Tagged With "Norway"

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Re: Art Under Your Feet

DrFumblefinger ·
A fascinating collection, PHeymont! It's amazing what you can see when you look around -- and down at your feet! Here's another for your collection, from the Czech Republic.
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Re: Nepal's Sherpas help rebuild Norway hiking paths

Travel Rob ·
Last Summer we went for a little hike to view Kragero in Norway and the path had a sign on it that it was built by Sherpas, which we really thought was cool. I'm glad to know the rest of the story !
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Re: Norway: Are flatulent cows a real climate issue?

DrFumblefinger ·
The Norwegian PM is clearly a fanatic that has not only lost touch with common sense, but is questionably grounded to reality. If the future of the world hangs in the balanced based on the number of times cows fart, then we might as well resign ourselves to Armagadeon. I think the Prime Minister is more full of hot air than the Norwegian cows are.
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Re: Norway: Are flatulent cows a real climate issue?

GarryRF ·
In the UK the number of winter related deaths (hypothermia - flu - respiratory) has fell by nearly 6,000 people a year. That's for an average 5'f (2'c) increase in the winter months. And were using less fossil fuel to heat our homes ! In 1814 wine producers in Northern England abandoned growing grapes because the climate was getting colder. I'll be happy when we get back to growing grapes here again. In January 2014 China had a quarter of all its territory under a cloud of smog. That's 600...
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Re: Norway: Are flatulent cows a real climate issue?

PHeymont ·
Sadly, common sense and science knowledge don’t appear to be requirements for achieving high office. Solberg’s nonsense brings to mind a U.S. president who considered ketchup a school-lunch vegetable and told a campaign audience that "Trees cause more < http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Pollution > pollution than < http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Automobile > automobiles do." On the other hand, Solberg’s not the inventor of the cow fart theory…search the internet and you’ll find that...
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Re: Norway: Are flatulent cows a real climate issue?

GarryRF ·
I've heard that cows have as many as 4 stomachs. So I suppose that's to be expected after eating all your greens !
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Re: Norway: Are flatulent cows a real climate issue?

DrFumblefinger ·
Yes, GarryRF, they do have a compartmentalized stomach designed to allow them to graze quickly if they need to, then carefully chew and digest their cud when they've time to ruminate. One might argue that a cow is a near perfect biological machine. We know they are useful to humans because of the milk, cheese, butter and meat they provide, but that's not the point. They are vegetarians and drop back on the pastures they graze their waste nitrogen, a wonderful fertilizer. And they exhale lots...
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Re: Norwegian bank is out of cash, on purpose

DrFumblefinger ·
While cashless transactions are convenient and popular, and I use them often, I am not supportive of this move. It is a little too much "Big Brother" for me. Consumers will migrate to the purchase platform of their choice. Cash, I'm sure, will become less and less popular with time. But it still has a place and I as a free individual want to make the decision on when and how I will use it. How will people make purchases if there ever is a complete shut down and hack of the bank's computers...
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Re: Norwegian bank is out of cash, on purpose

HistoryDigger ·
Although I don't use cash every day, I sure want it when I need it. After living through Hurricane Katrina and the LONG power outage of the aftermath, I recognize when cash is crucial. And yes, DrFumblefinger poses a good question about the lack of cash during cyber warfare, which goes on regularly even if we choose to ignore it. Maybe we should go back to bartering for everything. But most of us have lost the art.
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Re: Norwegian bank is out of cash, on purpose

Travel Rob ·
On my last trip to London, I arrived at night and the Tube stopped running. The ticket machines for the buses weren't working and now the buses are cashless. Luckily the drivers let me on anyway, but I think as more places don't accept cash ,those type of scenarios will be more common.
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Re: Norwegian bank is out of cash, on purpose

PHeymont ·
I think what we're seeing here is a blindness in planning, which goes beyond questions of technology. You've identified some scenarios where cashless becomes hopeless/helpless. I see the same kind of lack of forethought when I see several huge residential towers being built in downtown Brooklyn...on top of already overcrowded subway stations, and with no forethought to larger sewer or water connections... In the bleakest possible view, we may self-destruct not through a world war, but...
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Re: Norwegian bank is out of cash, on purpose

PortMoresby ·
I'm not surprised that this is happening in Scandinavia, of all places. Many years ago I had friends in Denmark and Erik was an electrician. There wasn't enough work for all the electricians so they rotated the work and he worked for 6 months, then had 6 months off, paid. Sounds good? However, during the 6 months he was off he wasn't allowed to do any electrical work at all, including on his own house. I (and he) found the rule regarding his own house absurd. I see it related to the banking...
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Re: Touring Telemark County in Norway

