- May 2014
You should have given her a piece of paper and asked her to write down whatever she was saying. At least that way you could have probably understood her.Perhaps. Once, on a Håkon IV trek, I found myself in Balfour on Shapinsay and needing to purchase some stamps, I headed for the post office. My Scottish friends offered to come along and translate for me. Said me (in my foolishness): "Don't be daft--after the years I lived in Edinburgh, plus the fact I understand Norwegian, the Balfour post office will be a snap". Inside the clerk opened her mouth and made noise. I couldn't understand a word of what she was saying--and I fled in search of my Scottish friends. What ever she said, it certainly didn't sound like English to me!