We dressed as Country Bumkins today, i attempted to plait my hair on both sides, but failed miserably. Joe suprisingly suits this one but i have felt very insecure wearing my costume- anyway, today we have been into town again, this time to visit the royal familys royal house, suprisingly it is on the main high street, opposite a Burger King. We are aware of the fact that they don't often stay in Trondhiem, but security is so lax that we have been able to walk right up to the front door to pose in our costumes.
We also tasted an 'Ice boat' today. very tasty.
Elinor also broke the news to us about the scandanavien 'unspoken' law, that involves not dressing or making yourself stand out in public in anyway, which makes us feel even more like tourists than we expected, however the same law also mentions that you should not judge others- which explains why nobody has really said anything. It makes the act of performing in Norway more interesting though- hopefully we can talk to some people over the next couple of days to see how they feel personaly about looking differently. Does this law still have claught? and if so, do we as toursts have a get out clause because we are not part of the culture?
(for more info, follow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jante_Law)
There are ten different rules in the law as defined by Sandemose, but they all express variations on a single theme and are usually referred to as a homogeneous unit: Don't think you're anyone special or that you're better than us.
The ten rules state:
- Don't think you're anything special.
- Don't think you're as much as us.
- Don't think you're wiser than us.
- Don't convince yourself that you're better than us.
- Don't think you know more than us.
- Don't think you are more than us.
- Don't think you are good at anything.
- Don't laugh at us.
- Don't think anyone cares about you.
- Don't think you can teach us anything.
11. Don't think there's anything we don't know about you.
In the book, those Janters who transgress this unwritten 'law' are regarded with suspicion and some hostility, as it goes against communal desire in the town to preserve social stability and uniformity.