Mac ·
A most interesting report and photos. I love the story of the building of the church.
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Re: Polar bears: Hard to live with, hard to escape

DrFumblefinger ·
While they seem cute, polar bears are one of the few animals that actively hunt humans as a food source. They are quite dangerous and very lethal. The Norwegian town reminds me of Churchill, Manitoba, another great place to polar bear watch.
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Re: Ultimate outdoor vacation: a year without walls

DrFumblefinger ·
I love being out of doors, including some time roughing it. But I also love showers, a nice meal and a comfortable bed. Glad to know there's adventuresome folks out there!
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Re: The Sanity Clause (apologies to Groucho Marx)

PHeymont ·
Thanks for this! It's so easy to forget how many ancestors 'our' traditions have, and how very linked we all are!
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Re: The Sanity Clause (apologies to Groucho Marx)

GarryRF ·
That's very true Paul. I remember traditions from my childhood that have vanished years ago. I visit Sydney, Australia and find the same traditions are alive and well.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 9: Norway's Fjords

PHeymont ·
Cruise ship is dwarfed by steep mountains as it enters Norway’s Naeroyfjord, an arm of the Sognefjord in the rugged coastal mountains north of Bergen. A network of these deep waterways connects scattered areas of small towns and farms on...
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Laughter Set in Stone: Fun with Statues

PHeymont ·
This is a hold-up! This fellow (and a companion on the other side of the door) carry the weight at building entrance on Stromgaten, near Bergen, Norway rail station. Historically, statues have served a variety of serious purposes: to honor the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 28, 2014: Bergen's Historic Bryggen Waterfront

PHeymont ·
— Bryggen (it actually means waterfront) is the historic wharf area of Bergen, Norway, widely known for its brightly-colored warehouses and its long history. Most of the oldest buildings date to the heyday of the Hanseatic presence here from the...
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Bergen: Norway's Not-So-Second City

PHeymont ·
Approaching Bergen by Air   Bergen is a city of paradoxes. It's Norway's second-largest city, but it feels in many ways like a small town. It's the second-oldest city, but only in a few places does it seem older than 150 years or so. It's...
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Art Under Your Feet

PHeymont ·
Every now and then, wandering around a city, I've spotted an interesting, even beautiful manhole cover. Yes, the everyday necessity that keeps us from falling into the utilities. In some places it's plain Jane—but as you can see here, it's...
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Oslo, Stockholm get hi-speed link this summer

PHeymont ·
A new rail link to connect Stockholm and Oslo opens in August, cutting the time from 6 to 4-1/2 hours. It's aimed at international professionals who might otherwise have chosen to fly between Scandinavian capitals.   It almost got delayed;...
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Touring Telemark County in Norway

Travel Rob ·
Rick Steves, the travel author and TV personality, wrote "Frankly, if you go to Oslo and don't get out to the fjords, you should have your passport revoked." Well, it's a good thing Mr. Steves is not in charge of US passports, because our...
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Can you believe that no one ever noticed this?

PHeymont ·
Sometime around 12,000 years ago, this huge rock was left behind near Ljosland village in Norway's Vest-Agder region when a glacier melted. Just another item for the lost-and-found...except that it took nearly forever for it to be found.   Over a...
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Norway: Are flatulent cows a real climate issue?

PHeymont ·
As world leaders gather in Paris for a world climate conference, Norway struggles with a possibly related issue—or at least one the Prime Minister believes is related.    Prime Minister Erna Solberg (photo above) has managed to offend...
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Norway to build 'bicycle expressways' in 10 cities

PHeymont ·
Norway will build bicycle expressways in 10 cities to make bicycle commuting more attractive and to reduce urban pollution.
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March 7, 2016: Changing of the Guard at Norway's Royal Palace

Travel Rob ·
You can get an up close view for the Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace in Oslo.
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Norway's mountains more popular—but for how long?

PHeymont ·
Conflicting trends face Norway: its mountain areas have grown in popularity, but climate change is challenging its future as a winter destination.
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Brekkeparken, Skien, Norway (Where Gumbo was #159)

Travel Rob ·
Gumbo was at Brekkeparken, a 36 acre open-air museum in Skien, Norway. It contains 14 heritage buildings that were moved from locations across Telemark county and a beautiful Tulip Park.
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Vikings land in North America ...again!

