With bus through South-Spain

Travel route spain

As one of the few Norwegians who has not been in Spain, I decided to go there with some cheap tickets booked through finn.no. The search engine makes sure that there will be enough transfer time between the different flights, but in the search of the cheapest tickets, it sometimes picks departures that are far from each other. With a direct flight, the trip would take less than four hours. In my case, I had to travel for 14,5hrs.
When I got to Spain I went straight to the bus going to Granada, where I was going to meet a friend who I studied with in Costa Rica. He showed me around in the city and the castle Alhambra during the day and the nightlife in the evening.
On the third day we took another bus going to Sevilla, where he went skydiving, and we tried to meet up with another of the students from Costa Rica without having much success. In the city with around 700 000 inhabitants it was hard to find her, and I ended up going back to Màlaga where I will fly out from tomorrow.

For the time being here, I must say that it was not hard getting used to “siestas” between 12 and 2 every day and a temperature around 15 degrees even at the beginning of March. It will be harder to get used to the stressful life with work and internship and 4 degrees that are awaiting me in Bergen tomorrow.

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Celebrating NYE in Bremen

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I´ve never discovered the geniousity of Ryanair before now. It´s noisy, small, crowded and it doesn´t allow you to bring a carry-on that is one gram heavier or one centimeter bigger than the limit, but it takes you from point A to point B safely and really really cheap. A one way ticket was 48NOK (plus the 100NOK visa payment fee) and since the hotel was less than 250NOK a night/pp and food and beer did not cost much in Bremen, the trip was easily worth it´s costs. During the week we stayed there, we went to a shisha lounge, some museums, visited some friends of mine and spent NYE out at the bars. The food selection was great: restaurants with traditional german food, and other international restaurants. Bremen Science Center can be recommended, as well as a bakery coffee shop called “Backfactory”.

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The Polar Express with NSB Minipris

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As I had never been much further north in Norway than Bergen, and since it is possible to travel anywhere in Norway by train for 199 Krones(NSB Minipris), I had to pay a visit to Bodø. 
The end of November and the beginning of December is supposed to be the best time for seeing northern lights in Norway and Bodø is a city right over the arctic circle, so we were really optimistic about having a good view of the lights. After four days, of all day darkness, we decided to take the 22hour trip back to Halden, and our final exams there.

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Oops, it seems like I did not bother to write about my travels in this country, but don’t you worry. I will probably come back there sometime in the future, so stay tuned!

Couchsurfing Stockholm

Sometimes the things you want to do is not that unreachable. I managed to do two of the things I wanted to this weekend: visit the capitol of Sweden and couchsurf. A couple of days before I went, I had been on couchsurfing.com and gotten in contact with people living in Stockholm who had a couch to offer me.
The first night I spent on a horsefarm about an hour outside of the city center. The people hosting me were two friendly girls who were living in a small cabin with just one small room for kitchen, beds and table and another one for shower, sink and toilet. I felt really bad taking up the last of their floor space with my foldable bed, but they ensured me that they were glad to host me and that they were okay with me stepping over their beds to leave in the morning.

The mediaeval bar: “Sjätte Tunnan”

I spent the second night downtown Stockholm in a punk-ish girls apartment. As soon as I got  there I was asked if I wanted to go out with her and her friends to see a movie and have some beers in the old city. It ended up with a nice cultural experience, where we sat in a castle-like bar, where they served mead, fresh bread and roasted meat, discussing politics for the election that was going to take place all over the country the next day. Now I just wish that we had that kind of bar in Norway, and hope that Norwegian couchsurfers show the same kind of hospitality towards people who are coming to visit our country and to get a Norwegian cultural experience.


For only one thousand Norwegian krones, I will get three travels with train in Sweden. The first one being this weekends trip to Stockholm, the week after that a trip to Lund in the south of Sweden, and on Wednesday me and my friend took a daytrip to Gothenbourg for a daytime pubcrawl. My ticket gives me free pass on all trains travelling in Sweden, and can be used for for five days in one month. Sweet deal.