Norway

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Norway

Photo: Pere Amoros

Let me do the introductions: Andrea from Colombia, Iris from Ireland, Zack from Malaysia, Mariam from Iran, Alfons a catalan guy, three triplet brothers from United States (who play to confuse us), Abraham from Argentina and Xiao, a Chinese girl.

The funniest part: they do not know each other! They have been in contact through a website where you search for travel companions and they decided to come to Norway all together. Madness, but we love the idea!

We meet in Bergen, known for its colored houses, we do a two-day route of the area before getting on the cruise across the Norwegian Fjords (ice breaking so they get to know each other, although the ice is breaking faster than I thought).
At 7am we meet up at the hotel’s reception. Today we will ride the train that has the most beautiful journey: from Myrdal, to the Flam Valley stopping in the Kjofossen waterfalls where we will enjoy the fairy’s magic.
By the way, the train works with the force created from the waterfalls which moves the turbines and generates electric energy.

-Good morning prince! – Mariam tells Zack while she shakes him.

-Wow, wow, wow! – he wakes up suddenly and places his hands on the window – Incredible, look at the river coming down the mountain.

Everybody laughs while Zack says that he has fallen asleep because of Alfons, who snored all night long.

-I think that was you- says Alfons-, I am going to change roommate.

-You wish- he replies with a half-smile.

Photo: Pere Amoros

After Kjofossen, we continue our route and I tell them the story of Fossengrim, the fairies that guard the waterfalls and the Norwegian fjords.

We rent bikes in Flam to cross the valley, and to eat, we have bread and a brown colored goat cheese from Undredal. Delicious!

After a couple of days visiting the area, we get on the cruise where waking up every day to those views is a gift. We find ourselves with cliffs, sea and mountain landscapes. An incredible sight! Alfons and Iris are early risers and they wake up every day to see the sun rise.

-You guys are so romantic…If it wouldn’t be because ‘someone like a Fossengrim fairy called my door every morning, I would keep sleeping- says Zack winking at Mariam.

-Who is now the romantic? -they ask almost at once the three brothers with almost the same tone while Abraham nods and laughs.

We spend the next few days visiting the fjords, hiking, eating fish like salmon, whale served with melted butter and cod from a fishing town called Nusfjord. Another amazing part is meeting fist-hand Norwegian customs and curiosities.

Photo: Pere Amoros

-I cannot believe this…in this cold! Am I crazy, can you see the same I see? There is a baby on the street in his stroller, right in front of the house- Andrea exclaims without moving and taking Xiao by the arm.

I smile because I know the reason, but I encourage Andrea to knock on the door and ask.
She comes back blushing and tells us it is a custom in Nordic countries.

-They say it is healthy to spend time outdoors, so babies take naps in their strollers on the streets under low temperatures.

-Oh, I would freeze to death…-says Xiao- Although to see the aurora borealis I would cover under layers of clothes just to watch the sky. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life!

I found a new career for me: photographer! I love it, the place is gorgeous and the pictures are spontaneous. They do not know, but the Bracap team will prepare an online album with these pictures, we will send it to their agency and they can give it to them as a gift to remember such a special experience.

This specific groups’ goodbye is very special and emotional as many of them have created bonds. With time, others came back to visit us to know another part of Europe: Iris and Alfons got married last month and Zack decided to move to Iran to get to know Marian more, the Fossengrim of his dreams.

Judit Tasies

Nómada, enamorada de viajar.

Judit Tasies

Dicen que nunca es tarde y así es: Durante mi infancia nunca había viajado fuera de España.
Ahora hace diez años que me convertí en medio “Nómada”. Enamorada de viajar, de conocer gente maravillosa por el mundo y de escuchar sus historias. Cada vez que planeo un nuevo viaje no puedo evitar sonreír y sentir una felicidad enorme.
Una pasión compartida por muchos de nosotros que es contagiosa y que crea adición.

Judit