1. Turf roofs.
How to construct homes here? Use turf on the roof. Here, full trees are growing up, with the fjord beyond. These little structures: could be guestbouses, or if really rough-looking, drying houses or storage. Why build on to the big house and have to heat it, when relatives are only there for the harvest, for example. Wise. Piles are raised on stone to keep out rot. Rotted posts caused most wooden stave churches to collapse within a hundred years.
Turf roof, small house, Tingvoll, Norway at Tingvollfjord
This turf roof exceeded most others. There are full trees growing like a little forest on top. To make it, grids are hammered to the roof, above some waterproofing material; filled with dirt and sod already growing, often. Let it go and it will. Very warm, we are told. And good for birds and bugs.
Turf roof, little forest on top, Tingvoll, Norway at Tingvollfjord
Bug heaven. In this part of the world, there are enough bugs left to spatter the windshield, and when you stop the car, there is birdsong, birdsong, loud and wonderful birdsong.
Here, somebody is heading with tot to Tingvollfjord.
2. Roadside standing stone.
What standing stone is this, by the roadside? in somebody's field? Sometimes old standing stones are repurposed, with a plaque affixed saying that this is now a memorial to such and such. Is this old, or because it is so precise and flat, a fake? No idea.
Get around by talking, not just following a map. Ask. Ask. How do you know what they say back to you?
I had made a conversation crib sheet that I carried in my wallet, including for directions, and it was excellent. Even point to what you need to get across.
This hand-made portable crib sheet -- cut up and staple inwallet size crib sheets that I could slide out as needed. For pronunciation, I used a CD set language thing from the local library, and kept repeating it in the car. Make it by writing out your topic in any online translator, and click for the translator site to translate. Easy.
How to pronounce Hvordan a uttale
Please – if you Behage – hvis du
Thank you - Takk
You're Welcome - Du er velcommen
Excuse Me - Unnskyld meg
Of Course! - Selvfolgelic
How much is it - Hvor mye er det
Where is a hotel – Der er et hottell
My name is... - Mitt navn er
This is a beautiful country – Dett er et vakkertland
Where is the bathroom – Hvor er toalettet
My things are stolen Mine ting blir staljet
Help Me! - Hjelp meg
Corner of street - Hjornet av gaten
Straight - Rett
Turn Right- Ta til hoyre
Left – Ta til venstre
Ahead - Fremover
In back of – Pa baksiden av (behind-bak)
In(inside) - Innsiden
Railroad - Jernbane
Train - bus - car Tog – buss –bil, auto, taxi
Plane - Planet
Airport - Flyplassen
Station - Stasjon
Hotel - Hotellet
Hostel - Vandrerhjemmet
City – how far to By, hvor langt til byen
Store - Lagre
Market - Marked
Hospital - Sykehus
Fire Department - Brannvesenet
Embassy - Ambassaden
Could you tell me where the nearest gas station is.
Memorial - Minnesmerke
First, Second Forste, Vandre
I cannot find my glasses
Did I leave them here Sa jeg la den her
May I leave you my email (have one for this purpose)
Good afternoon, eve. God ettermiddag, kveld
Water, fruit juice Vann , fruktjuice
Water with gas Vann med gasse
Chicken - Kylling
Duck, goose And, gas
Bacon - Bacon (again) Tocino
Potato, beans legumes Potet. bonner
Cabbage, tomato Hodekal, tomat
Apple, banana, grapes Eple, banana, druer
Nuts - Notter
FN 1. Technology. Online maps are useless in much of Norway.
GPS unreliable in Norway because of poor mapping by the company (even online maps of Norway are sparse), or was it a defect in a new model? Even our fancy new GPS, maker here unnamed because I hope they are hanging their profit-focused heads in shame, because we returned the danged thing. We were left floating hour after hour, or for sudden drops in dangerous situations with big road decisions imperative and imminent, and nobody there -- and with no ability to punch in a new destination, even -- supposedly was to give us Norway. People, don't sell it if it is not ready for people to use it.
The solution is not to follow the online maps, or even the expensive paper ones.