On the road again.
19.09.2011 - 23.09.2011
The train ride from Oslo central station to Gothenburg took a little longer than I had anticipated, this was not a problem though, I have always and quite luckily been blessed with a contented disposition where I rarely get bored! However, I will hold my hands up and admit to being a fidget, but I think that's allowed.
The train ride lasted 4 hours in the end, in which there was some reading, some card games, listening to some music and some soulful pondering out of the speeding train window out onto the Scandonavian countryside. I'm pleased we are taking such a unique trip which allows us to see this landscape which we will compare to all the different places we later visit.
(views from the train)
Leaving Oslo behind wasn't hard for me personally, I felt desperate to get the travelling underway. Oslo was a good experience and I enjoyed my time there, but it's difficult on our budget to live in a country that is up there in the top most expensive in the world. Sweden is known for being pricey too, but we have been pleasantly surprised already with how much cheaper it seems. Probably not that dissimilar to the U.K. but compared to Norway we will live like kings!
The weather so far in Gothenburg isn't anything to write home about at the moment, it's a bit damp, but it was the same when we left Oslo. With any luck it will brighten up and at least it's not cold. At this rate the thermals will be wasted money. The room we are staying in consists of two bunkbeds and a single, it's a bit cramped as all beds are taken, but as I always maintain, it's just a place to sleep. One of the guys is from Israel and has been travelling for months. The other we have not even met properly yet!
There is plenty already on the agenda that we want to do while we are visiting Gothenburg. Today we went to the Universeum, which is Scandinavia's largest science museum, there was an aquarium and indoor rainforest which was interesting. We took a detour back to the hostel in the rain so that we could check out the natural history museum as well. As with most natural history museums are it was a taxidermists paradise! still quite interesting to look about even though all the information was in Swedish.
(This was my favourite example of the taxidermy we encountered at the Natural History Museum)
We are hoping the poor weather will hold off for a day to allow us a boat trip tour of the city which would be nice, and due to the cheaper prices we can afford to buy some things from the supermarkets to make ourselves packed lunches! Bonus