Sverige Day trip…

Hol√°!

The whole international team went to Sverige, so I didn’t want to miss out. I’ve been training yesterday, will go on a MTB-Trip 2morrow, so today was a good rest day…

I’m sooooo lucky that I’ve got my car here!!! That gives me soooo much freedom. You just have to get used to the SLOW driving, maximum speed is 100!!!! at the highway… Most of the time it’s 70 km’s/h… But that’s okay and I know that you should be within the speed limits otherwise you have to pay a huge fine!!!!

Sandefjord...
Sandefjord...

I met the others @ 9 a.m. at the harbour in Sandefjord, about 40 km’s further south from Horten… All in all we were 20 people, Katie organized everything and I really felt like being a tourist! I haven’t had this kind of holiday trip for ages… The past few years have just been sport holidays… But for one day being a “bus tourist” was okay…

When we got on the Ferry we couldn’t believe what we saw! The Ferry was huge and inside it was like a big shopping mall!!! Tax free shopping is very common here and u safe some money – still, Scandinavia is VERY EXPENSIVE!!!! ūüôā but beautiful… We went shopping on the ship and it was sooo funny because the ship was bouncing all the time, you felt like a drunk person, whenever you wanted to grab something from the shelf you lost balance…

doesn't look like it's windy and cold but it was!!!...
doesn't look like it's windy and cold but it was!!!...

2 h ferry to Sweden, shopping and sight-seeing there, back on the ship in the late afternoon… and OH NO I got sea sick:-( and that just feels HORRIBLE!!!!! I wouldn’t be the person to spend my life working on the sea… But I was not the only one… A lot of people felt the same way¬†like I did… People sitting on the floor, in the toilet next to the sink, being ready to have something close to when they have to through up;-)… I don’t want to go into further details…;-) Oh, I was just really happy that we had land underneath our feet again…

Strömstad, Sweden...
Strömstad, Sweden... SWE...

 

Swedish candy...
Swedish candy...

 

Arancha and Barcha...
Arancha and Borcha...

Back @ my car, I had a parking-ticket on the front-shield saying that I didn’t pay the fee… (which I actually did but the machine just withdraw 1 kr (10 cent) from my credit card… instead of 5 ‚ā¨…) 35 ‚ā¨ fine!!!! hm, i guess sh…. happens…;-(

Canoeing trip…

…got back from a quite adventurous canoeing-trip near Tonsberg…

the woodlands...
the woodlands...

We started off in the morning at 9 a.m. with our spanish armada to another excursion… The best of it – the university pays for these excursions and that means we don’t have to pay anything!!! (isn’t that great!!!???) As spanish people are NO lame people they were singing the whole 1h bus ride to the woodlands… That was really funny;-)… I think the bus driver wasn’t used to having a fiesta early in the morning…

...in the bus...
...in the bus...

We got to a beautiful lake in the middle of nowhere, hopped off the bus and settled the canoes… Kari-Anne gave us an introduction “how to use the canoes” and except from Kathi, Siles and me no one of the others have ever been on a canoe before… It’s sooo interesting when different cultures¬†get together!!! We have¬†Ramish from India, two girls from Ecuador, Katie, Siles and Tori from the States and let me just think – 10!!!! spanish amigas and amigos and me from Austria… So quite international… And they really appreciate getting out there and exploring nature!!!

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Angel...
Angel...

It was raining the whole time we spent on the lake paddling and everybody got soooo soaking wet but everybody enjoyed the trip!!!!

on the lake...
on the lake...

Ramish, from India didn’t get it how to use the paddle but therefor he had a strong Spanish guy at the back, steering and paddling… It was sooo funny because they were always somewhere stuck or going the wrong direction;-)..

...nooooo, don't go this direction...
...nooooo, don't go this direction...
the team...
the team...

…first excursion to the Oslofjord…

Got here on Sunday afternoon, Monday information day at Vestfold University College, meeting the buddies, registration, student activities,….

Vestfold University College, Bakkenteigen
Vestfold University College, Bakkenteigen
...our buddies...
...our buddies...

Tuesday we already went on excursion by boat to the Oslofjord…

leaving to the Oslofjord... 

the crew...
the crew...

I¬†felt great when we left T√łnsberg, to go on a beautiful, wooden sailing boat and stay overnight @¬† a former military house @ Bol√¶rne island in the Oslofjord. Well, it must have been the shrimps that offended my stomach, so I didn’t sleep well and was feeling like sh… the next day. In the morning I couldn’t eat anything (and yes that is NOT normal because I LOVE TO EAT!!!), everybody else was eating and I was just sitting there gazing on my plate where there was nothing on to eat;-(… The others left to explore the beauty of the Island and I couldn’t, had to stay behind and lie at the couch waiting for them to come again and to finally see my bed back in Horten…

If you are sick, you just have one thought: “Where is my bed?” I need to lie down and recover as soon as possible!!!…

...on the way...
…on the way…

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In the afternoon the taxi boat arrived, we got¬†back on land and the teachers were so kind to bring me back to my car, where I drove back to the student’s house and¬†finally lie down… Before I had to stop at the very expensive supermarket;-) to buy some Kn√•ckebr√łd and Coca Cola. That usually helps when¬†you have stomach problems… But it didn’t… It took me a few days longer to recover – well, finally I’m¬†feeling fine and strong again…

I’m a bit lost…

I thought it will be easy to study in Norway when everything is being taught in English – wrong thought!;-)

Nobody told me that the sports courses would be taught in Norwegian!!!! Okay, by now I speak a few words and I understand a little but…. further than that I tend to understand NOTHING!!!! ūüė¶

So first day sports class: Ballbasis for Ute/inne – we did some basics with the ball and Trine our Sports teacher told a nice guy, named Andr√® that he should translate for me… After that we had Orientering, learning to read the map where we are right now and a lot more…

The students have been really nice, kind and helpful and as I just have to do the practical sports courses, I’ll be fine…

Getting started….

Oh my god – I finally got up here!!!! It took me days sitting in my car and driving all the way from Innsbruck up to Horten, Norway (1h south of Oslo)

Horten, South Norway
Horten, South Norway
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www.visithorten.com

I started my journey on Thursday 17th August and arrived on Sunday afternoon, not even knowing where my sleeping place for the next couple of month is going to be;-)

So after having a lot of stress @ home with working and moving in our new flat (yes, I have again moved to a flat – I think it’s the 4th or even 5th time that I have moved within is it 2 or 3 years? well, can’t remember, or I would have to think really hard… and as I forget A LOT OF things (not on purpose of course;-)… it’s toooo hard work 4 me;-)…

Where have I been? Oh, yes – I left the whole stress behind and left our beautiful country AUSTRIA!!!! to drive up all the way through “beautiful” Germany (I just saw the highway and a lot of FAST driving cars…), where I stood a couple of hours in a traffic jam, and finally arrived Denmark, where I stayed for the 2nd night… Oh it was delightful not beeing on the German highway for any longer!!!! Everything got sooooo stressless and when I got up to Sweden and then to Norway – wonderful!!! No fast driving and no German Mercedes in my “neck”;-) Don’t misunderstand me, I love to drive fast but¬† maybe with a Ferrari it’s cool but not with my Volkswagen Caddy (my car and home) where I don’t have Airbags and where I’m not sure if my brakes will work for 100%…;-)

I could write for hours about my trip on and in my car but I don’t want to bore you;-) I was just very happy that I took the chance, sat in my car and drive instead of flying because that gives me a lot of freedom up here in Norge…

Melissa Presslaber *** Professional Freeskier / Freeski Mountaineer ***