Thursday, May 17, 2007

NATIONAL DAY IN NORWAY

My cousin said to be in Norway May 17 and now I know why. There are flags, parades, and national costumes. Each city and small town has their own unique celebration.


Even Norwegian dogs get into the act.


Everybody marches in their regional costumes accompanied by children from each school and grade.


Afterward we drove through the countryside. Tight winding narrow roads and scenery that would unfold like a magician's sleight of hand. Unexpected and revealing something surprising.

Tomorrow is a day of planning.
Where shall we go?
What shall we do?
I was reminded of how it is when you have an exciting premise for a novel. As impetuous as you are -- you have to organize your thoughts. The plot must be laid out with care.
So nothing is missed.
Or forgotten.
I have much to write about.
And even more to think.
Much more to think.

13 comments:

Kimber An said...

Ooh, I loovve their folkwear! Especially those jewelry type things on the front of their dresses.

:o)

Lisa R said...

How's the food? Everyone says how beautiful Norway is but no one talks about the food. I guess I have to start planning another trip! Oh well, there are worse things to do right? Glad you're having a great time!

LadyBronco said...

I hope you are having a wonderful time, Pat.
It looks absolutely beautiful there!

Holly Kennedy said...

I'm green with envy.
I'd LOVE to make a trip to Norway. Have a blast, Pat. Eat, dance, drink and takes LOTSA pictures!

The Anti-Wife said...

Holy cow! It looks like Ballard! Are you sure you aren't in Seattle?

M. G. Tarquini said...

This looks like a really fun trip, Pat.

My word verification is Strowiqm.

Sondre Stromfjord's no-good cousin, from Ungava Bay, perhaps?

ORION said...

The food.
Well the open faced sandwiches are truly astounding.
No crusts
Piled high with thinly sliced meats vegetables and other delicacies.
(think English high tea on steroids).
More later...

Kanani said...

Love the dog. Love the landscape. Love the costumes.

Maprilynne said...

I wish we had traditional clothing. I love stuff like that.

When I was in third grade I did this report on Norway and I guess because of that I've always had a soft sot for that particular country. So I am really enjoying this! Thanks a lot. And your pictures are gorgeous!!

Yippee Aye A Kim Oh said...

I love the costumes of other nations. Sure beats Cowboy hats and chaps....

Dawn said...

Loved everything! Now I want to go to Norway. I'm trying to get everyone to come to Taupo in New Zealand. Did you know that Taupo has erupted 27 times in 28,000 years! Doesn't that tempt you?

Adrienne said...

So beautiful! So jealous!

Skal!

Mary Akers said...

Beautiful!