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photoblog image Rite of Passage:  Latitude 66° 33′ 38″N

Rite of Passage: Latitude 66° 33′ 38″N

 

We crossed the Arctic Circle on 7 April while on our Norway sea voyage.

The ceremony on deck included swallowing a spoonful of cod liver oil.

Today is my turn at Vision & Verb where I talk about the Gag Reflex!


[Astrid took all images (except the monument) and I processed them for this collage.]

 


Rite of Passage: Latitude 66° 33′ 38″N

 

We crossed the Arctic Circle on 7 April while on our Norway sea voyage.

The ceremony on deck included swallowing a spoonful of cod liver oil.

Today is my turn at Vision & Verb where I talk about the Gag Reflex!


[Astrid took all images (except the monument) and I processed them for this collage.]

 


comments (56)

  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 2 May 2011, 01:33
Oh..these pix of you just made me laugh! Will look forward to reading your story tomorrow!
Ginnie Hart: 'Tomorrow' is now today and you'll see me yet again at V&V. HA! Well, it was fun after all and is a rite we will never forget. Thanks, Marcie!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 May 2011, 02:03
Reminds me of the winter daily ritual, when I was a youngster.

Great teamwork Ginnie/Astrid.
Ginnie Hart: I'm still trying to remember why I had to drink a glass of it when a child, Ray. I'll never forget the taste! Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 May 2011, 04:46
I knew all the stories about crossing the Equator, my granddad was sea-captain and he was 'Neptune' in these ceremonies.
Never knew that we would have a ceremony crossing the Arctic Circle.
It was cold and windy, to me the cod liver oil tasted like 'nothing'.
In my youth I had to 'drink' it too, fortunately it did not have the same impact as it had to you.
You are a great sport showing the whole series I took.
I will read the story on V&V tonight after I come home from work.
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks to you, MLMA, for documenting this passage so well. I just wish I had gotten the same of you! It was such a fun time, even though I hate that nasty stuff. smile Thank you.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 May 2011, 05:16
Haha, that's an impressive grimace. Looks like you had a lot of fun lol. I will be reading your entry at V+V
Ginnie Hart: I hate that nasty stuff, SAVO, but we had a great time celebrating this crossing. Thanks. smile
  • remla
  • France
  • 2 May 2011, 05:52
il faut savoir respecter les coutumes !
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Rem! Gotta go through these rites if we want to be a part of the world. grin Merci.
Oh! What a bad drink! I think I will not be accepted! Me I was entitled to the aquavit! Not really best when you do not drink. I find this arrangement very cool, the symbol of the North Cape and your grimace understandable!! A fun post Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Nasty stuff, Mathilde, but I drank it just to say I did it! HA! I found out this is NOT the North Caoe but farher south...the Polar Arctic Circle. Important difference, I guess. It was totally fun. Merci.
view from the expression I'm glad that he had never tasted eheheheh
Ginnie Hart: You're lucky you didn't have to taste it, Fabrizio. smile Grazie.
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 2 May 2011, 07:28
haha. Ginnie. I feel the same about mineral oil!
Ginnie Hart: Some things are never forgotten, Kala! smile Thanks.
oh ugh!!! you poor thing, cod liver oil in capsules is even disgusting!!! you've said screw it to other 'ceremonies' this would have been a good time to do the same lololol fun pics tho!!!
Ginnie Hart: Truth be told, Elaine, I wanted my own souvenir spoon without cheating. grin Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 May 2011, 07:54
Hahaha - this is wonderful Ginnie! The only thing to say is that health-wise it probably did you good
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure it helped whatever might have ailed me at that moment, Chris, for sure. grin Thanks.
Hahahahahaha!! If it tastes horrible it must be doing you goodsmile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! I'm sure that's more true than we realize, Bill. I do like the idea. Thanks.
  • Mark
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 May 2011, 08:45
Looks horrid!!
Ginnie Hart: Take my word for it, Mark! smile Thanks.
Does everybody who visits Norway have to do this then Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: Well, at least if you cross the Arctic Circle imaginary line on a Hurtigruten ship, Stanley. We were the lucky ones, I guess?! smile
Wimp, Jean loves this stuff. Me i am with you.
Ginnie Hart: What's wrong with Jean???? HA! I guess we all have our 'issues.' smile
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 2 May 2011, 09:05
Oh Ginnie, as a child I had to go through this ritual every day. Them followed a spoonful of concentrated orange juice. This was provided to all chil;dren by the government.
Ginnie Hart: Now I'm wondering what it was supposed to cure, Chad? I just Googled it and got my education (burns, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, essential vitamins):
http://www.ehow.com/facts_4856752_what-cod-liver-oil-used.html
It's also used as a base for paint! Go figure.
Funny shots! The powerful fish liver oils are a definite part of my diet. Take it in capsules or better yet switch to halibut liver oil where the capsules are smaller.
Ginnie Hart: Interestingly, Mary, I never once connected fish-oil capsules to this post! DUH. I used to religiously take a capsule every day...but now here in Holland am just trying to eat more fish! Hmmmm. The things I don't connect amaze me!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 2 May 2011, 10:29
Fun things we do
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Vintage. smile
Cod liver oil, oh dear, it is very natural. It has Omega-3, Vitamin A and Vitamin D. We people need them!

