As most of you know, I just got back from traveling around Europe for 2 weeks with Cody and a few friends. I have dreamed of Europe for so many years now and I still can't believe I made it over there. I'm not finished, of course, there are still so many beautiful places to see! But for this trip we hit Norway, Italy, England, and Iceland. And every single place was exciting and dreamy in its own right.
We began our trip in Dallas. We drove to Dallas to stay the night with our friend who then dropped us off at the airport the next day and kept our car at his apartment for 2.5 weeks (thanks Max!). Nick, Cody, and I met up with the rest of the group in New York City and we all flew to Norway.
Norway was a bit of a whirlwind. We only had 24 hours in Oslo so we had a short tour of the city from our friend Nora, and then we met up with some of Nora's friends at a pub to hang out. The 2 things that really stood out to me in Oslo:
1. The design of the city is unlike anything here. I've always been a huge fan of Scandinavian design, but seeing it all over the city was so refreshing. Everything was so clean and simple and efficient.
2. The people were so kind. The random people we met along the way, the new friends we made at the pub that night, everyone was unbelievably nice.
Some fun facts about Norway:
Norway is one of the richest countries in the world.
Everywhere you go, say a public restroom, they have happiness/satisfaction meters as you exit and you press either the smiley face or the sad face to rate your service. Genius.
There are no guns. Not even the cops carry guns.
You cannot be homeless. If you can't afford to pay for housing yourself, the government steps in to help you.
At the pub, sitting in the middle of all of these people I didn't know, I was listening to a conversation these two girls were having. One asked the other how her trip that she had just gotten back from had been. And the girl stumbled for a second, trying to find the right word in English, and she finally said, "It was... it was impressions. It left a lot of impressions on me." And I don't know why I loved this explanation so much, but there's poetry in there somewhere.
And I think that's what Norway was, poetry and a lot of impressions.