Yesterday I exchanged a few messages with a Norwegian friend of mine. We ended up deciding that I would visit her this weekend. Where does she live? Elverum, a town about 2h from Oslo (Northeast) by bus or train.
– ‘Hi, Hugo!’
– ‘Hello! How are you doing?’
– ‘Fine, thanks. You?’
– ‘I’m good, thank you. Very excited about visiting you in Elverum!’ – said I when I met her in Oslo. She came to Oslo for working reasons and we were offered a ride to Hammar (a town that is quite close to Elverum) by one of her colleagues.
It had been such a long time since I sat in a car… This is one of the biggest changes in my lifestyle since I left Portugal. There I was driving or being driven almost every single day. In Oslo, I use public transportation for everything. So whenever I sit in a car, it always hits me: ‘How much of a privilege is this, eh? Would you believe that you’d be missing the comfort of sitting in a car someday?’.
From Hammar we took a bus to Elverum and her husband was already waiting for us at the bus station when we arrived. The good news came immediately.
– ‘Guys, we’ll wait for my sister and then we’ll go to my parents’ place to have dinner. Vietnamese food for free Alvaro! Do you like Vietnamese food?’ – asked him (he is the son of a Vietnamese couple who is living in Norway for over 30 years now).
– ‘Are you kidding me? I love it!’ – answered I gladly.
I’m off to Sweden tomorrow morning with my friends so I better go to bed at some point. Not before I make sure that I enjoy this moment until its last second!
Good night guys!