|Ma-ma, Pa-pa, Christian and Anna with the mandatory funny party hats!|
|There was another plate and other goodies too! Heineken is a must too!|
|Puss puss! (Kiss kiss)|
|Crayfish is one of his favorite foods.|
|Ha! I love candid photos! Ma-ma is so cute!|
Thursday "Ma-ma" brought in her home made glogg a Swedish drink they have around Christmas time with peeled almonds and raisins. Afterall we needed to be prepared to see Veronica Maggio at the Liseberg! This was a wind "cold" day and glogg was perfect! We missed Veronica, but who cared! It was my last night in town anyway and my "sister" had school in the morning. (I didn't get a photo of the glogg, sorry.
|Here's a photo of jacket shopping instead. I must prepare for colder weather!|
Notice there are bathing suits in the background? I guess I'm a California girl after all.
Everyone else still thinks it's pretty warm while I'm buying winter coats.
WELL!!.... Friday was incredible!
The goal today was to find my way out of Gothenburg and somehow end up in Oslo. I spent the whole night packing and cleaning my cottage. Just when I thought I was going to be able to fall asleep I realized that my "momma" would be waking up soon for work and I hadn't said "bye". I popped out of bed and made my last pot of delish "Fagerlund" coffee. We had a small good-bye fika and nailed out the plans of taking a buss to North-Western Sweden. From there hitch hiking should have been much easier since it's out of Gothenburg central and a lot of Norwegians go there to buy food and liquor since it's much cheaper in Sweden.
We finished our fika, I showered and through on my old acquaintance the backpack.... Hmmm, Wally. Yes, Wally. My travel companion should have a name right?
So off we went! I had planned on taking the buss right around the corner. Instead, I got a ride from "pa-pa" to the central station. We had one last cup of (terrible) coffee and I jumped on my buss. A-las!, Sleepy time! I found the last row of seats in the back of the buss since this one had *three* and Wally and I cuddled the whole way to Strömstad.
|I made sure to wear the fake wedding ring for hitch hiking.|
I woke up a bit groggy and confused. I wasn't sure which way was north or where the freeway was, or where the "toilet" was. I was ready to conquer this day and my fears! I picked up 50lb Wally and headed.... that way. I figured if I found wifi I could use my phone for a map and figure out where I needed to go. I walked a few hilly blocks and made a left. Yes! A Pressbyan another two blocks down! They always have free wifi! With the help of that and road signs I know new where I was going. Now, to find a toilet. Sheesh! With Wally it was going to be hard/akward. Just as I was thinking that I looked over my shoulder and there were two ladies heading toward the restroom. I was going to wait for them to come out so it would be free but they couldn't figure out how to get in. Fem (5) Kronor it was. Naturally I let the older ladies go first. Then I got inside and there was no place to hang Wally. I guess this means he's not coming off my back. That was interesting! I'm glad I have mega viking muscles in my legs!
So, off to the freeway *I guess*. It was so beautiful in Strömstad! There was no rain (thank goodness) only cloudy blue skies, birds, sun and an amazing little fishing town. I really wish I could have found a babysitter for Wally. 23 kilo is a lot to carry around. Plus, I needed to find a ride before the sun went down. Off I go!
|On the walk to the freeway|
I walked a bit then decided to make my sign, attach it to the back of my bag and keep walking. It was quite hot considering. So I went to a gas station to buy a map of Norway in case some freak accident happened. There I sat for a bit with my sign since there was quite a lot of traffic. It seemed like a bad spot after all. Okay, freeway on ramp I go. There an older lady stops me to tell me there is a ferry that will take me to Tonsberg. The second best destination for only 100 kronor. Nope! I'm determined!
|My first hitch hiking sign!|
My ride was amazing! We talked about Sweden, Norway, the US, food, nature, geography hockey and economics. Since we made good time he was going to drop me off at my destination.... where ever that was! We get into the middle of town where he thinks i'm going. He asks directions with no luck on where I'm actually supposed to be. Not even with the help of another girl's iphone. So, he needs to get to school and I don't want to keep him.
|Anna requested I grab a photo of him for her curiosity.|
I jump out of the van, rearrange my junk and turn the corner. There: is a guy who looks EXACTLY like the person who's place I'm supposed to stay in. I think to myself, "self: this is too good to be true!" I let my shyness take over and I decide to find wifi so I can call him. A block away I find wifi. Yes, OF COURSE that was him! I go back and join him and his two friends for a beer and that is how my ride from Gothenburg to Oslo ended. How incredible, RIGHT?! Stay tuned! More to come from Norway soon!
|This is where they were walking to when I saw them. I liked this sign a lot! "They've got... thirsty hitchhikers!"|