"Journal: Donna & Sandy in Larvik" Larvik Travelogue by Donna_in_India
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PREVIOUS STOP: OSLO
The next day we headed to the train station and left most of our luggage in a locker since we’d only be gone for 2 nights. We boarded a train for the 2 hour journey to Larvik, south of Oslo. We checked into Lysko Guesthouse located in the oldest part of Larvik. Behind the 300 year old merchant building’s façade was a yard with oak tables and benches, statues, and even a wishing well. Our room was charming. It was filled with antiques including a great box bed with paintings on the inside wall of the bed and the outside of the bed. After settling in we called my other “big sister”, Anne Margrete. Anne Margrete lived with my family for a year when I was 14. She gave me a big bear hug as we met for the first time in 8 years. She drove us back to her house where we met her husband Ivar and son Mats. Later that night we went to Spiseriet Indisk Tandori, an Indian restaurant in town for dinner.
The next morning we went to Anne Margrete’s house for a delicious Norwegian breakfast. Then we got into her car and headed out for a day of sightseeing. We drove to Asgardstrand where we went to Edvard Munch’s house (The Scream). The house had a wonderful view of the water and boats. It was on a narrow street with houses that had little Scream statues in the windows or a mailbox with a Munch painting on it. We stopped for a picture on the bridge that inspired Munch’s most famous painting from Asgardstrand titled The Bridge.
We went on to the town of Tonsberg where we walked along the waterfront before stopping for cappuccino and a snack. We drove on through farmland and forests for 30 minutes until we arrived at Verdens Ende (The End of the World). Verdens Ende is located at the southernmost tip of the island of Tjome. It has a wonderful view of the Skagerrak, which is a strait that runs between Norway, Sweden, and the Jutland peninsula of Denmark. There are fishing boats and many islets and huge rocks out in the water for climbing. It looked like a great place to explore but it was extremely windy and really cold when we were there so we didn’t stay too long.
Anne Margrete dropped us off at our guesthouse to freshen up. We walked back to her house where she and her husband had arranged a dinner party for some of their friends and us. Ivar had been hard at work cooking while we were out sightseeing that day. He had made 2 of his specialties: Chili Con Carne and a Dried Cod in Sauce dish. It was all delicious and we had a nice time. Too soon we had to say our goodbyes. (Happily Anne Margrete and Mats will be in NY while we are there so we’ll get together then.)
The next day we were up early. It would be a long travel day. We took the 2 hour train back to Oslo. After picking up our luggage from the locker at the train station we took another train to the airport to check in for our flight to Amsterdam. When we arrived at the airport we found out that our flight was delayed for 5 hours – on top of the 2 hours early that we had arrived meant we would have to spend 7 hours at the airport! We had booked an apartment in Amsterdam and since now we wouldn’t be arriving until around 1 a.m., we wouldn’t be able to check into the apartment. We were able to book on another flight that would get us in much earlier. We went to have a cup of coffee and then checked the departure board for our gate only to find, unbelievably, that our new flight was canceled! The airline’s new plan was to fly us to Germany and then bus us to Amsterdam. Since we had no idea what time the next day we would arrive, we decided to go on the original flight. But first we had to have the airlines retrieve our checked bags which took some time. By the time our original flight took off for Amsterdam we had spent 8 hours at the airport. I don’t know how we survived but we were just so glad to finally be on our way!
NEXT STOP: AMSTERDAM
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