Portugal and the Algarve Coast

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As a 25 years wedding anniversary celebration my parents had booked flight tickets to Faro for the whole family and rented a villa for a week in Luz, close to the city of Lagos. 

Most of the days were spent sunbathing and swimming at the beaches along the Algarve Coast. Out of the three beaches we visited (Luz, Lagos and Albufeira) I thought Luz was the one I liked the most. Even though it was small, a bit rough and lacked sun chairs I found it good to be left alone from sellers, waterscooters and hundreds of other tourists. 

In the evenings we went out eating and drinking in Lagos. The atmosphere in the restaurants was good during the evenings, but in the night it became flooded with noisy British and Scandinavian tourists and loud music.

I must say that family trips have changed quite a bit since the last time I was on one(about 10 years ago!). The main difference was to have freedom of doing whatever I wanted: I could sleep through the mornings, I could take a taxi to go out in the neighbor town Lagos, or just lay by the beach or the pool sipping beer. 

Even though beach holidays are not my favorite, I had a really good time. All in all, it was probably the best and the last family trip of this kind.

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Driving job to Berlin

If someone would ask me if I would like to go on a trip for free, I would most likely say “yes”, but if someone asks me if I would like to go on a trip and get paid for it I say “hell yes”! My teacher asked me that last question, with the connotative meaning being that she would rent me a car, pay for gas and ferries and give me some pocket money for moving her stuff to her new bought apartment in Berlin.
With turbodiesel on our car and no speed limits on the roads, me and my friend got to Berlin after few hours of driving off the Colorline ferry in Denmark. Even though we had just planned being in Germany for less than a day, we had rented a luxurious junior suite at a five star hotel in Berlin. We were both happy that the room had two bathrooms with rainshowers after sitting so many hours in the car, and as soon as we had showered we went out to the clubs at Schleissiches Tor to meet some friends that I studied with in Austria. After just a few hours of sleep, we drove the thousand kilometres back to Oslo thinking about the fact that my teacher just paid for all that.



With bus through South-Spain

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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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