asked me to talk about the places in the world I've travelled. And I must admit that for a little while I felt a bit ashamed, because in my travels I've been decidedly eurocentric. I was wondering whether I should do this by topic, reason for travelling, but i ended up doing it chronologically.
I was, as you may know by now, born in Norway
, and my first travels were package holidays to the Canary Islands, Spain
with my mother and her friends. My mother worked in the exchange office at one of the major banks, and occasionally she was sent to England. The first time I accompanied her I was 6. After that we travelled to England
; London and Reading mostly, every once in a while. Mind you, at this point I still hadn't visited the Norwegian capital, Oslo yet (as I can remember at least). A lot of my fellow Norwegians went on road/camping-trips to the other Nordic countries, so when we got a car when i was about 8, we went on car holiday to Denmark
!) We also went on a package holiday to Rhodes, Greece
about this time.
When I was 14 I went on a short (a couple of weeks) exchange to Fontenay-le-Comte
in western France
with my French class. I stayed with my host family about 10 miles for the city. They were very nice and we had a revisit the year after. Unfortunately, this being in the time before internet, I've lost touch with the family. This was also the first time when I got totally overwhelmed by language. We came down and got assigned families, and then we had a three day weekend. And they only spoke French, and at that point I'd learnt French in school for about a year and a half. I was one ofthe best in my class, but the language in class is something quite different from the language in the wild!
That summer; in 1990, my band went to Finland
(which can be considered a start of a love story), and then my mother and I went on Interrail
*. This for two reasons. They had finally opened up for tickets to over-26 and this was just after the fall of the Berlin wall, and my mother (and I) wanted to see how it was. So we went through Sweden to Berlin. In Berlin we arrived at 7 am after two days on trains. But were we in East or West-Berlin? We had no idea. I had, as mentioned above, learnt French, not German in school, I wasn't really helpful. In the end it transpired that we were in East-Berlin, so East-Germany
So we set of, got to see the wall (and even pick a couple of pieces of it), and went through the Checkpoint Charlie
the day before it closed down for good - which we read in the news the next day. (And I got to visit West-Germany
After Berlin we went to Czechoslovakia
(sic), to Prague, which was very nice. I remember having fun trying to make sense of the language. Also this is where I learnt that if you see a queue, you go and stand in it. Something might happen. Thus I got 2 litres of Coke, a pair of jeans and some delicious waffles. From Prague we went to Budapest, Hungary
. Which was hot and big and dusty. And they had a MacDonald's. Which we did not have in Bergen at that time. From Budapest we went to Vienna (loved it!) And Salzburg (also loved it) in Austria
, before going to Amsterdam Netherlands
and then taking the boat home.
The year after this I went on exchange again; some time in Huddersfield and some time in Cornwall, Great Britain
And then comes the university years; In 1996 I moved to Athens, Greece
where I studied classical archaeology, classical and modern Greek, more or less until the summer of 1998. The summers of 1997 and 1998 I spent in Finland
learning Finnish. I also went on a study trip to Rome, Italy
After that it was a but more quiet for a while, with the occasional trip to Greece, as well as my first business trip to Brussels, Belgium
. The thing i remember best from that one is that I when I thought
I was speaking French, I was mostly speaking Greek with a French accent! I also visited a friend in Krakow, Poland
I did say it was pretty eurocentric, didn't I?
Well, In the summer of 2004 i went to Israel and Palestine, visiting my friend H. in Ramallah, and also meeting up with a couple of LJ friends in Tel Aviv.
After I got a (more or less) steady income I have been travelling quite a lot. With the choir I've been St. Petersburg Russia
, Bratislava, Slovakia
** as well as Vienna.
And then I have my friends with whom I travel, and we have been to Marrakech, Morocco
, Istanbul, Turkey
as well as Prague, Czech republic
** (the next trip is on the planning stage.)
I've also been on language courses in Faroe Islands
, Reykjavik, Iceland
and Heidelberg, Germany
And on top of that I once went on a conference to Macedonia
, which really is a country I would like to visit again! Also on a lazy holiday to Egypt
, but I mostly spent the time on the beach or hiking on Sinai, so I have't seen the pyramids yet!
So, very eurocentric. There are places I'd like to travel, but i also like revisiting places. And time and money (and company) is an issue. So we will see where to next except to Salzburg for running
*Yes, I know that interrail is something one is supposed to go with with your best friend when you're 19.
** Not Czechoslovakia!
*** As opposed to East Germany and West Germany? I actually still have valid a valid visum to East Germany.Crossposted to http://mummimamma.dreamwidth.org/286200.html where it has comments. You can comment here or there.