Decimating Decimals / Decimando Decimales

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WE SPENT TWO nights in Trondheim, Norway. Beautiful, charming, historic, young city, and beautifully situated. I’ll share lots of photos and stories in coming weeks. Trondheim is the unofficial northernmost city in southern Norway. We arrived yesterday in Bodø, above the Arctic Circle. It’s also beautiful, charming, and magnificently situated. But most of the city was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombs, so very little remains of its historic past. While San Geraldo does research at the Archives (trying to find info on dead relatives), I wander, explore, hike, climb, and enjoy every minute. I’m off for another walk, a visit to the city museum, and then coffee with a cousin. So many stories and photos to share … soon! Top photo is the view from our hotel in Trondheim. Bottom photo is the view from our hotel here in Bodø.

One euro is currently equal to 10 Norwegian kroner (NOK), which makes conversion in our heads very easy, one would think. When I told San Geraldo the rate, he began to “cipher” by drawing numbers in the air. I said, “Jerry, just move the decimal point one position to the left.” He tends to make things more difficult than necessary. The next night, we went for a walk and passed an elegant restaurant. The menu board outside announced a 6-course meal for one person was NOK 999. I did a quick conversion and said, “Wow. That’s a cheap meal. Less than 10 euros for six courses.” “Mitchell,” said San Geraldo, “you’re supposed to move the decimal point ONE position to the left, not two.” Those who can’t … teach!


PASAMOS DOS NOCHES en Trondheim, Noruega. Hermosa, encantadora, histórica, joven ciudad, y muy bien situada. Compartiré muchas fotos e historias en las próximas semanas. Trondheim es la ciudad no oficial más al norte del sur de Noruega. Llegamos ayer a Bodø, sobre el Círculo Polar Ártico. También es hermoso, encantador, y magníficamente situado. Pero la mayor parte de la ciudad fue destruida por las bombas de la Luftwaffe, por lo que quedan muy pocos restos de su pasado histórico. Mientras San Geraldo investiga en los Archivos (tratando de encontrar información sobre parientes muertos), deambulo, exploro, hago senderismo, escalo, y disfruto cada minuto. Me voy a dar otro paseo, una visita al museo de la ciudad y luego café con un primo. Tantas historias y fotos para compartir … ¡pronto! La foto superior es la vista desde nuestro hotel en Trondheim. La foto inferior es la vista desde nuestro hotel aquí en Bodø.

Un euro es actualmente igual a 10 kroner noruegas (NOK), lo que hace que la conversión en nuestras cabezas sea muy fácil, uno pensaría. Cuando le dije a San Geraldo la tasa, comenzó a “descifrar” dibujando números en el aire. Le dije: “Jerry, solo mueve el punto decimal una posición hacia la izquierda”. Tiende a hacer las cosas más difíciles de lo necesario. La noche siguiente, salimos a caminar y pasamos frente a un restaurante elegante. El tablero del menú fuera anunció una comida de 6 platos para una persona era de 999 NOK. Hice una conversión rápida y dije: “Guau. Esa es una comida barata. Menos de 10 euros por seis platos”. “Mitchell “, dijo San Geraldo, “se supone que debes mover el punto decimal UNA posición a la izquierda, no dos.” ¡Los que no pueden … enseñar!

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

30 thoughts on “Decimating Decimals / Decimando Decimales”

  1. Can’t wait to hear more! You sound like you are really enjoying yourselves. You on walkabouts and San Geraldo in stuffy archives.

  2. Exchange rates can have some interesting and surprising outcomes. Divide by 10 would be the easiest for me.

    1. Debra:
      That’s why I snapped that photo. It appeared to just be a dark sail, but I liked the look.

  3. Touche SG!!! lol
    Love the look of Norway from here. Happy digging to SG and happy exploring for you.

  4. Now for something completely negative (surprise, surprise, surprise). The very thought of Norway gives me the shakes! I know the reason, and despite your lack of interest, I will share. We need some flashback wavy lines here. When I was about fourteen, one of my junior high school teachers decided to take the class on a field trip to the theater to see the movie The Song of Norway (urp!). That has got to be the most excruciatingly boring movie I have ever seen! I guess the teacher was trying to “culture” us on the music of Edvard Greig. We couldn’t even sleep learn from that turkey! Now, nearly fifty years later, I still suffer flashbacks. Okay, wavy lines can dissipate now.
    I don’t even want to get started on the math, here. I’m happy that you guys are happy.

    1. Deedles:
      The Song of Norway! Ugh! The country of Norway! Amazing. Put that JHS teacher behind you. This is a truly breathtaking country.

  5. “But most of the city was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombs”

    When I think of World War II prior to America’s entry, the three things that come to mind is the Nazis overrunning France, the Battle for Britain (in which first Coventry, and then, more consecutively, London was blitzed), and the surprise attack on Russia. It’s easy to forget that the Nazis were poking holes in the the rest of Europe as well, such as Norway.

    1. Kirk:
      The stories we’ve been told about the occupation are horrifying and heartbreaking.

  6. Yikes, good thing Jerry caught that – you would have spit out your expensive meal when you got the bill 🙂

  7. My mother was a first-generation American. Her mother came to the U.S. from Norway when she was 12. I don’t know when her dad arrived. My parents took a great trip to Norway a number of years ago. Although I’ve complained about moving so many times (always because of my ex-husband), one move I’d like to make is to live in another country for a while before I’m too old to enjoy it. I watched a Norwegian movie last night, so now I have Norway on my mind as the place where I’d like to live. It looks so beautiful.


    1. Janie:
      Jerry’s grandfather came from north of Sortland and his grandmother came from Bergen. The first time anyone in their family returned to Norway was when we brought his mother here in 1998. It was magic. And Norwegian remains magic for us. It IS beautiful!

    1. Urspo:
      Except for the weather, I would LOVE to live here! And that wouldn’t necessarily stop me.

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