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We landed in Norway at approximately 5pm on Monday evening (but left the states around 11pm and flew all night long-- so we were pretty exhausted by the time we arrived yet elated to finally be in Norway). We rented a car and set out on our road-trippin' adventure across Norway. We stayed with friends of Taylor for the first night (but only managed to sleep for about four hours) and then started our 7 hour journey from Drammen (located just outside of Oslo, where the airport is) to Bergen. 

We treated our little road trip as an opportunity to see more of Norway than we would have had we opted to use public transportation to get around. We stopped at every single "spectacular view" along the way (which meant that we had a LOT of pit stops-- but I wouldn't have had it any other way). Driving through Norway was unlike any other road trip experience I've had before-- every last inch of this country is breathtakingly beautiful. I kid you not-- every last inch. I've been in awe since the moment we landed.

People always laugh at us for choosing to drive as much as we do. There's just something about driving that makes traveling experiences so unique. You see everything between point A and point B rather than just allowing the distance you travel to morph into a blur of simply trying to get from point A to point B. It means so much more to see all the in-between things and not just skip from one place to the next without paying attention to the journey. Plus, if we had chosen to not drive, we would have missed too many incredible views-- so yes, driving for seven hours the day after getting off of a ten hour flight was 100% worth it (even though it really did kick our butts and we basically went into a coma of exhaustion after doing so-- STILL, it was worth it).

We only spent a couple of days in Bergen (because we wanted to pack as much adventure as possible into this trip) but the days we DID spend there were pretty amazing. We got ourselves a quaint little airbnb right in the middle of the city. Waking up to little pops of color upon the buildings outside our airbnb window was such an elating thing for me. Every minor detail excited me. Downtown Bergen was absolutely stunning. This is actually my first time being in Europe and let me tell you-- this is different than anything I've ever experienced before. I've spent my fair share of time in Asia, which is incredible in its own unique and beautiful way, but EUROPE, guys-- more specifically, NORWAY (this is where I'd insert a million heart-eye emoji's if I could)!! I don't even have words. I've spent most of my time walking around wide-eyed and open-mouthed. I can't help but to physically react to the experiences that have come my way in this magnificent place.

We purposefully left our agenda wide open for the duration of this adventure. We've got a whole list of things we want to accomplish and experience, but we wanted to leave our schedules open to unexpected opportunities that may come our way. We welcome spontaneity. Plus, we're suckers for roaming. We spent a day walking the streets and admiring the exquisite and detailed architecture of the older buildings and the brightly colored houses that lined the fjord. We walked out on a pier and admired the grand boats resting atop the water. We found the cutest McDonald's in the whole entire world (and may or may not have eaten there multiple times?? shhhh). We got mistaken as Norwegians in the street (which I was highly flattered by because let's face it, Norwegians are gorgeous). I watched Taylor speak Norwegian to at least a dozen random strangers (he's so dang attractive when he's speaking Norwegian). We talked about some of the experiences Tay had while serving as a missionary in Bergen and he pointed out specific spots in which these various experiences occurred. We ate Norwegian candy. We did everything.

When I travel, I want to experience the little things that others experience in the country I'm visiting on a daily basis. I want to experience the things that they consider mundane and normal-- because I feel like those are the things that mean the most to me. We all get lost in the normalcy of our day-to-day life without ever realizing that some of the things we do every single day would be a new and unique experience to someone else in the world. Traveling teaches me to recognize and appreciate the beauty in the minor details of my own, every-day existence.

With all of the traveling we did in such a short period of time, we did have to make time for little cat naps here and there throughout the day. Never before have I experienced such intense jet-lag. It probably has something to do with the fact that I'm carrying a baby in my belly, but the first day or so here was nearly debilitating. It was hysterical, really. We'd be hit by sudden waves of exhaustion and be rendered useless for about an hour or so. We'd retreat back to our airbnb, crawl back in bed, and then cuddle while cat-napping, then jump out of bed excited and well-rested enough to take on our next big adventure. Traveling is fun, guys, but it also does quite a number on your body. But thankfully there's nothing a whole lot of water and a whole lot of sleep can't fix!

We rode a tram up to the top of the mountain to catch the view that overlooked the entire city-- I knew the view was going to be pretty, but I wasn't prepared for the reality of just how pretty it was. A subtle breeze tossed my hair this way and that as my brain tried to process the way the light hit each individual building, the colors popping here and there all over the city, and the dancing water in the fjord. Again-- I have no words for it. It was breathtaking. It was one of those views that you only see in movies or in photographs of distant lands. It was one of those views you only dream about-- not one of those views you could ever contemplate experiencing with your own two eyes. You had to absorb it all in little portions-- I'd stare off at one tiny little section of it, then close my eyes and try and etch it into my memories so I could keep it forever, then open my eyes, find a new little section and repeat. Photos don't even do it justice.

Anywho, I could write for hours and hours about how cool this whole journey has been so far. But I think you get the gist. I adored Bergen. I loved the character of the city; it was almost as if it had a personality all of its own. The streets were busy with life at all hours of the day. People, buses, cars, bikers, tourists-- you name it. There was a constant motion stirring in the streets. The walls seems to hold secrets of their own-- secrets they were willing to whisper only to those who were willing to listen. It was actually really hard for me to leave-- I'm one of those people who clings to the experiences and things that I love... but the cool thing about leaving things behind is the fact that we get to experience more of the unknown. We don't know what we're missing out on if we're too afraid or too attached to what we already know to take the plunge into the great unknown. I was excited to see what else Norway had to offer. I kid you not, leaving Bergen ripped a couple of my heartstrings-- but I guess that just means there's a little more room in my heart for new and beautiful experiences.


xoxo

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