Diving the fjords
Norway is a wonderful country with wonderful and fun loving people whose main verb in sentences seems to be "fest" (which means partying) and who spend the whole week working hard in order to do so during extended weekends.
It has 4 million inhabitants that live mostly where the fish or the good theaters, concert halls and bars exist and it has a wild expanse of forest where you can happily loose yourself and die if you handle yourself with no care, inumerous mountains by the seaside where you can fall off if you feel the need to become a peelable sticker and wildly clear sea water in between mountains (called fjords), in which you can have some of the most memorable dives of your life, granted you keep in mind the ridiculous small distance you are to the North Pole and choose to wear undergarments in your drysuit accordingly. While diving in Norway you can even be rewarded with the sight of seals (that look strangely like dogs trying to decide which way to swim to shore) or orcas (which are bound to set your frozen blood running wildly again).
Norwegians have the level of organization of the Portuguese and the cold weather made them do wonderful things with the money they get from oil (Norway is one of the biggest oil producers in the world), namely warming up the floors of all restrooms and even some stretches of roads (I'd like to think so that the deer can come and warm up their hooves during long Winters).
Although producing all that oil, Norwegians have a fixation on walking long distances, not around but over the mountains, so if you are ever invited to "go for a walk" prepare yourself for some hours of mountain-climbing or just generally vertical hiking (up or down or both). In Norway old ladies live in top floors of buildings and do not use elevators.
Norway's viking heritage comes across in some strange habits that include throwing bombs in the water to signal the end of the expected dive time or of a sudden urge of the boat captain to go home.
Everybody in Norway is over 6 feet tall, infants included.
Norway is generally a cold country, so Norwegians know that all the warmth has to come from within them, which it does.
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