While the Troll’s Tongue hike was the epic highlight of our recent Norway vacation, we had some fun adventures with your Uncle Derek and Aunt Carol in the following days visiting Bergen, Oslo and everything in between via the one-way Bergen to Oslo “Norway in a nutshell” trip, which consists of a train from Bergen to Voss, a bus from Voss to Gudvangen (highlighted by our view into deep green valley), a ferry from Gudavangen to Flam (cold and windy, gorgeous scenery, and getting onboard early to grab a seat up top is a must), the infamous Flam Railway to Myrdal, and then a train from Myrdal to Oslo. That was all in one day and the trip felt as long as my last sentence. You can find the trip here.
As beautiful as the scenery was, it got a little boring. After four or five majestic waterfalls, the next majestic waterfall no longer seems so majestic. In fact, we just started shrugging them off about halfway through our trip. But what didn’t get tired or affected by boredom was spending time with your Uncle Derek, who I’ve known since we were fifteen, and the lovely, and seriously funny Aunt Carol.
We shared way too much information with each other and had a good number of knee-slapping, teary-eyed moments of laughter throughout the trip. What do we laugh about?
- When in need of something, per your Aunt Carol, just yell out “Caaaaaarrrrrsooooooooon!” and then give your request (remember to get your Aunt Carol to demonstrate when you see her).
- To make your Aunt Carol laugh, just tell her it’s time to go “SHOPPINGGGGGG” and do a little shoulder jig with it.
- To see your Uncle Derek turn into a tongue-wagging dancing dog, ask him to do the “Pepper Stepper.”
- Your dad is known for using phrases like “getting his phone” when it comes to going downstairs to masturbate.
- Your mom has a knack for passing gas while my head is nearby the source.
The entire trip was one extended reminder life is about laughter and friends. I’m sure the person who coined the cliche about life being about the journey rather than the destination had gone on the “Norway in a nutshell” tour. And yes, that means life is all your mom because she is indeed my best friend!