Norway – Day One or Day One and a Half??

The clock on my laptop tells me that it is 2:15 pm. I am sitting at the desk in my hostel room, eating a makeshift supper of watery apple juice, a banana and a chocolate chip muffin. It is 9:15 pm here in Bodo, Norway, and I am as tired as I have ever been. After 30 hours of travel, I am here.

The trip itself was uneventful. We left Saskatoon at 5:40 am on Saturday morning and arrived in Toronto at 11 am EST. We waited at the airport until 6:00 pm, which was when we boarded our flight to Frankfurt. I managed to sleep for an hour at Pearson Airport. I would have slept more had my friend not outsourced her protection of me to a stranger. I had asked if she wouldn’t mind watching my bag as I tried to sleep, and she agreed. She went to the washroom at some point and I woke up, sensing that she was gone. Across the aisle from me was a big African-American gentleman who kept watching me. I figured I just looked awful. When my friend came back, she thanked the man for watching me. I think the story was better at the time than it is now.

The flight to Frankfurt was very nice. The food was awful (see the video I posted on Facebook), but the cool TVs more than made up for it. I could plug in my laptop and my iTouch and charge them. I could watch any number of movies that were in their computer system. They also had episodes of TV shows and satellite radio. But the food. Ugh. I’ve never been on a plane that big before. It was absolutely massive.

We landed in Frankfurt at 7 am local time on Sunday morning – midnight in Saskatchewan. It was weird being served breakfast at 10:30 pm our time, and that’s when the body clock confusion began. I was beat before that, but after the Frankfurt flight, I became a walking zombie.

Frankfurt Airport is insanely busy (see Facebook video). It’s also rather industrial in its architecture, not giving it an exactly ‘homey’ feel. It’s also laid out in a rather bizarre fashion. It took us forever to figure out where we were going, and when we knew, it took us even more time just to get there. That is one ridiculously big airport.

We flew to Oslo at 11 am. Nobody asked for ID when we got on the plane; we scanned our boarding passes by ourselves. That flight was the bumpiest of the four. Oslo’s airport is stunning. It has wooden floors and it’s got tons of windows. The architecture is very Scandanavian – the Ikea effect. We somehow managed to skip customs, and when we went back to try and go through them, we were shooed away as if we were breaking the law.

In Oslo we had to re-check our bags and print new boarding passes, which was an experience in itself. At the desk we were asked to give a fingerprint, which was then used to let us board the plane. No boarding pass or ID needed. The flight was smooth and the view was terrific. It reminded me of flying over BC – lots of mountains, trees and snow.

We got to Bodo shortly after 5 pm, local time. We met up with two students from the University College of Bodo who took us to our hostel. I made a video about my room with my Flip, but it won’t load to Facebook. So I’m putting it on YouTube. Go here to see it:

After getting a few things put away, I went to a local grocery store with some others and found my banana, watered-down apple juice and chocolate chip muffin. Norway is expensive. Even though 100 kroner = $20 CDN, that $20 CDN doesn’t get you a whole lot – at least when it comes to food.

I’m far too tired to give you anymore details. I’ve posted some videos and pictures on Facebook, and another video on YouTube. Check them out.

Time for bed, then. I’ve got a bit of a sore throat and a pretty decent cold. And I’ve been up more-or-less for the past 30 hours. If you add in the fact that I didn’t sleep well on Thursday night and then only had an hour or so on Friday night, you’ll see that I’m running a huge sleep deficit. I’m actually falling asleep while I’m typing.

Tomorrow we begin our course on Northern Governance. The day is very light, as we’ve just spent 30 hours travelling here. I will take pictures and videos as I can, and post them daily. At least – I’ll try!

Love you all and wish you were here!

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