For all my Scandinavian friends, it's almost time, once again, for the great Nordic Fest near Luther College in Iowa.
Like I've said in the past, I am NOT of Scandinavian descent. Some how I managed to stumble into their festivities a few years ago when I was in the area researching my stout German heritage. It was the hottest, most gosh-darn-awful, humid, nasty weekend of the summer and all the Scandihoovians in the Midwest had descended on the town like a truck load of smelly lutefisk. There were no hotel rooms. None. In the middle of no-where Iowa.
My husband and I were too tired to drive much further, so I suggested trying Luther College to see if they might have a dorm room available. Yup, ya sure dey do. Holy bratwurst! A good Catlick Kraut amongst all those Scandy Lute-erns.
Well, our fine accomodations included a room with two plywood "bunks," a bath down the hall and no air conditioning. It was the most miserable night I have ever had. There was no breeze, nothing. Just heat and Scandihoovians.
Happily, I will not be joining them this year. However, I can understand if you want to be amongst your people. Get your hotel rooms booked early or you just might be stuck in a dorm room near a cranky Kraut.
The Nordic Fest is July 26, 27, & 28, 2007
In Decorah, Iowa, just a troll's stroll into Iowa across the MN border.
Velkommen Friends...Nein, Auf Wiedersehn, meine Norske Freunde. Machs gut!
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