Friday 23 June 2023

Norway 2

 I was very impressed with Norway. 

They seem to have got everything right that we in the UK have got wrong. 

It was a glimpse of what Scotland could have been if the oil money wasn't pissed down the drain by successive Westminster Governments. 

Their infrastructure is amazing.

Their Island Groups are connected by a labyrinth of tunnels and bridges, and when they are too far apart the ferry network takes over. 

They make Caledonian MaBrayne look like amateurs.   

They have retained their National Identity while staying very connected to Europe. 

Globe Marking the Arctic Circle 

The Lofoten Islands appearing through the haze. 

And a bit too close to Russia! 

The dot on the horizon is a Russian Observation Tower 👀

Even their fishing industry is intact. 
These are Fish Heads drying before being sold to Africa of all places for Fish Head Soup, a trade which has been going on for hundreds of years. 

The short dumpy fishing boats are due to  licensing laws based on Length !  

Cod drying on racks for Stock Fish. 

Most of this is bought by the Polish who seem to have cornered the european market. They sell it into Germany amongst other countries where it was a traditional food in the days of Papal Decrees not to eat meat on the many fast days. 

You couldn't make this stuff up. 

The last time I was there I was eleven. 

Our Ship tied up at the old fish market. 

Happy Memories. 

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