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Cocktail party!

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What is a Cocktail? Do you drink them? The first time they have ever used or seen the word Cocktail, actually dates back to the “Farmers Cabinet” on April 28, 1803. They say that Cocktail, is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters. They also said “drink a glass of cocktail, its excellent for the head” yeh, wonder where they got that idea! In 1917 the first Cocktail party was arranged in Missouri. They invited 50 guest to come on a Sunday at noon, the party lasted 1 hour and was finished before lunch at 1. I guess the drinking culture has changed a lot from that time. If you drink alcohol on Sunday’s before noon in todays society, you are either on a really good “Nash Spill” or you are an alcoholic!

Since we try to be respectable people in todays society we had planed to arrange a Cocktail party on a Saturday evening. And Whats not better than to say Fashionably late at like 8 o Clock. Which means that we arrived at like 8:20, no stress. We were about 8-9 girls that was planing to go to this event, so we had split up all the ingredients that we needed to make some of these exclusive drinks. Me and my friend was going to by the RUM, so I had to run down to the city in a hurry, because as we all know, the liquor store is not exactly open very long on SATURDAYS! Luckily I made it, and the rum was safe. The party was going to be held in my friends new apartment in Oslo, so I had arranged to sleep over at my friends place. Kinda Felt like we were in “friends”, we only missed 2 boys living across the hall with a duck and a “foosball table”! On the way in to Oslo I also promised my friend to Drop by IKEA to by Cocktail Glasses, because you can not have a Cocktail party without Cocktail glasses. IKEA is know for two things, good meat balls and cheap furniture, but they also have all this extra stash that can be practical, cool, and modern, and some times a total waste! But in this case, I am glad they had Cocktail glasses at 19.9,-kr a piece.

We started out making a Welcome Cocktail called the MILENIUM! It was pretty good and it had lots of red berry’s in it. The second drink we made, was “FROZEN MANGO”! This was actually one of my favorites during the evening. Then we made one called “Pink Mojitos” Which was also pretty good! The next drink on the list was “PIÑA COLADA”, this was probably the most popular drink of the night! Do you know what it means? we discussed the possibilities and we knew what PIÑA was but had no clue what Colada ment, and No, there is no “COLA” in it. PIÑA COLADA Means Pineapple and Strained. This drink is really sweet so we decided to make a fresh one and ended up with Lime Breez or something and that drink was a little to fresh for some of us 🙂 Then We made an old time classic, The “Strawberry Daiquiri” this is always a big hit and it was a nice finishing touch of the evening. So, all in all, we made 6 different cocktails and had a lovely evening.

At like 2.30 we decided to go home so we ended up calling a cab. We were all unaware of how expensive it was to take a cab in Oslo and we learned pretty quick that the next time, we will walk to the buss station and take the buss home! Instead of just opening a bear or a wine bottle, why not make a Cocktail? I have to admit you need a lot more stuff and its more expensive to make Cocktails, but its fun to do once in a while. During the 1960-70-and 80 Cocktails were not really that popular, but at the beginning of 2000 Cocktails had its comeback! So now they are back in business!

Have a good one


“Just Dance”

Do you DANCE, or are you among those people who say, “sorry, I don’t dance” or” I have not had enough to drink yet” or ” are you crazy, I’d look like a fool”? 

Well dance is actually one of the oldest expression forms of art and culture that we have, and it dates back 1000’s of years. I dont think i am the only one saying this, but dance was a little bit different back in the day, than what it is in today’s society. A lot of the dances were also used in rituals and some of them are still in use today. The types of dances that we normally talk about, like hiphop, salsa, breakdance or swing are actually pretty new to the dance floor.When I am talking about new, I mean within the last 100 years, considering we had the first “homo Sapiens” living in Africa about 170 000 years ago. When talking about hiphop, we are talking about a dance that was created in “The Bronx,(USA)” in the 1970’s. Which is only 40 years ago!  Hiphop is a dance that developed in the black/latino youth environment on the streets or in small clubs. Swing came as early as the 1920, an is ann all around known dance method.

Why is it, that when you say black or latino, people automatically assume that you can “bust a move”, or shake your hip? I must admit I am a little jealous. When you here about Norwegians, there are no thoughts what so ever, about people being good at dancing. Have you ever heard ” Mean, those norwegian people are rocking the dance floor!” or ” that norwegian girl is killing tonight? When we look at our dance history, I guess we end up with Norwegian Folk dance’s, wals ans swing, which are not exactly the hottest topics on the floor (except in gym class, where these are mandatory). Another thing that is interesting is that if I say steppdance or tappdance you are prabobly thinking Irish or west-African.  When I went to Colombia, it felt like everyone danced salsa. When we went to clubs, there was people from 18 up to 50-60 dancing in the same club! I don’t really se why they had tables there, because people did not really use them! We danced, talked and drank at the same time.  I did not meet one person, that said, “sorry, i don’t dance”. Is it in their blood? How come they all know salsa? I don’t really know the answer, but my friends mum in Colombia told me that ” They listen to the music from when they are born, and when they start to walk, the rhythm is already there, so when they are 4-5 its easy to pick up the steps”.  Hm, well we Norwegians listen to music, but it’s not the kind that makes our hips move, its more the kind that makes us look like sticks! It’s the same thing with black people, they have a great rhythm, and you always se them on the dance floor! When i was living in the USA, my roommate tried to teach me a few dance moves. They looked really cool and simple when she did it, but when I tried I almost ended up breaking my back! They would dance on the bus, in the parking lot, in the club, at school or in the gym. Ever seen a few people playing music dancing in the parking lot in Norway? No, we park our cars next to each other and play our ears out! I hope you understand I am not talking about everybody as in literally everybody, but more as in a common general sence. I guess we have some famous norwegian dancer…….. eh, well I cant really think of any, can you? We have lots of skiers dough, but they are  tall, skinny and have hips like a tooth pick. If you bend it, it will break!

I can honestly say, that I am not a great dancer, but one thing is sure. I’d rather have fun on the dance floor trying to dance, and on a lucky day make a move. Than sit on the side staring out in the air looking like a fool. People say they look like a fool, when they try to dance, ok, SO WHAT? Just let lose and have fun, it does not hurt to try. What do you have to lose? Sitting alone, watching your friends dance, or being on the floor laughing with them or at your self trying to master the dancing technique.

Well, if you are a great dancer “have fun and go wild” and if you have time, teach your friends something cool! If you are not a good dancer, get your ass on the dance floor and start learning! The moves will not come to you in the chair, but who knows what will happen on the dance floor!

“Have fun go wild”



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