One Thursday morning during breakfast in Uppsala, Sweden, where I studied for six months, me and my French Canadian corridor mate somehow got to talking about how cool it would be to go to Oslo, Norway. It's pretty close, right? We could go there... In fact, we could go there today. Why not? Moments later, my mate is checking on his phone what a train ticket to Oslo costs.
From 9 AM until 12 PM we had Swedish classes and there we told another friend about our idea. He agreed that it was awesome and wanted to come with, but he said that renting a car is much cooler than going by train. So after class ended we all took our bikes and rode to the nearest car rental place. We left our bikes there and drove off with a car! We went to buy groceries and alcohol, some throw-away barbeques and meat. We picked up the necessary stuff from our rooms, and off we went!
We were just daydreaming about going to Oslo that same morning, and now here we were, actually driving to Norway. We stopped at the first gas station and asked for a map. He didn't sell maps, so we asked: "Which way is west?" He pointed. For hours and hours we drove west without any sort of map or directions.
Our first stop was at this beautiful little lake. We set up our barbeque and enjoyed some excellent burgers and sausages. Here's me owning at BBQ'ing:
Next stop was Oslo. At like 5 AM we arrived there. But it was raining. And 5 AM. My Canadian friend checked the weather on his phone. It was rainy in Oslo... But it was sunny in Bergen. And Bergen is beautiful. Also one of the rainiest cities in the world, but it was awesome weather there today. So let's go there first, we all said. Bergen is in the west of Norway, but I mean, Norway is a pretty narrow country, right?
After several hours of driving we stopped at a gas station and asked how much further Bergen was. The men behind the counter shared a look. Bergen?! That's a fucking eight hour drive! Oops. We thought we were almost there. Time to get that map.
The road there was for the most part curvy, narrow roads through mountains. The views were extroardinary. Mountains, lakes, forests. Beautiful country! (Although it sucks to drive a car on a very narrow road and then getting trucks coming the other way. Scary!)
Typical view while driving through Norway...
We arrived there in the evening, and we were there that evening and most of the next day. Bergen is a very beautiful and old town. Here you can see Bergen behind me:
And a nice view of Bergen from higher up: http://imgur.com/7sGj1
Pic of fjord trip from my phone (click the images to see them larger): http://i.imgur.com/cI2PZ
Menu in the restaurant where we ate, in Bergen: http://imgur.com/S62kZ
Awesome place in Oslo where there are statues of naked people portraying different scenes: http://imgur.com/G6sEy
We walked all around Bergen, had a boat trip through the fjords, had a whale steak that evening, and then we went to Oslo during the night and spent the next day there. This was an awesome adventure and made me realize how easy it is to do adventurous stuff. All you have to do is to break your daily routine and DO IT. I live in The Netherlands, mere hours away from several other amazing countries. A weekend away with friends to another place can be something that you remember the rest of your life.
I want to do more of this... but for now, I will go to Colombia in two weeks!
But, really, you could go on an amazing adventure, even today. What's stopping you, right now?