Friday, June 2, 2017

I Love Two Parades / Me Encantan Dos Cabalgadas

We were in Bergen for Syttende Mai (May 17th), which is Norwegian National Day. Bergen hosts the best parades and celebrations (or so we've been told). Cousin Inger's good friend got us VIP seats for the two parades. One starts early from one direction. The other comes from the opposite direction and, instead of joining up, they pass each other by. The sun was unusually bright that day, which added to the brilliance and excitement. Later, we headed up one of Bergen's mountains to the home of cousins Birgitte and Sam for a traditional meal of cured meat and delicious rømmegrøt (porridge made with sour cream, whole milk, wheat flour, butter, and salt). More on that later!

Estábamos en Bergen para Syttende Mai (17 de mayo), que es el Día Nacional de Noruega. Bergen acoge los mejores cabalgadas y celebraciones (o así nos han dicho). La buena amiga de nuestra prima Inger nos consiguió asientos "VIP" para las dos cabalgadas. Una comienza temprano de una dirección. El otro viene de la dirección opuesta y en vez de unirse, se pasan uno al otro. El sol era inusualmente brillante ese día, que agregó a la brillantez y la emoción. Por la tarde, nos dirigimos a una de las montañas de Bergen a la casa de los primos Birgitte y Sam para una comida tradicional de carne curada y delicioso rømmegrøt (gachas hechas con crema agria, leche entera, harina de trigo, mantequilla, y sal). ¡Más sobre eso más tarde!




COUSIN HÅKON.
NUESTRO PRIMO HÅKON.











BIRGITTE ABOUT TO SERVE RØMMEGRØT.
BIRGITTE A PUNTO DE SERVIR RØMMEGRØT.

20 comments:

  1. looks like fun! and wonderful native clothing! the second pix reminds me of the blues brothers.

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    1. anne marie:
      Those guys were more like the Sousa Brothers! But I love the way you think.

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  2. To paraphrase Barbra ... ♫ ♪ "before the parades pass each other by." ♪ ♫

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    1. Bob:
      AND... before the parade passes by another one will start!

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  3. There's nothing better than a good parade! Except two good parades!

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    1. Debra:
      Lost in translation (it was explained to us before-hand)> I thought there were 3 parades at different times of day. Jerry thought there were 2 parades that would join together. I STILL thought we had missed the first parade!

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  4. Two parades - and in the sunshine!

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    1. Wilma:
      A lot of very grateful and surprised people in that sunshine.

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  5. Everybody smiles in Norway, I see!
    How exciting that you were there for these two parades, Mitchell!
    Wonderful photos Mr.Man!

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    1. Jim:
      We did meet a lot of warm, kind, and smiling people. Of course Syttended Mai may skew things toward "happy."

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  6. Lovely parade and so cool to see the native clothing for the festivities. That little boy is adorable in the outfit, but looks stunned. In the eighth picture, is that a picture of the one side of San Geraldo's chapeau??? if so, very chic! I also spied a cutie or two in the crowd. Enjoyed these pictures!

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    1. mistress maddie:
      And different places have different traditional costumes, which are usually entire hand-made. That poor little boy was with his family on the bottom tier. He had to pose for pictures for about 10 minutes. I think the one I grabbed (while he was posing for someone else) was his limit. Jerry didn't travel with a hat and that one is definitely not his style.

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  7. How wonderful, looks like a lot of fun.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Robin

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    1. Robin:
      We hadn't planned our trip around 17 May, but we were so happy to be able to be there for it.

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  8. I love the photos of all the people in native dress. The child is especially cute!

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    1. Jennifer:
      The traditional costumes are handiworks of art. The women's are often made by family members. The men's are often made by a tailor. Cousin Haaken's was handmade by his mother with his involvement in the finishing and embroidery. Amazing!

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  9. I love a parade - and two even more!

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    1. Willym:
      This was so much fun and so unusual. And the sunshine and smiles didn't hurt!

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  10. Ohhhhh, I really enjoyed these photos :) And, I'm enjoying having your blog in Spanish, too :)

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    1. Judy:
      I'm trying to be more easy and natural with the Spanish version, which means I'm sure I'm embarrassing myself! But I AM enjoying writing it.

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