|Into a paper cup|
The first week of our 5 week trip through Europe is coming to a close.
We made it through Norway, which was amazing. We had a pretty rough first night through. We were supposed to land in Oslo, sightsee for a few hours, and then take the night train to Stavanger. But, there are no trians from Stavanger to Oslo on Saturdays...every other day, even sunday. Oi. So, we looked for hostels in Oslo, but they all were full. We decided to spend the night at the train station, which I was actually looking somewhat forward to because the station is inside and there's stuff to do. But, they kicked us out at 1:30 in the morning because it closes. It was freezing outside. We wound up at Burger King for three hours, until 4:30. When we were about to leave, we noticed our friend's baggage was missing. It had been stolen. So we had to go the police station in Oslo at 5 in the morning and fill out a report. His luggage had his mp3 player, digital camera, clothing, and most importanty his passport in it. Oi. All this on the first day of travel. A bit discouraging.
Since then our travels have been much better. We went to two fjords, though I can only remember the name of one of them, Lyseford. It was amazing. We hiked from Pikestolen the fjord for four hours. The weather was quite foggy and hazy on the jounrey up the mountain. Some of the lakes we passed were frozen and there was snow on the ground as well. The view from the top was amazing though. I've seriously never seen anything like it in my life. We were up at 604 meters. By time we reached the top, the haze lifted for about 30 minutes before it settled back in. I felt bad for the hikers we passed on the way back down the mountain because it was a tough hike to make and they would only be able to see the fog. Plus, it started raining.
The other fjord we saw by ferry. There was this awesome waterfall that the ferry went right up under. We got to drink directly from the fall. The water was so clean and crisp.
Today we crossed the border from Norway to Sweden. I'm in Linkoping right now, a city of about 150,000. My dad's family is from Sweden. It was funny to see the reaction from a swedish guy when he heard my last name, as it's very swedish but my appearance is asian. He said, "woah, I didn't expect that."
Tomorrow, we're to explore Stockholm, although we were just warned that it's technically Easter, which is funny because earlier when we were in Norway the Korean embassy was closed because it was Easter. (But luckily they made our friend a temporary visa.) Hopefully some places will be open.