March 10th, 2008
Although being unemployed now, I couldn’t find the time to finish the end of my Norway post … so here it finally comes!
After so many hours of concentrated driving we finally reached Oslo. We drove to the place where we wanted to meet with our Couchsurfer, trying to find a parking lot nearby. First we got into a park house, but when we saw that they asked for around 8â‚¬ an hour we immediately left and looked for a space in a side street. We found one and paid half the price which is still a lot of money … Norway is really expensive, so that you have to pay the double of the price as you would pay in Germany, especially food.
February 8th, 2008
The new year we started (again) late and also felt lazy. But we wanted to go outside for another little hike and with the help of our map we found a pleasant one. By car it took us around 20 minutes to get to a ferry place. Instead of using it we parked our car and watched out for the hiking path. It was difficult to find but finally we saw a little sign behind some trees and so the entry point for the hike.
February 6th, 2008
It’s New Year’s Eve and Claire and I are in FlekkefjĂ¶rd. The day began with a smiling sun, but we managed it again to leave the hut, when lunch already should have been ready again. We chose a hiking trip just half an hour away by car and with the help of wonderful GPS systems we easily found the starting point for our trip.
We met an old couple that led us several meters through the woods until our ways parted. But before we reached that point we talked while walking and they told some stories around this place. They have been very friendly and it was nice to talk to them … meanwhile I also lost one of my gloves …
February 4th, 2008
When we returned from our exciting and life threatening hike, we longed for a lot of chocolate in our warm hut and spending a quiet relaxed evening. It wasn’t even 6 o’clock but it felt like it would have been around midnight … darkness never tells you the time. At least our wishes were fullfilled and a hot shower reanimated our lifes again
The following day we didn’t try to sleep too long since we wanted to visit Stavanger, a big harbor town on the west coast of Norway. Instead of choosing the fast road, we decided to take another route that lead us along the south coast, which we didn’t regret.
January 31st, 2008
When we finally arrived in Kristiansand setting my foot on Norway’s ground for the first time. It’s been already dark and the rain didn’t stop yet. The temperature was surprisingly high; 9Â°C and our hopes of snow decreased.
It took us about two hours to get to the hut. The road was full of trucks and they didn’t like me I recognized. The narrow, wet roads that reflected too many things and many curves and tunnels made it more difficult to drive. Moreover the different looking landscape distracted me and right next to the street was a solid rock face that I didn’t want to get closer to.
January 25th, 2008
After considering some possibilities where to spend New Year’s Eve, a new opportunity occured. A friend of my family has a little hut in Norway, which is empty during this time and since I’ve never been to Norway it would be a great chance. Claire also was immediately enthusiastic about that idea and so I reserved a ferry from Hirtshals (in Denmark) to Kristiansand that is in the south of Norway. I was surprised about the price and I didn’t expect to pay around 90â‚¬ for both of us and a car.