Stressless Stories

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The White House

The traveler caught a glimpse of the white house outside the bus window. It was just a momentary glimpse and he would not have remembered the moment or the house had he not taken a picture.

What was it about the white house?

Strange, the traveler thought, it was a farmhouse without crops or animals. Perhaps it was the ordinariness, a plain white box look, symmetrical but for the front door, that revealed nothing of the personalities of those who lived there. The bus was on its way from the western coast of Norway, from Ålesund to world-famous Geiranger with a stop in Ikornnes. If you are counting in kilometers, it is around 120 km passing through and over three distinctive fjords, watching all the while spectacular landscape unlike anything the traveler was familiar with. The roads were two lane, adequate for the summer traffic, and winding, as they make their way along the waterway with a ferry or two to cross to the other side of a fjord.

It was not unlike the farm houses in Maine, where the traveler had been the summer before. Nor was it unlike the mountain cabins in Montana where private people went to get away from the city. To the traveler, the White House would forever remain a mystery like so many places.

The traveler put down his camera and continued to watch the scenery roll by. The traveler was looking forward to Geiranger, the waterfalls, the hiking trails and people.

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Hello and Goodbye in Norwegian

Hallo Norway

Most Norwegians speak English, but isn’t it nice to try and blend in (hint, loose the fanny pack) and get along. Here are a few essential phrases so you don’t look like a complete ninny.

Hei means Hi and sounds like it too.

Hallo means Hello. A slight smile goes a long way to break the ice.

When leaving, say: Ha da bret, meaning well being or goodbye; or Sees (Say-S), meaning see you soon.

God dag, Good day works most times of the day.

Takk, Thank you is also good to have in your repertoire.

By the way

Did you know that the Beatles never played in Norway. Touchy subject for Norwegian Beatles fans. They must be thinking:

“You say “Goodbye” and I say “Hello, hello, hello”.
I don’t know why you say “Goodbye”, I say “Hello, hello, hello”.
I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello.”

Or maybe they are still trying to figure out what Norwegian wood is.

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The View is Spectacular

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The view is spectacular

Ikornnes village, where Stressless recliners are made, is located along the Sykkylven fjord, way up north on the Norwegian coast where the Aurora Borealis lights the sky. Best seen from the Fjellstua Viewpoint, the locals say.

What are the Northern Lights, you ask?

Those bright dancing green lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun’s solar wind and oxygen (and on occasion nitrogen) particles in the earth’s atmosphere.

Where to see them?

Attracted by the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres, they are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora australis’ in the south. A pale yellowish-green is the most common auroral color, found about 60 miles above the earth. Rarer, all-red auroras are produced by higher-altitude oxygen, and nitrogen produces blue or purplish-red aurora.

Best viewed from a Stressless recliner.