InterRail 2010 – Part 11: Traveling to France

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After visiting Hogwarts, I started my journey southward.

 

I took a train directly to London, where I bought a ticket on the Eurostar to Paris.

The Eurostar line goes in a tunnel under the English Channel, and is run by a company separate to the InterRail coalition, but I did get a discount.

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I had to wait for my train for quite some time, but as I were a bit tired from the journey so far, it was nice to just relax at the station with some entertainment I had brought.

I had an iPod filled with all the songs by Jonathan Coulton (that had been released at that point) and all the episodes of the Rooster Teeth Podcast (then called The Drunk Tank), and a book called ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ (a collection of shorts stories written by Neil Gaiman).

All of these things helped to keep me entertained in the lulls during this whole month of travel.

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The train-journey was comfortable enough but, as you can imagine, the view was nothing to brag about.

When I arrived in Paris it was already so late that I just found a place to stay for the night.

 

In the next part; Exploring Paris!

 

Top 10 Songs from ‘MoS: Level 5’

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Back in February, I shared my favorite song from each ‘Miracle of Sound’ album.

This proved to be very difficult, as there are so many great songs there!

So I have decided to make a Top 10 or Top 5 list for each album, depending on how big the album is to begin with.

 

10. Man and machine

A hard-hitting metal track that will get you pumped to parkour your way into your giant robot war-machine, ready to deal out the pain in the multiplayer first-person shooter ‘Titanfall’.

 

9. Shadow Of The Ash

This is the hard vocal version of a melodic metal song based on ‘Shadow Of Mordor’, a game based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ books.

 

8. Dream of Goodbye

Based on the ‘Burial At Sea’ downloadable content for ‘Bioshock Infinite’. The DLC takes place in the same city as in the two first Bioshock games, in Andrew Ryan’s failed underwater utopia, Rapture.

This song gives some insight into the sort of attitudes that ended up ruining Ryan’s vision, including Ryan’s own skewed worldview.

 

7. Messing With The Best

Bayonetta is a witch who fights angels by utilizing her hair-based magic.

The line “Built up a hairway to heaven, now I’m breaking iiiiin!” is the most perfect writing for a ‘Bayonetta 2’ song that I can imagine.

 

6. A Dog’s Life

Based on Telltale Games’ ‘Wolf Among Us’, a game set in 1986 and based on the ‘Fables’ comic book series, this song brings to mind noir detective stories.

Bigby Wolf, or “the big bad wolf”, has been working as a private detective in a ghetto for fairy tale characters since coming to America.

The song is a synth-led tribute to the skin-clad detective.

 

5. Fires Far

While a lot of fans of the first Dark Souls game did not like the sequel, I may actually like it better than the first one.

This symphonic rock song reminds me of the sombre journey I went on when I played the game last summer.

 

4. Every Time You Look Around

This is one of the ‘Miracle of Sound’ songs that are probably based on Gavin Dunne’s own life rather than on popular culture.

To quote the artist: “A song about finding your own truth in life and trying to make sense of it all :)”

 

3. When Winter Comes

Gavin has made many great ‘Game of Thrones’ songs, and this one is among his best.

I’m getting really exited for the last season, not only to see the conclusion to the story, but also to hear the ‘Miracle of Sound’ song that will be based on it.

 

2. Amnesia

This is another song base on real life, written for a friend of his.

I am unsure if this friend actually had amnesia or if it is a metaphor, but it is inspiring nonetheless.

 

1. Wake The White Wolf

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If you liked this music, you can buy the album here!

 

What I Did This Summer

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Me and my girlfriend’s summer-holiday is coming to a close, so I figured I would share with you how we have been spending our time off.

 

Hiking

We have climbed one mountain each week, counting an upcoming one this sunday.

The two previous times we combined the hike With some blueberry picking, and on sunday we are eating at a cafe on the top of Fløyen mountain with the friend we visited in Oslo.

 

Dinner with family

We had dinner at each of our mothers’ individually, and played a lot of gin rummy with each of them.

 

Improving our apartment

We stopped renting and bought our first apartment at the start of 2017, and there are still many things we have not gotten around to yet, but we have now fixed a bunch of stuff.

We finally found some dining-chairs we were happy with, we bought a bunch of helpful stuff from Ikea, and we unpacked a lot of boxes.

This also led me to finally get the files out of an old broken computer, as I wanted my digital stuff to be as tidy as my physical stuff is getting close to being.

 

Boat trip

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We spent half a day out on a boat, traveling up a fjord to a harbor named Skjerjehamn, and back again.

My girlfriends mother joined us, and we had a really refreshingly windy voyage.

 

I cut some hair

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I usually take care of my own haircut, as it is really simply to just keep my hair short.

But this is the second time I have cut my girlfriend’s long hair, and I think I’m getting good at it.

 

Relaxing inside

Much of these three weeks were very rainy here in Bergen, so we spent a lot of time on the couch.

We saw 15 movies: Ant-Man and The Wasp, Blades of Glory, Deer Hunter, Get Smart, IT (1990), IT (2017), Jurassic World, King Kong (1933), Kong: Skull Island, Minority Report, Starsky & Hutch, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2007), Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’, ‘Wet Hot American Summer’, and something tomorrow.

We also finished the Netflix Marvel shows Punisher (season 1) and Jessica Jones (season 2), and we nearly finished a show we had been binging for the last few months, ‘How I Met Your Mother’.

Besides that; we read, solved crosswords, played games, and just enjoyed life in general.

 

Luckily, we only have to wait for a few more months until we have another two weeks off 🙂