One of the more minor Norwegian competitions/traditions is seeing who can have the first beer outside each year. There are only a few hard and fast rules:
- You have to drink the beer outside
- You have to drink the beer in Norway…beer in January in Tenerife doesn’t count
I have a strong entry in the competition, having had beer outside in the sun yesterday at Aker Brygge. Even if the beer was overpriced and it wasn’t exactly warm outside, it sure felt better than cold and gray.
December 10th. Peace Prize day. It’s the one day every year that the world turns its attention to Oslo. For those of you planning on joining us in Oslo, the forecast for today is a balmy 23F/-5C.
(I can only imagine how excited the Norwegian Tourism people must have been when they initially heard that the Peace Prize would be awarded every December 10th.
“You mean we get one a shot a year at showing off the beauty of Norway and you guys picked #!*%ing December 10th? It’s cold and dark and miserable! We quit.”)
Martti Ahtisaari will receive the award later today. If you’re interested in watching live, click here.
December 10th is also known as Human Rights Day, in honor of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights being adopted by the U.N. General Assembly on December 10, 1948, marking today as the 60th anniversary.
So go out there and celebrate, wherever you are in the world. If you can’t make it here, I’ll have a 65 kroner (~$9) beer for you.