In Finland we do not have such kind of "compulsory" rituals.

In one of these photos I see the emblem of Nord Kap. I have driven to there with my car. The route from Southern Finland to Nord Kap in Norway is gorgeous.

My photos from Nord Kap are here:

http://sartenada.wordpress.com/about/

Happy travelling!
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Sartenada. I'm just realizing how this oil is in the same ballpark as the fish-oil capsules we've been told to take as part of our daily regimen. Thank you kindly for stopping by and giving us your input!
One can certainly tell that you loved it Ginniegrin You know there are recepies with Cod liver oil?
Ginnie Hart: Recipes? Please don't tell me that, Marion! HA! Ugh.
what a marvelous milestone to crss thet circle Ginnie. I visited the Noord Cape in 2006, loves it
Ginnie Hart: It was certainly a momentous celebration for us, Chantal, as would be the North Cape, if that excursion would have been available to us (too early in the season for our voyage). Bedankt.
  • FotoS
  • Poland
  • 2 May 2011, 11:11
I do not understand smile I drink the blubber, and my son has a lemon flavor and not so disfigured mouth smile great reportarz. Have a nice day smile
Ginnie Hart: Add a bit of lemon, Foto'S, and I think maybe I could handle it. smile Thanks.
  • Bandoras
  • United States
  • 2 May 2011, 11:21
Beautiful collage Ginnie ! I thought cod liver oil was supposed to be good for you wink !!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes. Lots of vitamins, I'm sure, Bandoras. Better for me in a capsule, where I can't taste it nearly as much. smile Thanks.
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 2 May 2011, 12:23
he he he... nice expresion Ginnie... LOL, and great shot for Astrid
Ginnie Hart: We'll never forget it, Oscar. grin HA! Gracias.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 May 2011, 12:56
a lovely collection of pics taken by Lief-Astrid- oh, I particularly love the last one- it could be me for I don't like Lebertran, too, which reminds me of my childhood days -but it is a nice tradition - crossing the Arctic Circle worth indeed!
(Later I'll read your V&V-tribute, I have just come back from the funerals for my neighbour, and then I have to go to the dentist with my mum)
Ginnie Hart: It was worth it, Philine, and I can laugh about it now. HA!

So sorry about your neighbor's funeral. That's always a loss, I know. We've been thinking about you and your mum a lot lately....
  • Ken
  • United States
  • 2 May 2011, 13:16
I like the first 2 images of you, where you are actually smiling..not knowing what is to happen.. Hee Hee.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, I KNEW what was gonna happen, Ken. I think my smiles were masking my true feelings. grin Thanks.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 2 May 2011, 14:15
LOL that's hilarious. You are a very brave person Ginnie to take on liver oil!
Ginnie Hart: HA! The things we do just to say we did it, Scarlet. It helped to know we were all in the same boat!!! grin Bedankt.
  • didier
  • Germany
  • 2 May 2011, 14:20
lol !! pas l'air très bon ça !!smile
Ginnie Hart: Not something I'd like to ever taste again, Didier, if I can help it. smile Merci.
Ha ha... You're such a baby!
I used to have lots of cod liver oil when I was little.

Do you have Scott's Emulsion in Holland?
That's our No 1 best selling cod liver oil in Malaysia. Ha ha...

Bovril (bit like Marmite) is also very popular over there. We normally have it with porridge instead of toasts! Ha ha... Weird but true!
Ginnie Hart: I'll have to ask Astrid about the Scott's Emulsion, LC. She'll know. She eats Marmite ever so often but I haven't tried it yet. Maybe one day, just to say I did it. smile Thanks.
Ca donne envie... ;-)
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! You can have it all, Olivier. smile Merci.
That last picture in your montage is hilarious, Ginnie. I can truly feel your repulsion as I clearly remember lining up in single file before our morning class began to get our daily cod liver oil capsule. Even though I tried my best to swallow the blasted thing before it burst, it didn't always work and my gag reflex went into overdrive. It's funny how you never forget the horrible taste of it.
Ginnie Hart: I'm so glad you can empathize, Beverly! Isn't it funny the tings we remember! Thanks for sharing. smile
We as children had to swallow a spoonful every winter night after supper. I still remember the terrible taste!
Ginnie Hart: Doing that every night after supper would have totally spoiled supper for me, Wim. Ugh. Isn't it amazing what we remember!
Nice and fun collage. Greetings
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Pedro. Gracias.
But I thought cod liver oil was good for you... smile
Ginnie Hart: I hate to admit it, Larry, but you're right! smile
That brings back memories. Cod liver oil followed swiftly by orange juice and we didn't get rickets. Thank God for capsules.
Ginnie Hart: HA! The capsules ended up being just what the doctor ordered, Janet. grin Thanks.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 May 2011, 17:17
The expression on your face says it all ;-)
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes, it does, Cherie. (I hate it but I still can't access your site!)
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 2 May 2011, 17:19
your reaction was priceless smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Maria. grin
Yech! I prefer my omega 3 in capsules smile
Ginnie Hart: I guess that's exactly why/how they were invented, Tom!!!! smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 May 2011, 17:51
The database for my site seems to have crashed over the weekend. I support ticket has been lodged were it is hosted. Hopefully they will fix it tomorrow.

