Destination Norway Day 1 Journal: Alone with Child, Travel Notes, Challenges, Norwegian Phrases

This is journal entry 1 including Norwegian phrases and travel tips. I have embarked upon a 14-day Eurail trip from Oslo, Norway into Bodo, Norway in the Arctic Circle with my six-year-old son ‘The Little’. We are traveling from Sarasota, Florida. We will be stopping for overnights in cities, guided adventure tours, and to explore Viking heritage, the places that inspired Disney’s, Frozen, and Sami culture. These are the Daily Journal Entries from both of us.

Destination Norway Day 1 Journal Entry

I woke up precisely one minute before my 6am alarm went off. You know it’s kind of like that when you have a big day ahead of you. Well, today is a big day because today, I am traveling alone with The Little for the first time ever on a 14-day trip through Norway. I’ve already explored my fears and excitement. Today was all about accuracy, efficiency and endurance. We had a 24 hour travel day ahead of us which involved two flights, a club lounge, a train ride and a cab ride to the Thon Hotel Slottsparken in Oslo. I was determined to do it all right with no hangups, plenty of sleep, a decent healthy diet, and lots of fun the The Little.

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Leg 1 – Sarasota to Tampa International to Newark airport

Here we opted for smoothies instead of carb, sodium and fat loaded airport breakfasts. This was plenty enough to get us through to lunch. In Newark, we had a challenge. I found out I had to get an important document printed, notarized and overnighted to back home. Here’s what I discovered about doing that at Terminal C in Newark:

  1. There’s a supervisor’s office near gate 127 and 128 in Terminal C that was nice enough to print a 27 page document for me.
  2. There’s a Notary at the United Club Lounge in Terminal C. She’s awesome and didn’t even charge me.
  3. There’s no way in heck to overnight anything from the airport (but the hotel we’re at was happy to print the shipping label I purchased on UPS and they are picking it up).

When we got to Newark we headed straight for the SAS Lounge at Terminal B where we enjoyed unlimited refreshments, light food, and wine, beer, liquor assortments. There was plenty of places to plug in and get some much needed work done.

Travel Tip: Buy your club lounge tickets when you check in online. They are only $30. YOU CAN NOT BUY THEM AT THE LOUNGE.

In the SAS Lounge at Terminal B Newark International Airport

In the SAS Lounge at Terminal B Newark International Airport

Leg 2 – Newark to Oslo

This was going to be a long flight. From 7:55 PM to 8:05 aM. The Little is having growing pains lately and finding it very difficult to sleep. Something I did not want to deal with on the plane. So, I packed a little Benadryl (which I didn’t have to use but was glad to have just in case). Of course I had my peppermint and thieves essential oils for a headache-free and germ free trip.

 

Travel Tip: on a red-eye flight, be sure to go to sleep at any time that allows you to get at least 4 hours of rest. We went to sleep at 10 pm (well The Little did, I suffered a terrible neck ache which I woke up with 3 days prior to leaving).

snoozer

Leg 3 – Oslo Airport to Thon Hotel

Getting through Oslo Airport, Gardermoen is easy. Once you get through customs just go to the right all the way to the end and you’ll see the Airport Express Train  where you can buy tickets. For us, we took the C platform (down the escalator) to City Center where we caught a taxi to the hotel.

Being silly on the Airport Express Train

Being silly on the Airport Express Train

Travel Tip: You can get to the outside ground level through the bus station. The taxis all take cards and there is NO TIPPING OF TAXIS IN NORWAY! YAY! 

My favorite parts of the day was hanging out in the SAS Lounge while we waited for our plane. I got to play games, I had cookies and hot chocolate and saw the planes come in. I got to play Minecraft for hours. On the SAS plane, I liked that they had a cup holder and wide isles. Plus they gave me a cool finger puppet and sticker book. I loved the train we took at the airport. It was super fast and had big, big windows. I got to see all the snow as we passed by.

The Little

SAS kids pack

Here’s a Quick Guide to Norwegian Phrases

Ja – Yes (pronounced yah)

Nei- No (pronounced nigh like night without the ‘t’)

Vær så snill –  Please (pronounced vosh il snay)

Takk – Thank you (pronounced tokk)

Vær så god –  You’re welcome (pronounced vasha god)

Unnskyld –  Excuse me (pronounced oonshay)

Beklager – I am sorry (pronounced  bit-ee-al-gade)

God morgen –  Good morning (pronounced goo mourne)

God kveld – Good evening (pronounced goo-kvell)

God natt –  Good night (pronounced goo-natt)

Snakker du engelsk?  Do you speak English? (pronounced snakker doo engelsk) 

Jeg snakker bare litt norsk.  I only speak a little Norwegian. (pronounced yag sna-cade baday leek-noshk)

Hva heter du?  What is your name? (pronounced va-hay-ya-dayd-doo)

Jeg heter –  My name is (pronounced yigh-hay-ya-dayd)

Jeg forstår ikke –  I don’t understand (pronounced yigh fooshstoy eek-ya)

The Outcome

The mission was a success! We did it all and everything went as planned. The Little got loads of sleep. I got loads of watching him sleep. Now, for some Norwegian adventure…

To be continued

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Special thanks to Visit Norway USA. While they are funding all air, hotels and meals, this in no way shapes my opinion of my journey through Norway.

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Do you have any Norwegian phrases you want to add? Or maybe you’d like to fix my pronunciation? Please leave me a comment below!

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

4 Comments on this post

  1. I love some of your pronunciations. Some of them made me really laugh (no harm intended) and then some of them was really good

    Annette / Reply
  2. hmmm, no tipping the taxi man?

    coffee in a cup / Reply

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