Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"
A potential Norwegian business partner invited me to his hytte with his family on a cold autumn weekend.
On Saturday morning when we all woke up
His kids were sitting on the sofa
and laughing at me.
Their parents were ready to go out
With their bathing suit on!
It was 0C outside
Raining and windy
It was the perfect time for "morgenbad"
His wife jumped in first
He jumped in
I had no choice
Trust and respect is built through physical pain and suffering
It sometime seems like Norwegians actually enjoy pain
They do not see it as a form for suffering
But as enjoyment
Walking hours in freezing rain and wind
Rolling in the snow naked
Jumping into cold fjords
Makes the hytte and the utedo seem so much more comfortable
And it may provide a boost to your social status on Monday morning at work!
Norwegian colleagues like to tell each other about how hard activities they did during the weekend!
Read more about our amazing Norwegian friends in Our Social Guidebooks to Norway