After barely getting into Sweden and hitchhiking across it, we took a bus that took us to Oslo, Norway. The bus didn’t even stop at the border and our passports were never asked for so it was no problem to get in.
First of all- Norway really is as amazing as you’ve heard it is. We spent the longest time here out of anywhere else on our trip (other than Costa Rica). Jason needed to get there in time to apply for a new passport that would take three weeks for him to get. He applied for it three weeks and one day before his flight. At first he was denied entrance into the embassy without an appointment. He ended up talking his way in and successfully applying for a new passport though.
Our trip to Norway was long anticipated. A little back story- When Jason came back to California the second time we were supposed to have one month before he went back to Costa Rica to work. A month passed and he was not contacted about it. He wasn’t in a hurry to leave so he didn’t contact them either. One month turned into many. We found a place to live together. Two and a half years passed and one day he told me that he finally got the e-mail. He was going back to Costa Rica. Obviously I wanted to go. He said of course I could, but there was one thing- he wasn’t coming back. He wanted to go to Norway after. He said he’d pick the cheapest place to fly into Europe from Costa Rica then hitchhike the rest of the way up.
Of course I wanted to see Europe too- and he wanted to show it to me. But I would be coming back, and he wouldn’t be.
We always joked around that if one of us was going to leave the other we required two weeks notice. To be fair, he had given me about an eight or nine month notice, and I had just tried not to really think about it yet. Who knew what could happen in the next nine months? Either way we were on the brink of a grand adventure and I had to do it. No matter how it ended.
We decided we’d both go to Costa Rica and then straight to backpacking Europe together with the end goal being Norway, where Jason would fly to Svalbard (in the Arctic Circle) and we would split ways. So arriving to Norway was bittersweet.
We spent the first couple of days in Oslo, which looks like this:
Oslo was a great introduction to Norway. We drank the jagermeister that was gifted to us in Copenhagen, explored, and enjoyed the weather that alternated between sunny and rainy. We had a few more weeks before our flights to different places, so we decided to check out some other parts of Norway next…