Trip Start Dec 16, 2007
28Trip End Jan 11, 2008
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About three inches of snow fell overnight and we will probably need all the 1 hour and 45 minutes we have allotted to get to the bus station from where will take the bus up the west coast of Sweden to Oslo, the capital of Norway.
As usual, we had a lively breakfast conversation. Stefan was out shoveling so that we could easily get the car out. From the Saxin's the road to Gothenburg is half country roads and half freeway. We saw a bad one car accident of a vehicle that had left the road and wrapped itself around a guard rail.
Olga kept repeating to me not to worry about the time. We had plenty of it. We drove by where both Olga and Bernt work and where Stefan went to Gothenburg University. Gothenburg is Sweden's second largest city.
We got the bus station about two minutes to ten. The bus leaves at 10:15 am. I went to get tickets, but found myself at the wrong bus company. The clerk directed me 100 yards down to the Sweda Lines busses. I ran down there and was second in line and asked for two tickets that she started to hand over to me. But their credit card machine was broken and she advised me to go to the cash machine around the corner. I went and got Swedish Kroners after a few falso starts at the ATM because everything on the screen was in Swedish. I ran back to Sweda Lines, grabbed the tickets and ran back the 100 yards to find Bev and the Saxin's at the Nils Ericksson terminal. They were concerned about where I was. When Olga saw me she said that we still had time: about three minutes. We got our luggage into the baggage compartment and climbed aboard. Just in time. We waved to the Saxin's and off we went to Norway. No panic, no worries; plenty of time. Four hours later we arrived at the Oslo bus terminal next to the train station.
In Oslo we met a very interesting young man who has been reading our Church's literature for a year and has researched us thoroughly on the Internet. He has a special love for the Truth and is very committed. Beverly and I enjoyed our conversation about how he had come to understand and apply what the Bible says. He reminds me so much of my own experience about when I came to understand simple biblical truth and had to make hard decisions and commitments at a young age. I felt very alone, but found that God blessed me with opportunity after opportunity and many wonderful relationships over the years. This reminds me about the statement that Christ made in Mark:
Mark 10: 29 "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's,
30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time - houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions - and in the age to come, eternal life.
He brought us to his home and served us dinner of salad, salmon and boiled potatoes with gravy.
What's the best way to visit our people who live in Trondheim eight hours north and the other new family who live half-way to Bergen? We decide to take the 8:07 am train to Trondheim in the morning. Bev and I then went walking around town to see if there were any more reasonable hotels near the train station. We find that everything is booked up solid for Wednesday night, the night before flight to London and then home.
Travel tip #23
If you complain of prices being high anywhere, please plan a trip to Norway. With gasoline $11 a gallon, a restaurant meal $60 and on and on, you will be cured of complaining about high prices where you live after living in Norway. Travel to Sweden will seem really cheap (sort of).