Hey guys! I’ve been bugging Chris for a while to write something for the blog, and was able to entice him by proposing he write about his favorite topic – food! See below for his take on European cuisine. 🙂 Continue reading “Best Eats in Europe”
Egypt was an adventure, mainly because it was a learning experience. It was my first time in a third-world country, and the differences were more striking than I had expected. Continue reading “Why an entire month in Egypt was overkill”
We were both excited for our extended stay in Germany, so we made sure to spend time in three major cities: Hanover, Berlin, and Frankfurt.
We noticed here that the military presence in Germany was much lower than other locations in Europe. It was the first time in months we’d stepped off a train without being greeted by fully armed, uniformed guards. Continue reading “A Sampling of Germany”
Order a Guinness in Dublin, or anywhere else in Ireland, and it will blow your mind – it tastes nothing like what you might be served in the USA. Continue reading “The Guinness Storehouse”
From what I’ve gathered according to the many other lovely travel blogs I follow, there’s so much more to Amsterdam than the red light district. Continue reading “A Night Out in Amsterdam”
Italy. More Europe.
More old buildings, churches, and cobblestone streets. Continue reading “On Driving and Eating our Way through Italia”
We’re all settled in our new home in Chapel Hill, NC! Continue reading “More coming soon…”
After much preparation and anticipation, it’s finally here – we made it across the Atlantic and have arrived at our second stop – Tromsø, Norway!
We arrived in Norway on the 22nd, and after a long haul arrived at our Airbnb accommodations in Oslo, which turned out to be a less than stellar experience. We were ecstatic to arrive today at our amazing cottage with a view of the water and ski slopes here in Tromsø – little luxuries like heated bathroom floors and a clean, operable kitchen are oh so valuable for us Californians trying to adjust to a new time zone, not to mention arctic weather and lack of daylight hours!
Norway is undoubtedly a beautiful country, even in the winter. Rolling hills, a beautiful skyline, and old-world architecture are given an ethereal, winter wonderland vibe when dusted with snow.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to venture out much while in Oslo as our waking hours didn’t mesh well with the city’s seemingly early curfew during winter time. That combined with the fact that Norwegian nightlife is not the wisest choice for those on a budget really limited our options.
Despite its challenges, Oslo did yield the opportunity for us to witness the daily changing-of-the-guards ceremonies at the Royal Palace while walking through Slottsparken, and watching youngsters sled and slide throughout the beautiful park cloaked in white powder.
Climbing to the roof of the Opera House was another highlight, as was being issued a “warning” in the subway on the way to the Oslo central station.
But here, for my second post, I thought that I should focus on the many mistakes that we’ve already made at the start of our journey.
Everyone told us that buying an 85 L backpack (Chris’ pack) is a bad idea because if we have the space, we WILL fill it. We figured we would be smart enough to leave some wiggle room in this pack for adjustments, i.e., picking up items we forgot, shifting items from my backpack to his, etc.
It turns out, everyone was right. We filled both packs to the brim, and now it’s too heavy! We’re going to need to send stuff home.
The fact that it’s winter and that we started our trip in the arctic didn’t help the situation, since we had to pack multiple heavy jackets and cold weather items that took up a good portion of empty space in our packs. Once it warms up, we will be sending all of these items home.
Today, we plan to sort through everything we packed and decide which items we can do without for now.
2. Mismanagement of the dreaded jet lag
We made the fatal mistake on our first night of waking up at 3am local time, watching Netflix until 6am, and then proceeding to sleep until 1PM! This was totally unexpected and unplanned, and we have yet to find a way to beat it!
We’ve been here for 4 days now, and we woke up at 1pm again today, even after setting alarms to try and get ourselves out of bed at a decent local time. It’s just not happening!
It’s difficult to get into a new rhythm when there’s no sunlight at any time of day – there is about a 4-6-hour window of “daylight,” during which the sun is nowhere to be seen.
If anyone has any tips, I’m all ears!
3. Paying too much for public transportation
Upon exiting the plane, we were so tired and eager to get to our destination that we ended up falling into the tourist trap of the airport express train at Oslo airport.
We paid around 360,- NOK (about $40) for both of us to ride the train just a few stops, when it turned out that there was a much cheaper, local train that stopped just at the front of our Airbnb.
This was poor planning on our part. But, now I know to research these small details ahead of time, because it’s obvious that the savings can definitely add up!
Thanks for reading! What was the worst mistake you’ve made while traveling?