Archive for October 12th, 2012

Road trip to Norway

Friday, October 12th, 2012

So, the beamer (/beemer/bimmer) is back home!! Robbert and I drove it to Norway yesterday/today in a memorable road trip (all of our road trips actually are 😉 ). Yesterday was pretty hectic, I flew together with Misha in the early afternoon, was in NL for 3 hours (!), mainly filled with traveling from airport to Kissy, pack the car and pick up Robbert…we hit the road thinking we would have more than enough time to make it to the Travemünde-Malmö  ferry, but…it turned out that we barely made it (30 seconds to spare!)…

Road work around Groningen got us (and the nav-system) lost, the german police decided to have a big traffic control last evening and two guys driving a Norwegian X5 got them triggered…twice! The sign ‘Polizei – folgen’ is *not* what you want to see in front of you when you need to catch a ferry…car papers, driver’s license and passports were all ok both times (…), so it only costed time, not money. Yet, time was what we didn’t have and the average speed needed to catch the ferry went up and up…still doable though (German Autobahn has its advantages 😉 ), until we hit a huge traffic jam between Bremen and Hamburg and got stuck behind slow Convoi Exceptionnel for kilometers and kilometers…it became virtually impossible to reach the ferry in time.

I am still puzzled how, but seconds before the check-in would close we arrived at the port and then received a phone call from the ferry operator asking us if we were still planning to come….well, ‘YESSSS we are’ and they kept the check-in open for another minute allowing us to make it on the ferry with nearly 30 seconds to spare…woohoooo!!

The ferry trip itself was pretty uneventful (sleeping 😉 ) and we decided to enjoy a scenic drive through Sweden today instead of the speedy trip through Germany last night…mission accomplished!

QOTD October 12 2012

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Colette: “The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time.”