If you read my previous blog, you’ll know that I had the most amazing experience exploring beautiful Eidfjord in Norway.
I honestly didn’t think it could get any better….and then there was Geiranger.
The cruise ship left Eidfjord and traveled all through the night to get to Geiranger. The following morning I woke up to find our vessel parked right slap-bang between a gaggle of HUGE snow capped fjords.
So…just to give you some idea of the view from my cabin window – you know those pictures they always use to advertise the ‘magical’ Norwegian fjords? They’re always on a perfectly still sunny day, with the clearest looking water you’ve ever seen in your life, capturing spectacular wildlife and waterfalls dotted here and there….
Well, it looked a bit like that. No, it looked EXACTLY like that….only way better. It was like total eye candy for the soul….and it was REAL, totally real. AND right outside my little window!
Once I saw what was out there I grabbed my camera and headed out to explore.
I didn’t have any kind of game plan. I just walked where ever felt right…which in that moment was a road off to the left that followed the water along a mild incline and up towards a steep hill.
Having lived in Austin, TX for the past 4.5 years my steep hill climbing skills are much weaker than they used to be when I lived in hilly Devon, England 😉 But luckily there were PLENTY of sights to ‘oooo’ and ‘ahhh’ at long before the rather scary looking incline. I was stopping literally every 5 mins, convinced each time that I’d seen the best views to take photos of.
It was a truly magical experience that I’ll never forget ❤
Thank you so much Geiranger, you’re awesome – but I’m sure you already know it.
The next two locations on our journey were Alesund and Bregen.
I’m slightly ashamed to say I decided to have a ‘hang out on the cruise ship’ day in Alesund and I was prevented from seeing Bregen due to inclement weather.
It was raining, a lot.
Just a heads up for anyone who doesn’t already know – I’m originally from the UK…so my opinion of what a lot of rain is may well be very different from yours.
In Austin, TX if it rains people act like acid is falling from the sky and they’re going to die. At the very least, they wont go anywhere. Plans are changed, people refuse to go out.
If they adopted that approach in England, they literally wouldn’t go anywhere. Ever. It rains more often than not. And by ‘rains’ I don’t mean for like 10mins here and there – I mean HEAVY rain for sometimes weeks at a time.
So when the cruise ship said the rain was making it unsafe for people to venture out, I stuck my head out and thought…
‘Pah. Really? I’ve taken my dog for a walk in worse than this’. 😉
But after standing there for a few moments watching the freezing cold sideways rain drench absolutely everything it came into contact with, the newly born Texan in me (who has gotten very used to almost 300 days of sunshine a year) thought….
‘ya know – getting wet and soggy isn’t actually that appealing, let’s go back inside and grab a drink or something’…
…to which of course the British part of me responded in total disgust with ‘Coward! You’re scared of a few drops of rain?! You can STILL have TONS of fun *even* in the pouring rain!!’.
Sorry Brit, it actually sucks being cold and wet….unless there’s a toasty fire, a cup of tea and a tray of chocolate digestives waiting for me….then it’s not so bad.
And due to the yucky weather we ended up leaving Bregen early as we were due to hit a nasty storm. They announced to the whole ship that we’d be hitting 10ft high swells and if we had any anti-nausea medication now would be the perfect time to take it.
Oh great. Hold on tight peeps, we’re about to hit Hurl Central.
The captain said he thought the rough seas would only last a couple of hours.
A few hours turned into 8….and they were 8 very loooooong hours.
This is a short clip of how it all started – when it got really rough I couldn’t stay upright (in this video I struggled to hold the camera up we were rocking around so much!).
Thankfully by the following morning everything had calmed down and we could continue our journey back to Rotterdam in a much more civilised fashion 😉
And after a 48 hour boat ride, a 9 hour flight, followed by a 2 hour flight, finishing with a 45min car ride….I was back at home in lovely Austin. It felt like I’d been gone forever….it was only 14 days.
What a super cool experience that I’ll never forget.
Thank YOU as always for reading this far. Can’t wait to see where life takes me next….
Oh! And I couldn’t finish this post without showing you an animal made out of towels. Ari my amazing room cleaning dude made me a different animal every single day.
Yes, he was a legend and a genius.