17.may in London – NORWAY DAY!

Hooray! The 17th of may is Norway day, and although this is written in slight delay, I thought I’d share my Norwegian experience of celebrating our traditional constitution day in London town. Norway Flag 3ft x 5ft Superknit Polyester It was really quite special and I was very surprised when I saw the large number of Norwegians /half Norwegians in Southwark park all dressed up and excited for this big day of celebration. @font-face { font-family: “Times”; }@font-face { font-family: “Cambria”; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }

. I had dressed up and hurried my way with my friend Melissa who was visiting me in Norway and we didn’t really know what to expect, and when we arrived we were blown away. Everyone had to pay £3 for hire of the park,  we were greeted by two very Norwegian looking girls wearing their But  
 It looks something like these dresses, which is a sort of National costume, but they have different designs and embroidery that symbolize and represents the different parts of Norway.  I have one. Was sad that I couldn’t run around in mine… feeling like a good old-fashioned milk maid or something. Anyway, we joined the marching band parade, and I filmed a bit of it so you can see the Norwegian madness.  I Looove the song they are playing; Jegermarsj (Old rangers march), it fucking takes me back man. God… the music, REALLY makes me wish I could play something, brass or at least be in a band. It’s SO cool. 
Altough the kids that were in the marching bands, you know; “This one time, at band camp” weren’t really the coolest kids on the block. But on the 17th of may, it was their time to SHINE!!  After the parade we stood in an HOUR-LONG queue to buy some Mothereffing good Norwegian chocolate, the Norwegian Soft-drink “SOLO” and good old Norwegian Sausages… GOD it was worth it. Although it must be said, Norwegians are TERRIBLE  at queuing.  
And so as we sat down to consume these simple pleasures we were not alone in struggling to hear what was going on with the entertainment. There was Children singing, from the Norwegian school in London, sadly whoever organised the event hadn’t really provided with a very good sound system, so one could barely hear the children’s beautiful voices over the already half-drunk Norwegians and the feedback from the microphones. The minister of finance in Norway did a speech, and there was a band that for some reason managed to get the sound system to work, because they were very loud. But never fear, the day was saved by an ice cream van, with two Non Norwegians who CLEARLY had NO idea what to expect, so the icecream tradition was also upheld! Then it got a bit chilly, so we decided to move the rest of the day to the Norwegian Church, just around the corner, my mum has been nagging me for YEARS to go there

And To be fair, it was pretty cool. It was really lovely inside, with Old Norwegian Viking/king statues, a lot of wooden panels, and nicely decorated for the day with flags and ribbons. People were preparing for the big dinner, that we couldn’t take part in, as we hadn’t booked and paid, but next year I think I will, after I saw the menu for this year!! Mmmm..

THey sell loads of Norwegian Foods, chocolates, and lovely things that I have fed to my very patient friends over the years while celebrating Norway day. I was also very surprised by how many of my friends that remembered and sent me a text. Thanks! So if you are a lost little Norwegian roaming the streets of London, do not heistate,, but try and make it for Southwark Park at 11. on the 17th of may next year. TOTALLY worth it. 


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