Hardangerfjord and the Columbia River Gorge

I have always liked the Columbia River Gorge area. It’s an area which reminds me of Hardangerfjord in Norway. The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest of the United States bordering Oregon and Washington. Now, there are no real comparisons to the fjords of Norway (best place on Earth). But the Columbia River Gorge is the closest I have ever found in the United States. The deep cold waters and the scenery are nearly the same in these two areas. They are also both well known…

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The Creepy Way the Black Death Came to Norway

In the mid 1300s, the Black Death emerged in central Asia and crept steadily across the known World. As the Black Plague claimed people from the near east and southern Europe, the Norse in Scandinavian countries thought they were safe from it. Until it came to them in the most creepiest way.  Creepy enough that it seems more of a cliche’ for a horror movie. Through records and research, we know how the Black Death spread through Europe during the 1340s. We know the bacteria that causes the plague lives in rats and we know fleas from the infected rats spread…

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