Journey to the motherland - day 1
It’s 2:40am and I can’t sleep… It feels like 8:40pm to me.
Today was a travel day. We took off out of Newark, I was hopeful to get some sleep on the flight due to my large margarita in the terminals caliente cab mixed with a Dramamine, but no luck. The seats on United were so uncomfortable and small, I was up the whole 7.5 hours.
Ok, sooo everything is super expensive in Norway! My venti iced passion tea was $8 AND the venti here is the size of a grande at home. #firstworldproblems
Everyone else was exhausted so when we got to the hotel we all napped. I got in about 3 solid hours. Then I was wide awake, ready for our welcome meeting with our group and tour guide and dinner.
Well it seems that my sister, my cousin and I are the youngest by about 20 years and our tour guide speaks as though she’s on a permanent tranquilizer. We walked in late and sat I’m the back row. My parents were already there in the last row waiting for us. We’re like the rebels of the group. At least when compared to all the Snow White grandmas we’re surrounded by. Looks like our days will be starting at 7:30am everyday. #afternoonnap
Dinner was actually really good for a hotel buffet. I had a salad with smoked salmon, cucumbers, red onion and tomato with a balsamic reduction. And for the main dish I had stewed cabbage and carrots with cod fish glazed with some creamy magic sauce. Dessert was a apple cobbler covered in a sugary cream and a double latte. Ooh I also tried a local beer that’s brewed in Oslo. I want to say it’s called Ragnor, but I might just have Vikings on mind ;)
After dinner we went for a quick stroll around town. Everyone was sore and wanting to lay down but I was still wired! I went down to check out the gym and pool.
I found the gym, it was small but had an elliptical and a tv playing some Robin Williams so I was game. After I struggled for 30 minutes in the machine, I found the sauna. What the what?! It was so freakin hot in there my chain was melting into my skin! My nose hairs felt like they were on fire. I hopped in the circle shaped pool and cooled off. It was so peaceful, no one else but me.
I got back to my room to find everyone asleep. After a shower I also tried to sleep… And… Here I am. It’s now 3:00am and I could run a marathon. Well, metaphorically…
Things I’ve learned so far:
Takk means thank you
Heated towel warmers are amazing
Retractable shower heads are my friend (takk takk)
The food and water is incredible
I’m going broke on this trip
Tomorrow we’re off to Lillehammer. I hope I get some sleep soon, or I won’t look fresh as a daisy when I meet the Norwegian man of my dreams :)
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