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!

 

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 🙂

 

Ant-Men and The Wasps

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Back in April, I stated that I had written something about each Marvel movie that had been released since I started this blog, and that I would try to continue doing so.

But while I enjoyed their most recent film ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’, I could not find much to say about it.

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While the film had a lot of very fun action-sequences that utilizes the heroes size-changing abilities in incredibly creative ways, I liked the heist-movie parts of the first Ant-Man film much more than the story of the second film.

 

And since that is pretty much all I can think of to say about the movie, I figured I would write a bit about ants and wasps.

Yeah.

 

Ants

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When I was (let’s say) six years old, I was out playing with some friends.

It was me, a neighbor-girl the same age as me, her older brother and one of his friends.

 

The older boys had found an upturned log and a large rock With a huge anthill in-between them, and they were jumping between the log and the rock.

Possibly in an attempt to impress the girl, or maybe just the older boys, I decided to join in.

One, or maybe more, tried to tell me that it was too far for me to jump, but I proudly insisted.

A second later I was up to my neck in biting ants.

 

I don’t remember entirely how I got home, but I imagine that the others just pushed me along.

One of my parents threw me in the shower to get rid of all the insects, who had gotten everywhere.

 

I never developed any strong phobia to bugs, but I do have a fear of heights.

Not sure if this is one of the causes.

 

Wasps

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Wasps are my least favorite pollinators, with bumblebees being my favorites.

Wasps are often incredibly aggressive, and easily drawn in by sweets.

I have been chased inside by wasps multiple times this summer, simply for daring to bring soda or berries with me out to the veranda.

And the glass-recycling outside my local store is teaming with wasps, as a result of people not washing their jars before throwing them in there.

 

But I do not have as much of an issue with wasps as my mother does, as she had a similar type of experience with wasps as I had with ants.

When she was six she stepped into a ground wasp nest.

Similarly to me, she got them everywhere, but when she got home a shower was not enough to take care of the problem.

A doctor had to make a home-visit, and pull out each of the stingers, one by one.

 

She understandably does not care much for the creatures.