101: Intro to Vikings

 

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When Chris first found the job listing for the NATO job here in Stavanger I’m pretty sure there were only 2 things we knew about Norway:

  1. It was cold all the time.
  2. It was populated by pillaging, plundering vikings.

After we got here, we discovered we were totally right about the first one. It’s cold here all the time. Except during summer, which happened for about 2 weeks back in April.

Unfortunately, we discovered we were a bit off on the 2nd one. We’ve lived in Norway 6 entire months and have never once seen a viking! grumble::grumble

Words like “gypped” and “scam” and “what the heck?” were on the verge of escaping from our lips when, on a fateful Saturday afternoon, we saw an entire village of vikings! (Phew! Our childhood learnings weren’t lying afterall!) There they were sitting in tents wearing viking clothing and selling viking-spirit amulets and homemade viking swords and dead viking reindeer skins…

 

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And roasting viking lambs on spits over open fires. And doing viking war cries and viking battles and making viking baskets and eating viking pølse and lots of other viking stuff.

 

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They lived in viking grass-roof huts (ok…these weren’t actually viking grass-roof huts. They were Iron-Age-Norwegian-farmer-grass-roof huts. But we got free tickets from the viking market so close enough)…

And raised viking sheep (again…more Iron Age than viking)…

 

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And took pretty awesome viking landscape photos (definitely viking, not Iron Age).

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Next step: “102: Pillage and Plunder.”

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