Over the last generation, the institution of pilgrimage has experienced a startling revival across what we often dismiss as secular Europe.
In Oslo, the freeze-thaw cycle of a warm winter made my bike commute unpleasant. Elsewhere, it's a matter of survival.
Karl Ove Knausgaard forced me to cancel six months of my life in order to fixate on 30 years of his.
Mindful of the American response to 9/11, Norwegians apparently want to avoid overreacting and seeing themselves only as victims. They don't want to adopt a bunker mentality.