

Entitled : ‘Picking up a Norwegian’. (It read as follows): “Do you get weird responses to your typical European approach? Adjust it! We are an egalitarian society, and proud of it, so its common to split the bill or take turns buying. Don’t be too romantic, it will definitely creep us out. Keeping eye contact for a long time is super intimate for us, so if someone is looking into your eyes for more than five seconds they probably like you. Or more probable they are insane. Or a foreigner. Its everyone’s game, so if you like somebody, take the initiative and say hi. There is no need to boast about your successes or flash your money (if you have any). We like honesty, integrity, self esteem and sporty attitudes. Ask us about being Norwegian and the weird stuff that we do. We love to talk about ourselves.”

I’m still smiling having read this again. It just seems so honest and straight forward. Or is it? Cue violins. Oh no sorry… this is Norway. :0)

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