20160822 - Norway is lovely

posted 23 Aug 2016, 22:57 by Lodzer Shabbat-Bulletin

20160822 - Norway is lovely

Norway is lovely.

Gorgeous nature, wide spaces, narrow fjords, well cared-for ecosystems, and warm and welcoming people turn it into a prime tourist destination (not exactly an inexpensive one, either - but that's another discussion for another day).

The roads can be quite taxing. Narrow and steep winding serpentine, picturesque as it is, can easily demand some 10 hours to cover the same 450 km that in Canada would be done in less than 5. The group spent a relaxing Shabbat on the western fjords, near the town of Alesund.

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Look at the man in the middle; the moment he saw us, he dropped everything and ran indoors to get his "Love for Israel" shirt. Apparently, they have A Club of Israel Lovers (sic!) at their church. Last year, they charted a special plane to fly Alesund - Tel Aviv - Alesund for an unforgettable 2-weeks vacation in the Holy Land.
Olav (that's his name) says Israelis don't know how lucky they are to live in such an interesting country where news is never boring. Hmm... is that really a blessing, or at least a double-edged sword?

Between the trains, ferries, fjords, feeding the group, traveling, and introducing activities, my messages turned somewhat shorter. I do realize that and thank you for your indulgence. Arielle, my youngest, sends her regards (between working in our kitchen, singing Shabbat songs, and sightseeing from my shoulder, she is having the fun of her lifetime!).

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Now, our correspondence doesn't have to be one-sided. Why don't you drop me a line, telling me how your summer has been up till now? I heard it was hot - but what else? Did you go places? Learn anything new? Done anything exciting? Felt anything special?
Please, do tell.
Send your message to lodzercentre@rogers.com. A picture or two will be especially appreciated - and won't be left unanswered.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Eli


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