When it comes to Norway, two things immediately come to mind: my all-time favorite Norwegian salmon or laks and my high school buddy Anna Lyn who is comfortably settled in that faraway place with her two lovable daughters and husby.
As a travel destination, I have to admit that Norway, the Land of the Midnight Sun, is out of my radar. And so it came as a surprise when my close high school pal, Lei, decided to spend her vacation there after smelling the breeze in Paris. Judging from Lei’s account of her trip, I am suddenly intrigued by this country which has one of the best standards of living in the world.
Lei’s email to me:
Thanks Ju. How nice of you to remember my birthday.
J’adore Paris. It kicks NY’s ass, must say. You’ve been, I’m sure, during your croupier days? Norway exceeded my expectation. It’s unspoilt. Have never seen skies so dramatic nor breathed air so fresh. I honestly wouldn’t mind living there even if it’s very expensive (25% tax). The fjords are breathtaking. Anna Lyn and family were the perfect hosts. I had whale steak. Not planning a trip to Manila anytime soon, NZ notwithstanding. Also considering Japan – Kyoto most likely.
Take care. Do let me know when you might be Canada-bound.
Hi Lei! How can you excite my interest about Norway in such a few lines?
I’ve never been to Paris even though I’ve been to France.
Never been to Madrid even though I’ve been to Spain. Same with Brussels even though I’ve been to Belgium (… but I think Brugges was equally beautiful!)
Never been to Hong Kong even though I’ve been to the airport.
How ironic is that?
I would like to know why you are not keen on setting foot in Manila. I understand , you might have your reasons. I am stuck in Manila. Maybe you’d have to tell me when Norway opens its immigration soon, hehe. Regards.