sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Afternoon on Oslo Fjord

A friend of mine has a very nice, classic wooden boat and invited a couple of us out on it for a cruise around Oslo Fjord. What follows are a few cell-phone pictures of the event with commentary.

The boat - completely restored to 1950 vintage. As I found out by cruising
the harbor, there are a large number of equally interesting classic wooden
runabouts on the water in Oslo Fjord.
If you are going anywhere, you need fuel. This is the girl who pumps gas on
the fuel jetty. No, the line handlers in Southern California are not as attractive.
Fine day at sea.
This is the old fort that dominates the harbor in the Oslo City area.
When we were about, a lot of people had rafted their boats up and were BBQing.
Another random photo taken in the Oslo area not far from the city center.


Since I was running around recreationally (as opposed to business) with friends from Etterretningstjenesten  (Norwegian Intelligence Service) there was the usual test of manhood that involved eating food that some might consider, exotic. I will assure you that it's not exotic to a Viking. There is a hang-out "somewhere in Oslo" where the old, silver hair'd members of the Norwegian  National Intelligence Service people meet. A hole in the wall, behind a hole in the wall. 

Food came out for my benefit - call it a sampler. Traditional viking fare (dried for sea voyages): Horse sausage, wolf sausage, moose sausage, dried sheep and pork. They are saving the lutefisk for the next time that I'm in town.

Because of of their retired friends recently passed away, it turned into a wake. Wakes held by the last vestige of what remains of viking men for their fallen friend need not be explained further here. 



19 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great day! And with enough liquor, anything is edible... :-)

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    1. I have found that to be true. They drink a blend of Norwegian home brew whiskey and vodka... Which has the potential of stopping all neurons dead in their tracks.

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  2. Great views, especially the boat lady.

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  3. Looks like a good time and beautiful country. Dang don't think I could ever eat horse. Love the woody, learned to water ski as a little viking behind an old Chris Craft at Tahoe, good times...

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    1. I've had horse before. This was a horse sausage and unlike a horse steak or chop, this was quite greasy and old - strong and gamy. Memorable, but not in a good way. Had to brush my teeth three times when I got back to the hotel.

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    2. This could be interesting... http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/aug/28/salt-festival-arctic-arts-norway-sandhornoya

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  4. Great pics-- having friends abroad is unbeatable! Makes a trip so much more memorable to get behind the scenes with locals.

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  5. Jealous. It looks great. Well, until winter sets in....

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  6. I hope none of that was Viking sausage? ......

    What a totally, cool day out!

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    1. You mean, made from real vikings? No. They stuck to greasy, gamy tasting horse and wolf sausage, which I ate - and dried meat, also gamy tasting, which I also ate as custom dictated.

      Exceptional day in the fjord.

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