Norway, May-June 2019

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27-29th May
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27-29th May

After landing in Norway, we picked up our almost brand new hybrid hire car. The man handing it over apologised about all the scratches and dents it had already accumulated: "The Chinese are terrible drivers" he explained. Assuring him we'd take good care of his car, we loaded it up and tried to set off. After 10 minutes of pushing buttons and prodding pedals in various sequences, we sheepishly returned to the desk and admitted we couldn't work out how to make the thing go. After a quick lesson (and him now presumably thinking the English probably weren't that great at driving either), we set off. By the end of the holiday, we still hadn't quite worked out what exact sequence of button and pedal presses would consistently make the car drive.

Our first stop was Voss. Safely in our hostel, feeling a bit relieved that we hadn't caused any crashes on the windy roads, I went down to the bar and bought a 330ml bottle of beer (£8) and a can of tonic (£4, no gin; we sensibly brought that with us). This was going to be an expensive holiday.

Next stop was Flåm, a pretty village at the end of a Aurlandsfjorden, a branch of Sognefjorden, with a different cruise ship moored up every day, engines running constantly (it'd drive me mad living there). We stayed in a camping hut and explored the local hills and waterfalls, and took a trip up the fjord on an all-electric passenger boat. The cable to charge it was enormous!

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