Norway: waterfalls and coastal villages

I am a Southern girl. I was born in a warm country, studied and worked in three different but still warm countries, and I regularly holiday in warms countries. I assume somewhere along the line, there was a momentous evening in my life when I stood atop a large hill, raising a rotten carrot in my arm, and screaming: I am going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be cold again. Well, yes, that might have been Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind and the wording must have been slightly different but I am as vocal as her when it comes to unshakeable opinions. So when my friends offered me to join them on a weekend trip to Norway, it was only the promise of their warm hearts and conversations that convinced me to leave the confines of my fluffy-blanketed and cuddly-dog-warmed London flat. If only I’d known that this will be the time when I discover the avid, raw, uplifting beauty of the North, the likes of which I’d never seen before. The mountains and air that are so unapologetically surreal that they hold you captivated for hours, the sea and the little villages so incredibly charismatic that you can’t help falling in love with them, and the people and food so heartwarming that you feel that you could spend the rest of your life here. And let me tell you: what they say about food always tasting better in fresh air? Totally true. Even the sheep soup which I initially thought was lobster soup because it sounded very similar! Hope you enjoy the first part of our adventures, and come back in a few days for some trolls and 50 varieties of pickled herring!

Я родилась в южном городе. Росла, училась и работала я тоже на юге, правда в разных странах. Поэтому я никогда не понимала, как можно ездить отдыхать на север. И вообще, я считаю, что человеку, по сути, для счастья нужно очень немного: тепло, кофе и доступ к Интернету. Остальное в жизни, несомненно, решаемо. Хотя когда подруги предложили присоединиться к ним в поездке в Норвегию, я ни минуты не раздумывала, зная, что в любом случае наша компания будет теплой. Ну, и горячительные напитки в Норвегии уж точно гарантированы! Конечно же, я не ожидала, что так бесповоротно влюблюсь в холодную красоту севера. Прохладный горный воздух, от которого замирает сердце, малахитовое море, уютные деревушки, теплые и гостеприимные местные жители – Норвегия располагает к себе сразу же, и даже затянутое облаками небо приводит в восторг своей непредсказуемостью и разными оттенками лилового. Ну что, поехали с нами по фьордам?

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