We got ourselves on the second airplane you see here. The photo was taken from the window in the waitinglobby. It was a rather small plane.
I bought my first digital camara especially for this trip. I was overjoyed. Now I wish for better camaras. How easily humans get spoiled... I also lost photos. I hope they are still on my old computer. So till that time I can not finish this travel blog completely. I had been translating articles for the official a-ha fansite for some time, so I got free tickets for a festival that was being organised to promote their new album in 2002 (Lifelines). I left with by ex-boyfriend (we already were ex, but we are still very good friends) and it was the first trip I planned myself. I was really proud of myself. I booked a planetrip and a stay in a hostel by internet. It was also my first time flying an airplane. I didn't know what to expect. I wasn't afraid or anything.
Ullevaal station, where the festival would be the next day.
We flew for an hour. I wasn't used to travelling this fast, so when I looked out of the window after a while, I figured we were flying over the Waddeneilanden. It all looked very Dutch. Than I was told this was Denmark. I never been to Denmark, but from above it really looks like the Netherlands! As soon as we left the plane in Norway I fell in love. I can't tell why. I just had a feeling I came home... We had a meeting with a Dutch woman who lived in Oslo. She was A-ha fan too. We met so she could hand me over some cassette tapes with the album from Jan Bang where Morten harket sings in one of the songs. The album was no longer for sale, that's why she copied it for me. I never saw or spoke to her again. I expect most friendships to desintegrate (I always hope the best friends to stick around, but you never know for sure.
We passed there dyke houses during our walk. I thought it looked very neat. Colourful. It was also very beautiful weather that weekend. But I think big concrete parts of the Netherlands could use these colours. Makes it a little exotic in wintertime.
But I'm not easy with calling people friends. Little separation anxiety... :S) Nonetheless she never spoke to me again. Maybe my face scared her. Nowadays I don't have a cassette deck anymore, so I can't listen to the album any longer. We picked up our gear and began to walk to our hostel. With me holding the map and pointing the directions. We had to walk a long lane, a park and there on the corner was our hostel. It was good, it was clean. It had no breakfast (hey, it was my first time booking a trip...!) and I couldn't pay by credit card (I had enough cash, but I'd rather had extra cash for some extra holiday fun and shopping.) We left our lumber in our room and went for a walk to the soccerstation where the festival would be, to get our tickets.
View from our apartment to the right and the way downtown. Where the supermarket is and the cafes.
In the evening there was a fanmeeting in one of the cafe's there. I even won a price in the lotery. I can't remember what I ate that evening. But I remember that everyone warned us about the expenses in Norway. But everything was so big, you could fill your stomach rather cheap actually. The beerglasses were about a half litre too for the price of one and a half little ones in the Netherlands. I found it sensationable that it never got dark during the night. But this means ofcourse that in the wintertime it doesn't really get light. I guess it would be great to visit Oslo with Christmas. But I always get so tired and down when the sun shines so much less here in the Netherlands. I don't think I could coop in a country where for a whole season the sun refuses to shine and it so cold outside.