On the road again: Sweden
August 16, 2012 § 1 Comment
We’re in Sweden! Our stop at the customs office was quick and stress-free. Skjalg called the customs office last week and was told that we should write a list of what we were bringing with us and stop at customs on the way out of Norway. Our list was mildly detailed and about two pages long – and couldn’t have been less interesting for the customs agent. By the time Skjalg had confirmed that it was private cargo, the man had resolved our case in his head. He quickly glanced over the list, stamped and signed both pages, and told us we could continue on our way into Sweden.
As we were walking back to the car, Skjalg joked about how laissez-faire he was about our list. “We could have put anything on that list. He didn’t read any of it.” We spent about 5 to 10 minutes discussing all the possible hilarious things we could have written. Oh, the joy of road trips!
I’ve never been on a road trip that lasted more than 8 or so hours (I doubt that even qualifies as a true road trip). I dread sitting on a plane for more than 10 hours, so I don’t quite know what to expect with the 22 hours of driving staring me in the face. I’m trying to pace myself with the various entertainment I brought along. I have a couple of shows I can watch on my computer, three books (The Fountainhead, A Lonesome Traveler, and Blasphemy), games on the iPad, the camera (to take corny, this-is-what-I-can-see-from-my-window pictures with), and a bag of clothes that need to be sewn in some way.
In addition to my bag of entertainment goodies, I’m doing my best to be a good co-pilot: supplying Skjalg with decent conversation and music, initiating short dance sessions, handing him water or energy drinks, and adjusting the temperature. Our music options aren’t that great. The tuner doesn’t work and we have only one CD: Bob Marley’s Lively up yourself (I would have preferred his compilation album, Legend). The speaker on the passenger side is blown out, and after about 20 minutes of Bob Marley crooning on only one side of the car, we decided it would be better to use one of our own devices. The car is extremely noisy; you almost have to shout to be heard. In addition to that, music played from the computer is sharp and metallic. I’m expecting that we will be nursing some seasoned headaches for the first couple of days after the drive.
One thing I love about Norway and Sweden is the enormous, clear blue sky. It makes for a beautiful sight when paired with the fresh green summer grass.