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A Scot Learns to Ski (Part 2)

Learning to go downhill – wow, that was an uphill struggle!

Getting into skiing as an adult is all about making a right arse of yourself. But during my first long winter in Norway, I managed to reconnect with a sense of innocent wonder at the world I hadn’t known for years. I would go busking in downtown Oslo in the morning, then back up to the light and the forest. But there were also those three Dark Arts of the Forest that defeated me – a trainee in the tracks! And just think – how you pronounced a single word could be hazardous to your health! Finally, there are a few sobering thoughts about the seemingly fatal damage to skiing as a pastime and sport caused by the effects of climate change. This is the second part about my first winter in Norway. Part One was last week.

Felt I looked quite smart, even with clothes and skis bought at a flea market!
Ok, just kidding, this is Roald Amundsen in 1909.
Photo: Anders Beer Wilse
Public Domain

Twitter: @northbynorway

00:00 North by Norway
written on GarageBand by Andrew J. Boyle, using the Norwegian folksong ‘I Ola-dalom, i Ola-tjønn’

02:44 Halling
Edward Grieg, op. 17, no. 7

16:50 Sleigh Ride
Frederick Delius

Music performed on GarageBand by Andrew J. Boyle
A Scot Learns to Ski
A Simple Blue Chair

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