Today we invaded Norway as Modern-Day Vikings sailing from the South ... for a bit of rape, plunder and pillage. Ok, so the reality was that we arrived by land in our plastic land-ship ... for a bit of eating, sleeping and sight-seeing.
Much as we liked the notion of being a modern-day Ingvar the Far-Travelled making his way to the Caspian Sea in the early 11th century, our travels to far, far away were a very pleasant affair ... empty roads, dry weather, low speed limits ... enabling us to arrive in Oslo by 1:30pm (after setting out just after 7:00am).
The journey was completely uneventful apart from the encounter with an old original Mini-Cooper ... which was also on Swiss Ticino plates ... heading in the same direction to Norway. However, the young girl driving the Mini looked a bit aghast when she noticed us waving ... perhaps it was the fear or rape, plunder and pillage ... who knows!
Also noticeable were the array of wind-driven electricity blades ... enormous ones every so many kilometres. Oh, and those deep red barns on the farms, with the funny shaped roofs ... I'm sure they must have borrowed the design and colour from the Mid-West of the USA.
On arrival, we had lots of time to wander the streets and check out the harbour, but not quite enough time to visit the old Viking Ships Museum, not to the mention the Polar Exploration Ship or the Kontiki Tour Museum.
On the positive side, the physical exercise was great, and the late afternoon dinner was a treat. Karen had Oslo fish and chips from one of those white tents in the background ...
... while I had whale stir-fry from a different white tent. It looked and tasted like beef or buffalo, but the girl promised me that it was whale, and the sign said whale in Norwegian.
What do you think?
The other good news was that this meal sold at a ocean-side stall only cost $10 per head ... whereas a medium-sized pizza in a local restaurant was anywhere from $30-40!!!!
Tomorrow, we head over the mountains to Bergen ... on the west coast of Norway. Then the real journey will start ... after we spend a day with Vincent Wall's mate, Erling.
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