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03 November 2006

Look out Norway . . .


I love making travel plans - the anticipation, the research, the discovery. Other than frustrating airline mileage redemption programs, I enjoy the entire process of planning for our next trip almost as much as the actual trip. A future trip to an unknown destination is just the escape one needs when the doldrums of evevery day life set in.

I have previously mentioned my frustration in planning our summer trip to Norway. After numerous tries we finally gave up on the idea of using our frequent flyer miles. Even after informing the airline that Stavanger is in NORWAY not GERMANY, it was impossible to use the miles unless we were willing to stay for six or more months. As the kids will be at Grammie and Grampa's house, six months seemed a bit of an imposition. So after a few weeks of research and searching different options, we have finally procurred tickets to Stavanger for eight days in June. I do understand that this more than six months away, but I now have plenty of time to anticipate, research, and discovery western Norway. Plus, some basic Norwegian must be learned as we will be visiting the family PH stayed with as an exchange student.

So anyone with information or suggestions about the area between Bergen and Stavanger, drop me a line. (This means you, Renny - although I know you are on the opposite coast). For now, I can be found ignoring my sick child (yes, that's why I'm home mid-day) so that I can troll the web and fantasy about my escape. Happy Friday!

10 comments:

Sunshine said...

Perhaps there is some quarantine zone we take all these barfing kids to??? And I'll make up martinis? Interested?

hexe said...

Sunshine - one martini and I'd be asleep on the floor as the barfing began rather early this morning. A martini induced nap sounds pretty damn good!

Expat Traveler said...

oh wow hexe - this sounds like so much fun! A dream come true, especially during some of the longest days of the year...

Wow wow wow... I'm jealous... I'd love to plan ahead but when I don't know what is happening with immigration, it's hard to dream, plan and think ahead right now.

hexe said...

E.T. - With two kids, Grammie and Grampa, and aunt and cousins to consider, I don't have a choice but to plan ahead. Still it is nice to have the plane reservation - it makes it official! Sorry about immigration - I guess immigration forces you to live in the now :)

Dixie said...

I was just thinking today how I'd like to go to Norway!

RennyBA said...

Soory I'm late as I am celebrating my birthday in my home town Posgrunn this weekend and not on the net on regular basis.
I'm so sorry you've had such problem getting your ticket, but sooo very happy it is now all setled!
Yes Stavanger is on the opposite coast to us, but I'll sure help you and provide you with all the information you want!
You have chosen a perfect time - Stavanger is beautiful in June!
I don't have your email address. Please send me a note to rennyba at gmail dot com and I'll get back to you!

Deb said...

It's never too early to start planning for a trip like that.

Hope your little one feels better soon!

RennyBA said...

Hope your well and that your plans for getting to Norway is on schedule!

EuroTrippen said...

We're tentatively planning a trip to Bergen in April... I don't know much about the area, but share your enthusiasm for traveling.

Here's hoping we both create fond memories of Norway in '07!

Astrid said...

There's a great hiking trip you can do just outside Stavanger.

You go into the Lysefjorden (fjord) with the ferry from Stavanger, then you either continue by car or take the bus for about 15 minutes to where you'd start the walk up to Prekestolen. All the way you'd have a breath-taking view either of the fjord or stavanger city!

If you don't like walking you could rent a kayak to see the same cliffs only from sea level, or even do the excursion cruise by boat.

Bon voyage!
astrid