“To travel is to live”…Hans Christian Anderson
“Once a year go somewhere you’ve never been” …Dalai Lama
August is our travelling month. This is the time of the year that we don’t necessarily go see anyone we know but rather get to know one another again through an adventure of our choosing, although some adventures choose us! This year, after some medical ups and downs, seemed like a great time to set sail, or airplane (not personal but rather commercial) and see what we can see. About a month ago, or less than that, when I realized that time was approaching school daze, I asked my FHB where he would like to go. The question barely left my lovely lips (his words) and he said “Norway”. Without missing a beat, I said “absolutely!”. We had a limited window of opportunity to plan this trip but with a bit of finagling and faith in people who know travel, the plans were made and the itinerary set. I learned quite a bit about the dynamic of setting a wishlist at the last minute. It is somewhat like watching the home renovation/buy a new mansion shows where the host asks the prospective client what they “must have” and then you watch as it unfolds into the what you can afford and what is realistic. I actually think we were much more reasonable within our time constraints and the plan unfolded. My only request, was that since Norway was really close to Denmark (about an inch away from Oslo to Copenhagen in my wonderful world atlas), that we could go and see the Little Mermaid and the Tivoli Gardens. And so among other places with names I have only seen as I pored over the maps and guidebooks, we will spend a few days in Copenhagen, after we visit the land of Thor Hyerdahl, Sonja Henie, and Roald Amundsen. We will eat herring ad nauseum. We will see the sunset later than we have ever experienced and I am told it never truly gets dark, but rather dusky.
I am trying to learn a few words in Norwegian and pack efficiently. I have a feeling I will be better at one and not so good at the other. The reality that we have our minds mostly intact, our spirits still strong, and our senses of humor which can carry us through customs and misadventures, makes me aware that there is a lot of world I want to see and now seems like the best time to start. You can follow me on Instagram @bblueiris13. I will possibly blog while we are travelling, but if not, please know that I will be back in touch with tales of Scandinavia @thoughtswhilewaitingfortheelevator/wordpress.
Have a great week. God kveld!