You know you have been in Norway too long when…

1.You associate warm rice porridge with Saturday and xmas eve.

2. It seems sensible that the age limit at night clubs is 23 or 25.

3.You think there are no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

4.It seems nice to spend a week in a small wooden cottage up in the mountains, with no running water and no electricity.

5.You think cross-country skiing is the only *real* skiing.

6.You know at least five different words describing different kinds of snow.

7.The first thing you do on entering a bank/post office/pharmacy etc. is look for the queue number machine.

8.You accept that you will have to queue to take a queue number.

9.A sharp intake of breath has become part of your active vocabulary.

10.You associate Friday afternoon with a trip to Vinmonopolet (State wine monopoly).

11.You think nothing of paying 50NOK for a bottle of ‘cheap’ spirits at Vinmonopolet.

12.Your native language has seriously deteriorated; you “eat medicine” and “go and lay yourself”.

13.You rummage through your plastic bottles collection to see which ones you should keep to take to the store and which can be sacrificed to the recycle center.

14.It’s acceptable to eat lunch at 11.00 and dinner at 15.00.

15.Your front door step is beginning to resemble a shoe shop.

16.When a stranger on the street smiles at you, you assume that:
–he is drunk;
–he is insane;
–he is American;
–he is all of the above.

17. The reason you take the ferry to Denmark is:
–duty free vodka
–duty free beer
–to party
–The only reason for getting of the boat in Copenhagen is to eat pizza.

18.It no longer seems excessive to spend 500NOK on alcohol in a single night.

19.Your old habit of being “fashionably late” is no longer acceptable.

20.You know that “religious holiday” means “let’s get pissed”.

21.You enjoy the taste of lutefisk.

22.An outside temperature of 9 degrees Celsius is mild (in mid June).

23.You wear sandals with socks.

24.You like to wrap your hotdog in a cold pancake.

25.You can prepare fish in five different ways without cooking it.

26.You can’t stand leaving the country because people everywhere else are so nice, it’s annoying.

27.You look away when you walk by people on the street.

28 You invite people for dinner and expect them to bring their own drinks

29.You have bad conscience if you’re not outside when it’s sunny

30. It’s snowing and freezing outside and you’re still eating ice cream

31. You’re comfortable eating fish only salted and boiled in water….and you use melted butter as your sauce

32. You have wool socks in your purse (for emergency)

33. Going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark (again) is just a normal day for you

34. You say ” Rise and Shine, Good morning stars and moon!” at 730 in the morning.

35. You don’t trust the water from the tap in other countries because you believe that the cleanest and the best is only from Norway

36. You have invested in one expensive “Bergans” winter jacket.


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