PHeymont ·
A replica Viking longship, the biggest built in modern times, has completed a month-long journey from Norway in the track of Leif Ericcson.
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Norway: Midsummer bonfire sets world record

PHeymont ·
Big bonfires are a Scandinavian Midsummer tradition, but this one on a Norwegian island set a new world record.
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Oslo's Viking Museum plans big expansion

PHeymont ·
Norway's Viking Ship Museum will soon have an addition that will triple its space and allow for more exhibitions.
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Norway's 'most spectacular road' opens for season

PHeymont ·
Summer season is starting for Norway's Trollstegen, a road that is among the most beautiful and most dangerous in Europe.
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Nepal's Sherpas help rebuild Norway hiking paths

PHeymont ·
Sherpas from Nepal, famed for their high-altitude work, have been rebuilding Norway's network of mountain pathways.
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Akershus Fortress, Oslo, Norway (Where Gumbo was #147)

Travel Rob ·
WITW was TravelGumbo this week? He was at Oslo's Akershus Castle and Fortress. Find out some of the history.
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Jan. 18, 2016: Mountain Parking in Kragero, Norway

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob shows us a unique parking lot in Kragero, Norway.
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The Sanity Clause (apologies to Groucho Marx)

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell explores the origins of the Santa Claus myth drawing on his extensive travel experiences for supportive facts.
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Making Lemonade, cont.: US $ and Norway cruises

PHeymont ·
The stronger U.S. dollar versus European currencies (see previous Gumbo news items on the Euro) changes the picture a bit for U.S. travelers to the most expensive countries, and Norway's Hurtigruten Voyages, which operates cruise ships along Norway's...
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Norway's plea: Please pick up after our bears

PHeymont ·
Norwegian Brown Bear       Photo: Per Harald Olsen In most countries these days, we're familiar with some form of poo control for pets, most often plastic bags to collect the remains and toss it in the trash. Norway's Nature...
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Norway's Trolltunga: still a danger for tourists

PHeymont ·
  Trolltunga, an imposing rock formation that sticks out...like a troll's tongue...from a narrow ledge 700 meters above Ringedalsvatnet lake, has become a danger spot for travelers trying to take dramatic photos from the edge.   Earlier this...
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What's hot in the Arctic? A giant sauna!

PHeymont ·
What's being billed as the world's largest sauna, holding 100 visitors, has been set up on a beach in northern Norway, inside the Arctic Circle, for the  SALT festival of art, music and architecture on  Sandhornøya Island, near...
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Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway Captures More Than Nudity

Travel Rob ·
  Vigeland Sculpture Park in Frogner Park, Oslo, Norway was a lot more than I expected. The sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's lifework and has more than 200 nude sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland not...
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What a souvenir: Hiker finds 1200-year-old sword

PHeymont ·
A Norwegian hiker who found a sword while traveling the ancient route between Norway's east and west has now been told that it's about 1200 years old. His find will now lead to more exploration in the area.   The sword, about 30" in length, was...
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Norwegian bank is out of cash, on purpose

PHeymont ·
  Nordea, Norway's number two bank, with operations across Scandinavia, has announced that starting Monday its Norwegian branches will not handle cash. Period.   The bank's plan, surprising as it sounds, is part of Scandinavia's move toward...
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Lausanne gets 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

PHeymont ·
Ice hockey at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics, Innsbruck      Photo: Rolf Roletschek / Wikimedia   The Winter Youth Oympics—a relative youth itself, since the first was only held in 2012—will hold its 2020 games in...
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Non-instant messaging: Note in a bottle took 11 years

PHeymont ·
A Swedish family that found a message in a bottle while out in their boat near Gothenburg has now connected with the Norwegian youth who posted it eleven years ago, near his home in Frederikstad, Norway.   The Swedish family read the message, "I...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 8, 2015: On the Sognefjord

PHeymont ·
  One of the Sognefjord ferries that connect the towns and cities along Norway's western fjords in an area where the road network is sparse, and closes in winter. This ferry was paused as our express boat approached; minutes later the two ships...
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Polar bears: Hard to live with, hard to escape

PHeymont ·
  If anyone thought that drunken beach revelers or soccer hooligans could make for a bad time on vacation, they may not have considered a town where the neighbors are polar bears.   The town is Ny-Alesund, on Spitsbergen Island, Norway; it's...
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Svartisdal, Norway, Part 1

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares wonderful travel memories of camping in the Norwegian backcountry, in the shadow of a great glacier!
 
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