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Hello all you lovely blog readers and welcome into my very own personal blog corner here on the world wide web. I feel so honored by having you here on my site/blog, thank you so very much. First of all I want to say that my name is really not Mr Bowler or Bowler, this is an alias I have chosen to use. Mainly becaue I love hats and that I at this point want to keep my real name for my self. Enough about this. It is time for a short introduction. I am a 43 year old (born in 1975) Norwegian male, currently living in south America together with my fiance and my son. I moved from Norway and to Peru during the summer of 2016. You can say that I am here living the life I have always dreamt of. I am the type of guy who loves to entertain and that is also why I started my own blog, hope you enjoy the content.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Five things that I do miss about Christmas in Norway:

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Hello, again my friends here on the world wide web. I have to say one thing, wow isn't it crazy how time has a tendency to just fly away from you? For me, it is so hard to believe that the end of 2018 already is fast approaching for us. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was walking the streets of Lima kinda semi-homeless for 30 hours or so. This didn't happen over financial problems or no place to crash for the night, but because I managed to lock my self out from the apartment that I was staying in and no access to keys. Yes, I managed to lock my self out on Christmas Eve. Anyway, this is by far water under the bridge and I am not going to focus too much on this in this blog post, will return to the topic later in December for a recap on 2017 and 2018.

Well since we are already on the topic of Christmas I feel it is natural to continue on the path because today I want to tell you guys and girls the top five things that I miss about celebrating this holiday back home in Norway. Yes, I am limiting my self to just five 5 things, but believe that I could have made a list of 100 things without any problems. These are “things” that's spans from seasonal weather to simple things like candy, meals, sodas or snacks You know the small details that really make up your entire tradition? Do not misunderstand me, because it's not like I dislike celebrating here in Peru, far from it. As I see it is just that you miss some things that are very important for days like this and for me these are hard to get hold of. So maybe I should get started?
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1. Snow and winter weather: Well if there is one thing on this list that I have a very split attitude towards it has to be the winter and snow. I have always joked around and said that I have been born in the wrong part of the world. You can say that for the most part, I hate the snow, but for one day a year I hope for snow and that is Christmas. I know that it might sound a bit strange, but this has to do a lot with childhood memories I think. Just the idea of sitting in the comfort of my home with a warm drink and looking out on all the snow outside puts me into the Christmas spirit. This is something I have been struggling with after moving to South America since there is no snow here. So naturally, this is something that I really do miss.

2. Pinnekjøtt or salted and dried lamb ribs: Okay, if there is one Norwegian tradition that really screams out Christmas for me it has to be this meal. Norway has many traditions for this holiday when it comes to food and such. What you usually eat on the big day usually depends on what part of the country you or your parents come from. It spans from regular cod to grilled pork ribs, my pick falls on salted and dried lamb ribs, something that I have from my father, or he usually made this for New years eve, but I have it on both days, or at least I did until I moved to Peru. Its a really simple dish to prepare. The first thing you do is putting the meat in water for a few hours, when most of the salt has been “dragged” out of the meat its time to boil it and for the final touches it goes into the oven for a few minutes.
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3. Marzipan and marzipan products: For me, this is the snack overall snacks when it comes to Christmas, but from what I understand its an acquired taste. For me, it is the one single non-religious symbol for the holiday, but the sad part is that I haven't been able to find any marzipan outside Scandinavia. So if I am going to be able to enjoy the snack this year I have to make it my self or at least give it a good try. All I need to make it my self are almonds or almond flour, icing sugar and egg whites. I do not have the machinery to make it so I have to do it manually and as mentioned I have never made this before. So since I haven't made this before I can't guarantee the end result at all, but it will be a fun ride.

4. Julebrød or Christmas bread: This is not a unique tradition or product for Norway since we have something similar here in Peru called Paneton, but the difference lays in how it looks and that kind of changes how I experience it as well. A Norwegian Christmas bread is as the name say shaped like a bread and the Paneton is shaped more like a cake, this is also why it kinda feels different when its eaten for me. I also eat it kinda differently. While I eat the Christmas bread as sliced bread with butter and brown cheese I usually eat Paneton just as it is, more like a snack. For some strange reason, I also have a hard time getting full on the Peruvian version. Anyway the Norwegian version I usually enjoy on the morning of the 1st day of Christmas.
5. Dinner for one: This is a short film or movie that has a very special place in my Christmas heart you can say. It's a movie that I have to watch without exception on the day before Christmas or little Christmas eve as we call it back home in Norway. This is a tradition I have had since childhood and it really doesn't feel like Christmas without this, sadly I haven't been able to watch the show or movie in the past two years. So this year I have made sure to be able to watch it when the little big day comes around. Okay, it's not a Norwegian production, but a British one and more or less every European country seem to have it as a part of their holiday celebration. I am looking forward to watching it on my computer this year.

Well, this is my top 5 list of things that I miss about celebrating Christmas back home in Norway. Feel like coming clean on something, because this has far been an easy post to write since I have had so much to choose between. As mentioned at the beginning of the post, I could easily have included about a 100 different “things” but I had to limit my self to just a few and this has made writing it much harder than it really should have been. Anyway, the post is done and my top five list is ready for the blog post. It does feel like I should have followed up with a part 2 and a part 3 as well, but maybe for next year? Most of the things on this list are childhood memories and that's why they are so important for me.
There is actually one thing that I am thinking about right now. Maybe I should document the first time I make marzipan, either in photos or videos? What do you guys think? Through videos or photos, what do you prefer? Anyway, this is something I am looking forward to and I will do it together with my little Prince Edward. Because for some weird reason, he enjoys cooking together with me, at least when I make my pancakes or the Norwegian version of it. Actually, when I am thinking about it, I do like the idea of filming us while making marzipan, but you guys will decide how it will be done, right? Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post, just as much as I enjoyed working on it.

Just to have it said, working on more posts and future videos for my Youtube channel as well. One of these posts is meant as a recap of the year 20017 and 2018, just to wrap up all that has happened in my life the very weird past year. Yes, I can promise you it has been a crazy weird year for me in so many ways. On top of this, I am also working on a brand new Youtube channel. Since I have completely forgotten to work on the previous one throughout most of the year I thought it would be a good idea to start all over again with a 2.0 version. So keep your eyes open for the upcoming channel. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post and if you did, why not leave a line in the comment section and share it with your friends?

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