I took the ferry to Norway today. Thankfully it was an uneventful crossing. I’m prone to seasickness, and this is the North Sea, known for its wind and its swells, so I was extremely grateful that it was a nice and calm day. A friend did the crossing to Kristiansiand a couple of weeks ago and posted a hilarious (and horrendous) story about their nightmare crossing. It was windy, they were delayed, then everyone was barfing on the boat because the waves were so big. AWFUL! I was a bit worried, but thankfully didn’t have the same experience. What I will say is there were so many babies, toddlers and kids on the boat, holy cow! I’ve heard the Scandinavians had a lot of kids, and it’s true. I felt like I was in a kindergarten! The crying, the screaming, the whining! And that was just the adults! (kidding) I had my ipod cranked up, so I barely noticed the noise. TGFIP (thank god for IPOD!)
Almost there! My friend Michele was picking me up at the ferry, so I didn’t have to do any work to get to where I needed to go (which is her house in Sandefjord!) At this point of my trip, that is such a relief. Getting there is half the fun, but more fun if you have a map. I was a bit tired today too, because I just can’t get used to the fact that it stays dark so late here! Ever since Amsterdam I’ve really noticed it, and it’s throwing my body clock off! When I think it’s 8pm, it’s really 10pm. The birds were chirping in Hirtshals this morning at 3am! I had to put my earplugs in to get back to sleep. It’s a little maddening… I think it must drive some people a bit crazy who live even further north where you have the 24 hour sunlight/darkness. You just NEED the light/dark signals to tell you when to go to bed, wake up. Well, at least I do!
We went and had a great dinner in town tonight. We were going to go to this Indian place, but it was full, so we had Chinese/sushi instead. Can I say that the Norwegian sushi was actually very good? I am really missing my usual ethnic cuisine that I have at home. That’s not to say I haven’t had some great meals in Europe, but it’s the Asian and the spicy that is part of my usual diet that I’m just not getting here. They even had spicy tuna! We rode some bikes because did you know that Norway is even more strict with their drinking and driving laws than Vancouver? I think it’s .2 or something, so when you think you might drink, you ride a bike. We met some of their friends for dinner at the restaurant, she’s an American and he’s Norwegian. First thing she asked me was “did you get your jacket at Lululemon?” Yes, they are well known worldwide! I’ve seen people wearing it too and asked them where they got their Lululemon from… who knew yoga wear would be a conversation starter? It was a great evening with great conversation and a wonderful start to my Norway adventure!