Train and ferry to Oslo, Norway..,,

Trip Start Jun 28, 2009
Trip End Jul 16, 2009

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July 1, 2009

Got up early with anticipation of roads not travelled before. Today I need to get by train to Friederickshavn,  the northern tip of Denmark's Jutland.  Then find the ship that goes to Oslo.  I have only 45 minutes between the time the train arrives to get my ticket and get on the ship.

I walked from my hotel to the train station.  Felt like I really  knew what I was doing…did it three times yesterday.  Got my refund for the double ticket and got on the train for an uneventful ride to Fhavn.  I was a bit disappointed that the Internet on the train does not function between Aarhus and Friedrickshavn. 

When I got off the train I saw ships in the distance.  But there was no indication which was which and I had to find out quickly.  I saw a young couple headed that way.  They were going to Norway, too , and knew the ropes.  We walked together.  Found out quickly that the town theyh wer going to work in is Geillo.  That’s where Bev visited Monday Doh and her daughter  Anita a year and a half ago. They are Karen refugees from Thailand. 

I bought a ticket for the eight hour ferry and headed on board.  It is a huge ship. Biggest I’ve ever been on.  It has nine decks. I headed for the eighth to the promenade deck where I could be outside and get a good view. 

It is a picture perfect day in Fridrickshavn  (I keep spelling this city differently each time….looks just as wrong each time). 

We set out on our eight hour trip across the Baltic and up the Oslo Fjord.  I really enjoyed it a lot.  In a lounge I was able to quietly sit, read and catch up on some emails.  There was an Internet at Sea service, but I found that I could send anything I wanted from my Blackberry as it, too, had connectivity. 

About half the trip was up the Oslo Fjord.  It’s LONG!  The number of boats on it was phenomenal.  Houses and marinas lined the shores—the day was beautiful and sunny.  Everything looked so ideal.  Norway is a very wealthy country.  Scandinavia overall is very prosperous.  That’s one big reason they see little need to change their lives….what’s there to change?  Most don’t want any interference from  anyone.  They feel safe, they have need of nothing.  They have their own oil.  Norway doesn’t even need the European Union and has not joined.  It has a kind of "association" with it.  Yes, the trip up the fjord was spectacular. 

At exactly 6:30 PM we disembarked.  The person meeting me didn’t show up and finally I was able to reach him.  I was all alone at the Stena Lines dock.  Finally, I reached him by phone and we went to an outdoor café for a drink. 

Then Anthony and Marguerite Miles who live in western Oslo came by to pick me up.  I would stay the night with them.

They live quite close to where we held the Feast of Tabernacles in Oslo in 1997.  It is a beautiful area called Sunvollen (again most likely incorrectly spelled) which is absolutely breath-taking with vistas of lakes and fjords….and it’s just outside Oslo about half an hour.  We drove around and took some picture. It was still bright at 11:00 PM and good enough for pictures.  The photos that I took were mostly between 10 and 11 PM. 

Finally, we went to their home which, took, has a breath-taking vista of a valley.  We sat outside on a deck and talked until 1:00 am.  It was dusk…and they said that dawn would be coming in half an hour.  It was wonderful as we snacked on cheese, crackers and others goodies.  The Miles’ are so hospitable and kind.  They will be leaving for Holland (she is Dutch) and then the United States on Friday.  Tomorrow, I’m leaving for Karlskoga, Sweden by bus. 

I had an airline issue to resolve with Travelocity and was on Skype with them for a while before falling asleep at 2:00 AM. All is well. 
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