18 Jul 09
Day 1 (Saturday, July 18)
Woke up in Oslo at Petru’s place, after a night-out in the city and only 3 hours to sleep.
I walked to the train station, where I met with the sailors with whom I will travel on the ship Mathilde.
We took the train to Dombås, where I was playing cards with Sandra and Jenny, and sitting in the restaurant car alone while the others were sleeping.
In Dombås we changed the train to Åndalsnes, seeing great scenery on the way.
In Åndalsnes we took the bus to Ålesund, where we will stay at Volsdalen Camping.
We set up 3 tents (lavvo) and played some icebreaker games to learn our names.
Later we prepared a BBQ with fish, rice and pølse. While waiting for the food we tied a line between 2 trees and tried to walk on it, with me not being able to stand up on it.
Hakan came to visit me as he just lives in the area in a small town (or village as he calls it).
Later we played volleyball, and card games after I twisted my ankle a bit. It began raining after the rainbow appeared on the sky, and we retreated to our tents.
The population of my tent was bigger than in the beginning, with Edoardo, Sandra, Jenny, Marie, Maxi and Katrin. Plus the food.
It was raining a lot and there was lots of noise from the rain drops falling on the tent.
Day 2 (Sunday, July 19)
Waking up early we prepared breakfast, with me adding instant coffee to the porridge because I didn’t have a cup to drink coffee. Everybody was laughing about it. Later I borrowed a cup from Luba so I can drink coffee like normal people.
We left with the bus to Vigra island, where it was cloudy and cold.
We returned to our camping place when it began raining, having to run to the bus stop as we were waiting in the wrong place. We had dinner outside in the rain.
I woke up in the night all wet because it was raining so much that the water came in the tent, through the matress and the sleeping bag, and my t-shirt was all wet.
Day 3 (Monday, July 20)
Woke up wet and stayed in the camping kitchen to try to dry my clothes.
We packed the tents and left Volsdalen Camping, taking a bus to Ålesund. It was raining non-stop.
In Ålesund we went straight to our ship Mathilde. I borrowed from Michael the first mate an orange costume used by fishermen, to protect myself against the rain.
The ship left the harbour, and we were off to Runde. We got introduced to the crew, and Michael assigned numbers to us and distributed us to different watches (steering, outlook, navigation, "be nice" watch).
We arrived in Runde in the afternoon, and we went for a walk around the island, stopping at Runde Kafe for a long time, to warm up with some coffee and cake.
When we got back to the ship we had to tie hammocks to the ceiling using the knots we learned.
Then we went to sleep as all the lights were turned off on the ship.
Day 4 (Tuesday, July 21)
Woke up early on the ship, but nobody was up until 07:30.
Then we left Runde and did a bit of sailing.
We arrived in Kvamsøya in the evening, where we went on a nice hike to the top. We took some group pictures there then came back to the ship. I was walking slowly because I sprang my ankle again and was afraid to walk faster.
We had to go to sleep very early as the plan was to wake up at 04:30 to pass the Stadhavet waters.
Day 5 (Wednesday, July 22)
Woke up at 04:30. To my surprise almost everybody was awake and on deck.
We passed through the rough waters of Stadhavet quite easily, but felt the big waves and the motion of the ship. Fortunately nobody was sick.
After Stadhavet some people went to sleep, while others continued to enjoy the view.
After the tour we returned to Selje where we used the shower facilities, then enjoyed the sun on deck, even having lunch there. We changed to summer attire as it was very hot, and we did some suntanning on the ship.
We arrived in Rugsund in the evening, where I spent some time playing Fluxx and Munchkin, while Sandra was reading bedtime stories to Jenny and Anders. Other people were at a pub where they went with the rowing boat.
I slept on the bench as the others complained I was snoring too much in the hammock. This apparently didn’t help as I was to find out next day.
Day 6 (Thursday, July 23)
We left Rugsund early and set course to south, going in a zig-zag through the fjords and islands.
I got to try steering the ship with the rope-rudder, trying to hold the course through islands and keeping right when there was another ship coming.
We had some lessons about the names of sails and ropes, which were hard to get because they were in Norwegian.
We passed Florø on the way and were sailing in Brufjorden south of Florø. We got to raise the big sail and changed the sailing direction a few times, going against the wind. With all these activities we had time to make a group picture on deck.
In the evening we arrived at Svanøyna, where we dropped the achor (which had a rusty chain and was not used in many years).
I left with Vidar, Julie, Maxi and Katrin with the rowing boat on a tour around Svanøyna.
After we came back we played cards on deck, and learned how to braid bracelets.
We went to sleep close to midnight, in the middle of the small golf, with no waves. The ship was rotating by itself, but very slow.
Day 7 (Friday, July 24)
I woke up early. This time there were other people from the crew on deck, and I had coffee and cake with them.
After breakfast on deck we relaxed for a bit, while some people tried to climb the mast using only the ropes.
We left the golf and did some more sailing in Brufjorden, stopping on the way for lunch. It was the last meal on the ship. Me, Jenny and Maxi prepared the tables, and I had lots of problems understanding Gunvor’s accent, and many times I had to get some words translated.
After the lunch we arrived in Florø, where we had only one hour for sightseeing.
Then we took the express boat to Bergen. On the boat I slept a few minutes, then enjoyed the view on deck, and afterwards we played cards on the floor, with me winning almost everytime at President. That is until we restarted, and then I began to lose a few times.
We took the night train to Oslo. There was a dog in our compartment and we were complaining that we cannot sleep with him there, but there was nothing we could do. I slept with the eye cover over my nose, having a beer first in the restaurant wagon.
Day 8 (Saturday, July 25)
Woke up in the train to Oslo around 05:00 and went to the restaurant wagon to have a coffee.
We arrived in Oslo around 06:15. Everybody was sleepy, and we said good-bye and went our own way. Me, Jenny, Sandra and Ingrid stayed in the train station waiting for our trains. I took the bus to Drammen with Jenny and Sandra, and then the train to Larvik, finally getting the bus to Skien from there.
I arrived home around 11:00 and went to sleep for many hours.