Trip Start Mar 23, 2007
Trip End Jul 01, 2007

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

'kay well...this manic traveling thing has reached an all time level of lunacy! Yup, I've just got back from a full filled 36 hours in Norway -crazy! Now, I know I harped on for ages about Barcelona and how 'super' it is - and I still hold true to that - but Norway is incredible! It may not have the energy and charisma that Barca exudes by the bucket load, but it does have an undeniable air of simple beauty that kinda takes ur breath away at every turn. There is something to be said about Scandinavia that can't really be described unless you've experienced it first hand.  Granted I spent an unbelievable two weeks touring Norway last year, but I just couldn't say no to another opportunity to visit. 

As you all know, my best mate Craig and his girlfriend Trine have been in Norway for the last 18 months. Trine is heading back to SA to work at UP MRI again for a year - so she kinda arranged a little get together with all her mates at her parents' cabin on the fjord just outside Trondheim to say cheers. Craig, being the good friend that he is - and knowing that I'm absolutely banana's about anything to do with Norway - suggested that I pop over for the craic - I couldn't say no and leave him in a cabin filled with Norwegian girls all by his ace now could I! I landed at Vaeres airport in Trondheim round 12am and was whisked back to the cabin to do some catch up drinking with the Norwegians! It was seriously good fun and completely surreal dancing like a prat in a little cabin at 3am with a bunch of snow crazy, hyperactive Nordic types - life is a wonderful thing!
We crawled out of bed on Saturday and in true Viking tradition headed into the forest for a walk - it was sunny after all! It's like nothing I have ever seen before, and because its spring here every thing was lovely and green - including carpets of spongy moss covering everything! I was being a showoff and hurling myself of the sides of the mountain onto the stuff and enjoying the soft landing - only to be outdone by Paul (the guy in the suspenders) who did a perfect back summersault off an old WWII German army trench onto the moss below - wicked. BTW - the hills around the fjord where the cabin is are covered with old German trenches and gun points that were used to guard the German battleships in the Fjord. The entire fleet of German warships were kept in the fjords to hide from the allies during the war, and it's pretty weird seeing the overgrown remnants of the Gerrie occupation dotted all over the place. We arbed around for the rest of the day and had a long kuier into the wee hours of Sunday morning. Craig and I were enthralled with the Norwegian birds teaching us all about cross-country skiing, building snow-caves and how easy it is to freeze to death when trekking around in the snow.  The gypsy traveling life is grand;)
And as soon as I had arrived, I was back in the car and back off to the airport for the flight home. I can say with complete conviction that I absolutely adore Norway. It's the most beautiful country I have ever visited (that's the scenery and the locals folks ;) ) and have already started scouring the web for 'Learn Norwegian in 24hrs' courses and
www.nordicbrides.com in anticipation of my immigration there.  Thanks to Craig and Trine for spoiling me and making every other country a mild disappointment when compared to your place!
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