Published: June 19th 2010June 19th 2010
Hallo Bergen, Norway!
I'll be back in a couple days.
It’s quite remarkable that I’m able to type fluently at the moment - I thought that the crowds were quite tame (albeit large) back on Independence Day in Reykjavik. Little did I know that (seemingly) all of Iceland was waiting for last night to party it up. Since I've been staying on one of the main streets (more pedestrian than car traffic), I do expect lots of noise… but an outdoor concert, on the street, in front of the bar (which was diagonal from the hostel) STARTING at 11pm? Oh, and throw in a bunch of soccer fans with blow horns.
Any other night would’ve been cool, but considering I had to catch the airport bus at 5am this morning, I was a little less forgiving lol. One of my dorm-mates was also planning on the 5am bus - we kind of looked at each other like, ‘should we just go down and enjoy it?’ haha. I gave it an hour before giving up and going downstairs for a look. The street was indeed packed with partygoers… I decided to have a beer and go back upstairs to attempt to sleep again. In all the commotion, I had
... without a patio? I had to try opening it, curiousity got the best of me - it just opens from the top as a window haha. I was worried there for a minute.
the joy of watching a very flamboyant fight outside the gay bar haha. Catfiiiiiight.
Music didn’t stop until about 2:30am. I had to get up at 4:15am haha. I’m a tad groggy.
I got to the airport and perked up a little - I really do enjoy airports… I think I’ve said that before, but it’s worth mentioning again. Keflavik has a nice layout to it, and again, it’s easy to people watch. It’s fun hearing all the different languages as Iceland really is a gateway between Europe and North America.
Bless bless Iceland! I’ll be back again!
Fastforward a few hours and I arrived in Oslo, Noway.
Soooo, sidenote: all the Scandinavian Airline workers I’ve come across are super hot. Just sayin’
Also, apparently I look Scandinavian because I keep getting spoken to in the native languages even with my lovely backpack that screams tourist.
Anyway, I got to my hotel without much fuss. Pretty good considering I’m out in the ‘burbs and really wasn’t sure where I was headed. Originally I was supposed to stay on a boat hotel down in the harbour… but uhm, about 2 weeks ago they got shut down for fire-code violations haha. So instead I ended up here - which is pretty fab and comfy. (Better be for the price. Ugh, Scandinavia - you will drain all my money)
It started to POUR rain about ten minutes after I arrived at the hotel. Considering the weather, plus the fact I was running on about 2hrs sleep I decided to pack it in for the rest of the day and be uber lazy at the hotel - time well spent organizing some final details for my trip, making a list of what I want to see in Oslo tomorrow, and just reading and relaxing as I watch the rain fall.
This is the life.