Mar 16, 2009

These things go together

Learned a lot about salty licorice last night... salmiak- the salt crystals found in ammonium chloride- is mixed with anise oil. Still unsure about where the black color comes from. Guess you can't eat too much. Which brings me to this law of Jante and Largom (sweden) here in Scandinavia. Some people think it's a myth, some people use it as a excuse, and some people believe it to be the future. The archetypical Swedish proverb "Lagom är bäst", literally "Lagom is best", is translated as "Enough is as good as a feast". Or meaning "just the right amount". 'Jante' is a concept created by the Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose in his novel 'A fugitive crosses his tracks' where he portrays the small Danish town Jante, where nobody is anonymous. There are 10 rules in the law- but the main theme is 'don't think anyone is better than us' and ' don't think that anyone things you are special'. In some ways it makes you think about others and not only yourself- but in the extreme opposite, it doesn't build any self-worth or confidence. I've met people that believe they are a product of this law- even if it was stronger with their grandparents- I have been affected by this in small ways- just in dealing with people and trying to connect emotionally. Stuff. On a lighter more topical note. Here are some colors combos I saw recently that I liked. Ha.
A coffee in Oslo and my kindest bud Terri in Bergen.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

did terri turn norweigen?