Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Celebrating America

From what I've been told, and from what I've now experience, American Independence Day is the biggest party of the year for U.S. Embassies overseas. As our National Day, it's a chance to highlight what it really means to be American, complete with hotdogs, ice cream, and product placement. Here in Oslo we had our big 4th of July party on June 19th due to Norway's tradition of heading out of the city for the entire month of July. It was a huge party of over 2000 guests, and while I was working there all day, I still very much enjoyed myself. Because what's not to like about free Ben & Jerry's, McDonalds french fries, and Redhook beer. It made me a miss the United States just a little.

The Ambassador's Residence ready

All the good stuff

Tesla brought one of their new S models to show off U.S. technology

American flags and some bunads in the background

This past week I was able to get my Americana fix while supporting the Ambassador at the opening of the Norwegian Harley Davidson Rally (the Sturgess of Norway if you will).  He opened up the event while I was there to take some pictures, but it was fun seeing how much this group of Norwegians absolutely loved the United States, and in particular the Harley Davidson brand. Sadly they didn't let me take a ride, but maybe next time :-).


Harley's lined up

A very American motorcycle complete with a Chevy V8

And finally, this week is the actual 4th of July, and I'm super excited to just because I have the day off, but because my sister is coming to visit!! I'll be meeting her at the airport tomorrow and then it's a week of long overdue sister time :-). The only thing that would make it better would be some fireworks, but I'll settle for BBQ and smores over the grill.



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