Question by Wicksy: What is Virginia like?
I have the opportunity to move there from Norway
Answer by bratzmom
Depends on what part of Virgina. I have been to virginia beach. I loved it. It was the cleanest vacation spot I have been to. A little costly. I stayed in a hotel on the beach, and when I woke in the morning, to look out to the ocean, I could see dolphins jumping out of the water. I would so go!
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Norwegian Tall Ship, S/S Statsraad Lehmkuhl – Dublin Docklands
Image by infomatique
Today (Friday 19th August) at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay the very impressive and beautiful Norwegian Tall Ship, S/S Statsraad Lehmkuhl, was open to the public so I took the opportunity to go onboard and take a few photographs using a Sony NEX-5 camera.
The purpose of the visit was to promote The The Tall Ships Races 2012 – Dublin event. As final host port for the 2012 Tall Ship Races, the event will see up to 100 Tall Ships sail into Dublin for a 4 day Festival and celebration, from Thursday the 23rd August to Sunday 26th August, 2012. Ships from as far away as Chile, Mexico, Argentina, USA and European and Baltic countries including Italy and Norway will sail to Dublin.
The Tall Ships’ Races are races for sail training "tall ships". The races are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. The races are held annually in European waters and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles, and a "cruise in company" between the legs. Over fifty percent of the crew of every ship participating in the races must consist of young people.
The Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a three-masted barque rigged sail training vessel owned and operated by the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation. It is based in Bergen, Norway and contracted out for various purposes, including serving as a school ship for the Royal Norwegian Navy.
It was built in 1914 as a school training ship for the German merchant marine under the name Grossherzog Friedrich August. After the First World War the ship was taken as a prize by the United Kingdom and in 1921 the ship was bought by former cabinet minister Kristoffer Lehmkuhl (hence the name, which means ‘Cabinet Minister Lehmkuhl’). With the exception of the Second World War, when she was captured by German troops and called Westwärts, the ship has belonged to Bergens Skoleskib until it was donated to the Foundation in 1978.
In 2000, it was chartered by the German Navy while their Gorch Fock was overhauled.
Question by Tracey: which scandinavian country is the best in terms of…?
standard of living, hospitality of people, most foreign work opportunities, natural beauty, urbanization vs. rural live, and since i am an english speaker, people who speak english
-although some may not consider finland, iceland, and denmark scandinavian, please include them in your stats
Answer by Retchen
Well, I can answer for Denmark. And to be clear, Denmark is very much a part of Scandinavia, which is said to be Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and sometimes Iceland.
In Denmark the standard of living is very high. We do hardly have poverty because you get money from the state if you are unemployed for different reasons. People are rather hospitable, but I think the hospitality is better in the bigger cities (Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg) than in the countryside.
Of course it is hard for me to be objective about the natural beauty, being from Denmark myself. But I have heard lots of foreigners saying that the Danish girls are the prettiest in the world. But sure they could be bluffing I believe that both women and men in Denmark are very good looking.
In the bigger cities I think almost everybody speaks English. In Denmark we start learning English in the 3. grade, which is why most people are rather good at it, especially people under 50 I’d say. In the smaller cities and in the countryside I think people do not use their English as much, but it should still be possible to speak with them in English.
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