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My grandmother was Norwegian.  She loved to regail me with stories of her childhood, and of my great grandma and grandpa I never knew, but what fascinated me the most was the lefse she made.  When she was a child, her mother would take the leftover potatoes from their meal and with butter and cream, she would throw the batch on the stove and make Norwegian flatbread. describe the image

I loved to sit at the table and watch my mom, grandma, and my aunt put together the recipe and then cook it; but not on a stove, but a special griddle just for making lefse.  Most people have never had it.  It is the yummiest flatbread you will ever taste.  It is almost paper thin, and you can put a variety of spreads such as jam, peanut butter, cinnamon and sugar, or my preference--butter--on it.  They should register me as a lethal weapon when lefse is around as I consume them in large amounts.  Considering that my family only made a certain amount for Thanksgiving and Christmas, yeah, I was so deadly that my mom finally had to make me my own amount.  It did not keep my hand from being spanked as I got caught in the freezer several times.

Norway is where the lefse originated, but no one knows for sure exactly when.  The weather can be unpredictable at times, but between May and August is the best time to visit to get a taste of this delicious flatbread.

Norway

This country is extremely beautiful, but also fairly spendy as well.  The current exchange rate for every dollar to Krona is KR 6.74.  In my research, you could potentially pay, for two weeks in hotel accommodations, 100 to 150 dollars per day.  However, when you factor in places to go, and things to see, along with transportation, you will actually be spending KR 1,000 to 2,000 or 150 to 300 dollars a day.  Pricey, huh?  Traveling does cost a lot of money, but the memories are priceless.

Norwegian Festivals

http://www.norwayfestivals.com/list_all.cfm?list_all

This is a list with tabs for art, literature, film, music, and theater festivals for the whole country.  When traveling to Norway, many travel writers, including me, recommend wrapping your trip around the festivals that will be performing during the month you are there. 

Transportation

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/norway/transport/getting-there-away

There are many different ways to travel in Norway such as water and land.  You have to remember that Norway is surrounded by countries such as Sweden, Finland, and Russia.  Each can be reached by bus or train.  So, depending on how you have structured your itinerary, and how flexible you are, you can also include visiting another country while staying in Norway.

Norway is a must travel to country, but if you can't travel that far to eat lefse, I will give you a cheat:  North Dakota's lobster and lefse festival, scheduled for September 6th-8th.  As you can eat lefse with anything, this festival would be a must.  I love lobster, and with lefse, well, by the time you get there, I might have eaten it all!

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