by Fredrik Skavlan, with translations by Andy Meyer


After dedicating his political career to efficiency in the elder-care system, the time had come for a reconsideration.

Lille Berlin

lille berlin

-Did you hear about the guy who was paid to work out for others on Insta, Facebook, and other workout apps?

-What do you mean? Like a ghost gym rat for social media?

-Yeah! For 250 kroner, you got photos from inside gyms, with little texts about how great it was and updates in the workout apps, while you stayed at home and took it easy.

-It’s totally wild what people are willing to do to maintain the image of a successful, happy life.

 -Yeah, what a bunch of crazy people.

-OK, I’m heading home to watch Melodi Grand Prix, so you guys go in here and take pictures like we agreed. Tasteful photos where it looks like I’m having a good time. But no licorice shots. It has to be single-hop ales. Cool?

by Ellen Ekman, with translations by Andy Meyer

This article originally appeared in the Jan. 21, 2022, issue of The Norwegian American.

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