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Published: August 16th 2007
A hot day in Hell
If you have ever been in doubt I can now assure you that Hell exists. I know, I have been there! I can also inform you that it's hot in Hell. So now you know that too.
Let's stop pretending why I wanted to go to Trondheim in the first place. OK, Trondheim is a nice town and well worth visiting. But the place I wanted to see most of all was a small village 30 kilometres away. A village named Hell
. Because the name sounds so odd in English the village draws quite a few visitors. I've been wanting to visit Hell Village for several years and now was a good time
It really was hot in Hell when I was there. That's not a joke. I was told by a Norwegian woman that on August 7 they had a tropical night, that is the temperature didn't fall below 20˚C at any time during the night, for the first time in 34 years. So it really was unusually hot that day.
The most famous place in Hell is the train station. There is a sign on the station saying "Hell". But
It seems like Hell has it's own city
there is another sign saying "God's expedition" making the joke even better. To be honest the sign says "Gods-expedition" and not "God's expedition" and "Gods-expedition" only means "Goods depot". The sign is actually written in Swedish just because it is such a good joke. The Norwegian spelling is "Godsekspedisjon" and that is not fun at all.
Well, my reason for visiting Hell is because it's a silly thing to do, and doing silly things is right in line with my character, and because the name gives me many opportunities to joke.
If someone in the future tells me to "Got to Hell" I can now answer "Been there, done that!".
There road leading to Hell - is that what AC/DC sings about in Highway to Hell
There is no church in Hell. I have checked it!
On I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That)
Meat Loaf sings "I'd run right into hell and back". I have done that!
There are rock engravings in Hell. Guess what they are called in Norwegian? Hell-eristning! (I added the dash for clarity)
Well, Hell sounds fun in English but in Norwegian it means "overhang" or "cliff cave". "Hell" can also mean "luck" in Norwegian.
The railway station in Hell
So, is there also a Heaven? I don't know of any and a quick search on the Internet didn't give any result. But my sister once saw a sign in a museum saying there is a village in France named Heaven. Not been able to verify that though.
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