Michele: I'm a vegetarian. An Arts student at Murdoch Uni. A Community Inclusion Officer for people with disabilities. A Waitress... Also, since this profile photo was taken, I've taken part in the World's Greatest Shave, so I'm now also rather ridiculously short-haired.
Alyce: I'm a hairdresser. In fact, I'm the one who shaved Michy's head. I like Billy, and shiny objects. This trip is my first time out of Australia.
Travelling through Scandinavia April 15th - May 3rd.
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May 1st 2009
Our last day in Norway was absolutely awesome! After a luxurious sleep in, little Gina made us breakfast - very cute. Then Lillian took us three girls up a mountain to play in some snow. We had a whole heap of fun. We then headed back down the mountain to the family's cabin (which is as big as their house) on the fjord. We ate a bbq followed by some icecream (with jam!) and the rest of the family met us and we all went for a walk... We got a little bit muddy but it was well worth it for the spectacular views. The girls (Lillian, Gina, Bri, Alyce & Mich) visited a waterfall on the way home, where they got fairly drenched. We've packed our things and are catching the bus to Bergen early ... read more
April 30th 2009
Hi everyone, We have made it safely to Bri's 'family' in Forde... It was a mostly uneventful trip. We left Flam and caught the bus to Hermansverk, and, thanks to a really friendly Norwegian dude, were dropped outside of our hotel. He was very amused throughout the trip by our inability to pronounce place names correctly, and also an interesting exchange a nervous Michy had about tunnels through mountains; Mich: This bus doesn't go through that dark, scary tunnel does it? Man: No... Mich: Oh, wow! Im grateful for that! I really, really do not like the idea of going through a mountain. Man: But we do have to go through that mountain over there. And that one. And... I think that one also. Mich: Oh. Dear. God. Man: Oh! And also, we go through what ... read more
April 28th 2009
If you go to the small town of Flam in Norway, you will probably hear a strange rumour about Australian women. Apparently, they seem to lack the basic understanding needed to operate showers. And bath plugs. And doors. And windows. So this is an official apology to all Aussie women who are affected by this rumour: we are really, incredibly sorry that it started with us. But, in our defence, it was far more embarassing to us than you. *sigh* To take things back to the begining... We spent 5 hours on the train from Oslo to Myrdal (we took some pictures of where we could have potentially almost frozen to death on account of our messed-up accommodation), then caught the Flamsbana to Flam. The train ride was spectacular - we especially loved Kjosfossen Falls. Our ... read more
April 27th 2009
After a nice walk this morning (and the best free breakfast EVER) we booked a taxi to the train station in order to avoid the death walk. Unfortunately, the only taxi in town was busy taking an old lady to hospital. One of the hotel staff insisted that she drive the "Aussie Girls" to the station free of charge - how could we say no? On the way, we received a question that we had heard from every single person we had encountered... "Australia.... so, may I ask... what are you doing here? " Charlottenberg was indeed a strange place to end up. Nice though. We caught the train successfully to Oslo, checked into our hotel (after a semi-killer walk) and then went out and bought ourselves some crazy clown pants! We are going to watch ... read more
April 26th 2009
Sadly, some objects are just not made for long and chaotic travels across Scandinavia. Mr Squidgy was one of them. A trusty blue and white spotted travel cushion, he served Alyce well on the arduous plane trek from Perth, through Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam to Bergen. He accompanied her through Oslo, Copenhagen, Malmo and Stockholm... Where he sadly met his demise. Twisted tightly around a hook on her pack for 11 days proved too much for the brave (and comfortable) cushion, and he finally gave up the ghost and dropped to the floor, scattering hundreds of polystyrene balls everywhere. He will be sorely missed. (But possibly quickly replaced for the flight home). May he rest in peace, where-ever the Stockholm garbage trucks take him... Apart from that sad news, not much to report. We spent the ... read more
April 25th 2009
This morning, with quite an effort, we managed to squeeze 400 years of Danish history into just 40 minutes at the National Museum - we were rather impressed with ourselves! We checked out of the Absalon Annex and caught the train to Malmo, Sweden. Here we were to spend 10 hours waiting for our night train to Stockholm, and trust us, there are certainly worse places to spend hours waiting. The town is absolutely gorgeous, and the main park completely picturesque, although overrun by geese (much to Michele's delight!).... We also visited the old Royal Palace (which turned out to house a museum, art gallery, aquarium and nocturnal zoo) which we thoroughly enjoyed. We are now just hanging out at the station, planning our few days in Stockholm and writing this blog... Our stay in Malmo ... read more
April 23rd 2009
It's our latest night yet (bar our night of heavy drinking on the ferry, but we don't want to talk about that) and given how full-on our day was, it's actually a remarkable feat we are still awake! We had a rather delightful breakfast at our hotel, followed by a canal tour. We saw The Little Mermaid, the Royal Palace, the "Black Diamond", the Opera House, the National Museum, some churches and the old Fisherman's Village. Then we headed to Tivoli - the Danish amusement park. We had an absolutely fantastic time - we rode every adult ride ( and many of the children's ones), including a swing that is 85 metres in the air, an assortment of rollercoasters, and a "sheer drop" ride that left our stomachs in our mouths. It was brilliant! SO much ... read more
April 22nd 2009
Our last day in Oslo was interesting. The three of us strolled down to the Cemetry (which is in the centre of town) to pay homage to the graves of Munch and Ibsen. Then Bri-Bri packed her stuff and headed to Haugesund to partake in some crazy metallic times (aka: the Karmaggedon Metal Festival)... Alyce and Mich wandered the streets of Oslo for a little while, before heading on down to the Nobel Peace Museum. It was really well designed, interesting and inspiring - the temporary exhibition (celebrating the 2008 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Martti Ahtisaari) featured some great quotes; "Do you want to win, or do you want peace?" The permanent exhibition was highly interactive, and we learnt alot about Nobel's life (he invented dynamite...ironic, huh?), the past recipients of the prize, and ... read more
April 21st 2009
We decided that whilst we had attempted some pretty full-on feats so far, we needed to challenge ourselves - I mean REALLY challenge ourselves - so agreed on eight desired sights to do in just ONE day... We awoke bright and early, (5:45am - though our parents probably don't believe us) and headed downstairs to the breakfast smorgasbord, where we feasted and also stole sandwhiches for later in our travels. We walked down to the T-Bane (Underground station) and caught the train to Vigeland Park, a park (in the middle of Frogner Park) dedicated to the works of Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland. We were completely blown away by his meaningful and sometimes confronting works. Our photos don't really do the experience justice, but will hopefully give you some idea of the amazing nature of the park... ... read more
April 21st 2009
We awoke at what seemed to be a ridiculously early time (although hindsight has taught us that we can always push ourselves further) and went downstairs, where the lovely, considerate staff at the Bergen Travel Hotel had put out breakfast for us early. (Incidentally, we just wanted to mention how helpful they were in every respect, and how much we enjoyed our stay there! If you go to Bergen, you should stay there - it's cheap, in the centre of everything, really beautifully furnished and the staff are, as mentioned, legends.) We trekked ourselves down to the trainstation - actually, it was more of a trot on account of the fact we were running slightly late. Eventually figured out our carriage and seats - turns out it was well worth the 50K (about $11) reservation for ... read more