Norwegian Grilling Hot Dogs

polse-2 The grilling hot dog (grillpølser) is iconic in Norwegian culture. At practically every outdoor social event especially with children, snow or shine,  you can guarentee there will be grilling hot dogs. polse-4 Events that are designed around hot dog eating are call pølsefest, or hot dog parties. The 17. May, Norway's National Day, is the biggest pølsefest day of the year. polse-6 The standard items for a pølsefest are grilling hot dogs, of course. These are shorter and slimmer than other Norwegian hot dogs to fit perfectly in hot dog buns or lefse (potato flatbread). Ketchup and mustard are a must have, and crispy fried onions are a common topping. polse-3 polse-1 Whenever our kids have an outdoor science, ski or beach trip with school, always on the To-bring list is grilling hot dogs and a grill stick. polse-8 Norwegians often cook hot dogs on an open fire. That's when they use a grill stick. It is a prong that folds up into its handle for safe keeping. These are great for kids as they don't have to stand too close to the fire to grill their own hot dogs. Lilu got hers as a graduation present from her Barnehage (kindergarten). Grill sticks make a great gift, which will be used all seasons. polse-7 polse-5

Oslo in December

IMG_20151206_142508379_HDR Merry Christmas from Oslo! We are in the capital for a few days and got this photo of the Parliament building from the top of a Ferris wheel.

Refugee Crisis Hits Norway

We haven’t written about the Refugee Crisis because everything has been hearsay from European media. Now that many refugees have entered Norway we can comment fairly on the crisis. This is a very controversial topic. Just to be clear, this is an insider’s observation on how Norway is dealing with the refugee crisis, in point form. Of course it doesn’t present all that has been going on, just the things we are generally aware of. In general, as soon as “refugees” get to Norway, they seek asylum. Many municipalities agreed to take a portion of the influx of asylum seekers now pouring into the country over the borders. Many didn’t agree, but have been forced to take on some of the load. Our municipality, which has a very young population of 20,000, has committed to taking in about 80 extra asylum seekers on top of our normal yearly quota. Asylum seekers live among us, they are not kept away from society, even if they haven’t been processed and cleared. Many asylum seekers have been crossing the border between Finnmark and Russia. Now these are NOT all fleeing from Syria. In fact, many are reported as residents of Russia. And many are not originally from Syria at all. On Monday 9 of November 75 asylum seekers crossed the Norwegian-Russian border, only four were Syrians. The rest were from Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, India, Lebanon and Iraq, and were mostly single males. It has become so bad that the Norwegian government has officially said that if people who have already settled in other safe countries, such as Russia, seek asylum, they will not be returned to Russia, but their country of origin. Norway is accepting 8000 quota refuges from UN camps. When questioned at the border, asylum seekers are saying that their reason for coming to Norway is that they want be to part of the 8000. They don’t realise they cannot be–their smugglers have lied to them. They expect houses, jobs, education and childcare. The law states that people can only cross the border on transport, so Russians are making business by selling bikes to asylum seekers. So far, in the last four days, there have been four separate reports around the country of attacks on pre-teen girls by male asylum seekers. Asylum seekers are supposed to receive instruction of the culture and laws of Norway, which includes not seeking out young girls. 90% of asylum seekers are males between 16 to 30, however, most are claiming they are 16 to 18 years. There are reports of bearded asylum seeker males attending middle school, claiming to be 15. Down in Sarpsborg, 60 asylum seekers protested through the streets because they were unhappy with food variety and said they didn't have enough food. They also complained about no transportation to the city centre, and limited internet. (At the time, the asylum centre was giving them three complete meals a day, now they are considering increasing it to four.) Personally, I was asked by the municipality to teach male asylum seekers dance within my regular classes. I had to explain to the municipality that the asylum seeker’s religion does not permit them to exercise with females, not to mention being alone with 10 to 18 year old females in tights and tutus. This is an example of how Norway is unprepared for the cultural differences of asylum seekers. Germany has confessed that their media deliberately seek out families and cute little kids for photo ops. Most of the movers are single young men. Sweden is having a problem with asylum centres being set of fire. It is not confirmed if it is because of asylum seekers or Swedish residents. Also, Sweden has had a problem with asylum seekers refusing to leave buses, as they want to live in the large cities rather than in small towns or makeshift safe places. In both Norway and Sweden the political parties that are against uncontrolled immigration are gaining popularity, so much so in Sweden, that they could win the next election by a landslide. Social media is running wild in Norway about the Refugee Crisis. Basically, it has become a trend to call any Norwegian who doesn’t want Norway to take in refuges, for any reason, a racist. Norwegians are afraid to get involved in the discussion.

Doktor Proktors Tidsbadekar Teaser Trailer

doktorproktor So someone decided to give the teaser trailer for the Norwegian children's movie "Doktor Proktors Tidsbadekar" (Doctor Proktor's Time Bath Tub) the Hollywood treatment and the results are hilarious. I'm taking the kids to see it this weekend.
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