I am hoping I won’t regret this 🙂 The staff have been fun so far. Not EVERYONE has a cane 😉 I don’t do cruises… because I am restless and easily bored – and because I have always worried I would be trapped on a boat full of people over 70…
I think not everyone is over 70… but my initial impression still holds… there is a couple sitting across from me right now who look younger than me but they are likely on their honeymoon so there is a good chance it will be me and the geriatrics… training for the future?
So far, Norway is that pretty girl with the perfect complexion and the rich daddy. She doesn’t have to talk to you. She doesn’t have to try. She’s got the world by a string and she just wants your lunch money.
Apparently Norwegians are reserved. So far that has been my experience. No one is rude and I am fascinated and impressed by the country – but no one seems inclined to indulge in idle chit-chat.
We haven’t left port yet and it finally started raining so I may feel more enthusiastic tomorrow. On the plus side, dinner was excellent, especially the cold salmon and halibut. And I found the unmarked Vinmonopolet and discovered that there are Norwegians who own operations in Cognac so you can buy a bottle of Cognac to take onboard the ship for only slightly more than a bottle of whiskey. The ship information has procedures on bringing your own alcohol onboard – that is how expensive liquor is in Norway!
It’s an interesting place and I am hoping some Norwegians will talk to me before I leave. So far the friendliest people have been taxi drivers in Bergen. Apparently a girls’ choir from North Korea is here for the Bergen International Festival (I am leaving Bergen too soon!). We were discussing how North Korea and Norway are about as far apart on the cultural and political spectrum as you can get.
I may be a little bored but it IS a beautiful country and apparently we can get a postcard stamped “Arctic Circle” in a couple of days so I think at least the scenery will be entertaining.
And I will try and bond with the geriatrics. It won’t be long before I have a senior’s discount – and I hope that won’t mean I have nothing interesting to say. I have my parents for inspiration – we always have to remember that my mom should get out her ID because she can get a discount – even if she acts at least a couple of decades younger… so I just need to find a senior with her vitality 😉
p.s. things DID get interesting but I wasn’t paying proper attention soon enough 😉