Workout: 10 kilometers, god knows what average pace
See how fancy I am now that I'm in Norway? I use kilometers!
So, I totally failed at running this week. By my calculations, I'm about 15 miles behind. Whoops. I did go for a 6-mile walk on Tuesday and I walked around for probably 5 miles after my run today, but that doesn't really count.
I jumped back on the running bandwagon with 6-ish agonizing miles on a treadmill in a hot-as-hell Norwegian gym I paid $15 to use (and that was the discounted hotel guest price!). Why didn't I run outside? Because I didn't bring my goddamn Yaktrax and it's slippery as hell out there. Why didn't I bring them? Because I was too lazy to get them out of my car before leaving to the airport. Yup. I can survive six miles in a sauna but I can't walk 30 feet to a car.
Anyway, I finished my work stuff today so now I get to hang out in Norway. How did I hang out this afternoon/evening? I ran, walked around, then spent $47 on a personal pizza and a single beer. You read that right. Shit's expensive! Also, I live life on the wild side.
Some photos for your enjoyment!
We went dog sledding!
We went dog sledding! Then we drank tea in a(n allegedly) authentic Sami tent.
Did I mention we went dog sledding?!
I was trying to find the infamous Alta river and totally failed. I saw some farm-y land, though.
That's so Vermont.
I was going to tell you these were all different hills that look the same, but I think they might actually all be the same hill.
Some Norway observations:
- Norwegians are crazy drivers. I don't think they're bad at it, I think they just choose to drive like bats out of hell. As someone who flips out about riding with a good driver, this has been bad for my blood pressure.
- So. Expensive. But you knew that already.
- From my (admittedly limited) experience, Norwegians don't seem to make eye contact or say hello when they pass each other on a path or whatever. However, they've been extremely friendly as soon as I've started talking to them.
- Norwegians speak better English than I do.
- Despite being at the same latitude as Barrow, Alaska (waaaay north of Anchorage), the weather/snow cover here is identical. Also, they somehow have trees, which don't exist above the Arctic Circle in Alaska.
- Except for a totally bland fish stew the first night I got here, the food's been fine and not "disgusting" as it has been described to me by some Americans.
Wow, when I started writing that I thought I'd be more insightful than that. I'll add more as I learn more.
Off to Oslo tomorrow!