Oh, the place you’ll go in a Stressless chair

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Oh, the places you’ll go in a Stressless chair
You’ll see great sights
Like Timbuktu and the Taj Mahal
You’ll soar to heights
Like an eagle in flight
Go by day, go by night
It matters not
In a Stressless chair

Oh the places you’ll see
Like the Eiffel Tower in Grand Pareé
Might I suggest
A glass of wine
A Chablis or Merlot
From a grape that grows on a sunny hill
On the hills of Bordeaux
You know…
The wine they drink
In small cafes
On the Rue de Rennes in Montparnasse
You know the place
Where we first met
Years ago

Recline and relax
You’ll know what I mean
When you sit and you breathe
The air above Madagascar
You’ll know how it feels
On a safari on the Kalahari
Listen you’ll hear
A lion roar or an elephant trumpet
Stranger still is the hyena cry
And the baboon that laughs
By the light of the silvery moon

Now, close your eyes
You’ll see I’m right
It is not so far
As the grocery store
On the very next block

And to think
The simplest thing
Is the strangest thing
You’ll do it right here
In a Stressless chair

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What they drink in Norway

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If you are Norwegian, then you probably own a Stressless recliner and drink this:

Beer (Ask for øl. Say, Skål! Most likely a pilsner, in Tromsø, it’s going to be Mack. In Trondheim, Dahl’s.  Ask for Norway’s oldest and get Aass Beer) until 100 years ago every farm had its own ‘bryggehus’ (brewing house).

Wine (Vin, Tenkte du at god vin produsert i Norge var umulig?) It is not easy, but small growers say, “We make wine from fruit, berries, and grapes.” Hardy grapes like solaris, rondo and bolero thrive.

Aquavit (like Vodka, a potato-derived liquor, but flavored with caraway or dil, Norway’s national drink) Skål! If you’ve had too much, you might find yourself singing this ditty:

Uten øl og langt fra hjemmet
Uten hjem og langt fra øl

Without beer, a long way from home
Without a home and a long way from beer

Glogg (served warm, a syrupy, mulled wine with nuts and fruit, cinnamon and cloves, popular with messengers and postmen who travelled on horseback or skis in cold weather) Merry Christmas!

Bjor or mjod (mead, a cider-like brew of apples and honey, a throwback to Vikings and the longhouse) It is marketed for “real men,” just water and a little honey, add yeast, and let the magic happen.

Coffee (Norway is the world’s second-largest per capita consumer, it’s behind Finland. The winters are long and cold, the coffee shops ubiquitous, open 24/7 and fit for wi-fi) Drink it strong and black with no sugar or milk, since it wakes you up with a jolt and gives you that caffeine kick in the morning. In the afternoon, plain strong black coffee goes best with cakes, candy or cookies.

Milk (Melk) Sadly, milk is on the decline in Norway. However, you can still get your dairy products from butter (smør), cream (fløte), and yogurt (yoghurt).

Water (Vann) As you can imagine, water in Norway is exceptional, tap water is safe to drink where the water is treated. Check for clear water color. Norway ranks second in having the best tap water in the world. Go to Switzerland for the best.

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