Thanks smile
Ginnie Hart: Ahhh. Thanks for letting me know, Cherie. I hope it gets fixed ASAP!
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 2 May 2011, 18:46
Remind me to never cross the Actress Circle. Not gonna' put down no cod liver oil nohow!

(Happy to see another Canonite) wink
Ginnie Hart: But Rob, the souvenir spoon was more than worth it! grin HA!

Oh yes, CANON, the only way to go (she says this while being married to a Nikon lady!). smile
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 2 May 2011, 18:47
By the way, I have something to wash down that cod liver oil for you. wink
Ginnie Hart: I tried 3 times to leave this comment on that post, Rob, but it wouldn't take:

I'M WITH YOU, Rob. After a couple weeks of unseasonably warm weather, we're back to autumn temps but are refusing to turn the heat back on. And yes, I would have thoroughly enjoyed a bit of this after that cod liver oil. Indeed. grin
Now that looks downright disgusting. The last photo is the best, it show your true emotion. wink
Ginnie Hart: Some things we just never forget, Ryan. smile Thanks.
I think the look on your face says it all Ginnie, urghhhh!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Brian. Anything else you need to know??? grin Thanks.
Un colage muy interesante, quien es esa señora rubia qcue parece no gustarle lo que prueba??

Besos!!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, she happens to be me, of course, tasting the nasty stuff! grin Gracias, MA.
  • Krunal
  • India
  • 3 May 2011, 04:07
was quite tatsty, isn't it? and you have a lovely expression there in the last one.
Ginnie Hart: Simply put, I don't ever need to taste it again, Krunal. smile Thanks.
You big suck Ginnie....we had that stuff every winter morning when i was a boy....and yes it tasted the same then....nice collage....but what a sour lookgrin....Smilesmile the next time ....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! It sounds like a lot of us webt through that ritual, Peter. I was lucky not to endure it every day, however. Next time I will smile, just for you. smile Thanks, Peter.
Ha, this is super funny, i won't taste, thanks for letting her know wink)) Super sequences here. ANd now some sugarly sweets wink
Ginnie Hart: A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, Karine. HA! I like that. smile Merci.
  • tede
  • France
  • 3 May 2011, 12:22
Lolll ... it looks to be excellentsmile) Nice day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It ended up being worth it for the souvenir spoon, Tede. grin Merci.
Oh my word, but this vignette of shots did make me lol and loudly, Ginnie...that face! Priceless!
Ginnie Hart: If we can't take a joke, Alex, right?! grin Thanks.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 3 May 2011, 16:03
I take it that it was nasty...lol
Ginnie Hart: Definitely not something I'd take every day if I didn't have to, Sherri...at least not in that form!
It doesn't look very palatable, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Not something I'd particularly choose to do on a daily basis, Graeme. smile
I have never tasted it and looking at you I don't think I ever will. Lol. good little story in your pictures smile
Ginnie Hart: I'd resort to fish-oil capsules, Linda, before I'd do the spoonful thing again. Even the capsuls can have a very fishy taste to them, however. Trust me. smile Thanks.
I love the series of photos here and your expression after tasting the tran is just priceless hehehehe
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Charles. Let's just say it was worth it for the souvenir spoon. grin
  • rian
  • United States
  • 4 May 2011, 01:52
haha! love the expression.. i almost can taste it too! *blech* ;D
Ginnie Hart: HA! I know exactly what you mean, Rian. grin Thanks.
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 4 May 2011, 07:01
The badder the taste, tyhe healthier it is... I hope smile
But you've reached a milestone, the arctic circle!
Ginnie Hart: Isn't that the truth, Fokkio...about the worse the taste the better it's supposed to be for you. HA! And yes, it was definitely worth the milestone. I'll never forget it. Bedankt.
Well at least I suppose it's good for you. Easier to swallow when fresh, than the stuff left in the bottle for a few weeks ;-)
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure it kept me well the rest of the trip, John. grin Thanks.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 7 May 2011, 17:52
Great shot of the medicine going down ....hope you had a little sugar to follow it up. Or a nip of something for the cold weather!
Ginnie Hart: HA! A spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down is a bit like needing a vacation after a vacation, George. grin I love it. Thanks.

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