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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Am I forgetting anything?

I'm wondering if I'm forgetting anything for my trip tomorrow? I picked up a book on Norway and bought a World Travel Adapter Kit so my PowerBook will work. Is there anything I'm forgetting? I'm assuming Norway is a pretty modern country where I can buy anything I need - but you never know. The last time I went on a trip like this was to Russia - where there weren't a whole lot of options for re-purchasing forgotten goods.

Posted in General at May 19 2005, 10:58:49 AM MDT 11 Comments
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You will enjoy Norway. Norway is on the same level like the US or other countries of Western Europe. You should find a climate similar to Colorado. Eat fish and if you like, even Wale. Should taste like meta. I"m German but visited Norway during winter and liked it.

Posted by Stephan Schwab on May 19, 2005 at 11:44 AM MDT #

Bring creditcards if you enjoy a beer in the evening. I like Norway a lot, but some goods are ridiculous expensive. And I'm from an expensive country myself, Denmark. Norway is a very beautiful country, but not so much Oslo. Stavanger I haven't visited. Oh, and the girls are pretty too. Does your wife read your blog?

Posted by Christian Güldner on May 19, 2005 at 12:26 PM MDT #

Assuming you haven't spent all your money on your spanking new passport, I'll suggest you travel light and bring a credit card to take care of whatever you have forgotten. Mind you, Norway is expensive for tourists, given the current exchange rates. A few examples: One pint/half litre of beer is approx 7-10 USD. A BigMac is (I think, dont buy them that often) approx $5. A liter of petrol is $1.30 which makes it around $5 per gallon if I got my units correctly. Dont forget your passport, camera, pc and VISA/MasterCard and you should be fine. AmEx is not that common here. See you next week in Oslo at javaBin!

Posted by Leif Jantzen on May 19, 2005 at 01:59 PM MDT #

You'll find most stuff here. Not too many 24-hour shops, but the opening hours are reasonable. :) Amex, masters, visa are accepted almost everywhere. Checks are considered stoneage. You'll get some strange looks if you use them I think. ;) You should see downtown, Vigelandsparken and the Viking museums. I guess it's all in your book. :) Not too much to see here in Oslo, my recommendation is just to relax with some beer in the sun. Norway is a bit cold, but springtime is beautiful. Aker Brygge is a good place for drinking beer, though extremely expensive. Go out on the Oslofjord on boat if you get the chance. Fell free to pop me a mail if you wonder about anything. Have a good trip. :)

Posted by Anders on May 19, 2005 at 02:07 PM MDT #

+ Bjork CD Box set + "Leif Erickson F.... Rules" t shirt + Java geek's common Norwegian phrase book + viking helmet + Spare viking helmet (just in case) CP Have fun :)

Posted by CP on May 19, 2005 at 04:56 PM MDT #

I thought Bjork was from Iceland. :-)

Posted by matt on May 19, 2005 at 07:48 PM MDT #

Norway's great. It has the highest standard of living in the world and everybody speaks English! Just don't drink and drive! Zero tolerance = you WILL go to prison if you have ANY alcohol in your bloodstream. Oh, and learn about the tipping culture. Americans always get that wrong when the travel. Have fun! </envy>

Posted by Neil on May 20, 2005 at 02:41 AM MDT #

Relax, Matt - there's many would consider that it's more modern than the US! :-)

Posted by Gwyn Evans on May 20, 2005 at 04:12 AM MDT #

Don't forget to take essentials(like a tie if attending a formal session).

Posted by Kishore Dandu on May 20, 2005 at 09:35 AM MDT #

Kishore - I hope there's nothing formal. I haven't worn a tie in years! ;-)

Posted by Matt Raible on May 20, 2005 at 10:01 AM MDT #

Hi Matt. What wrong was in Russia? If you was in Moscow you must finded any hi tech parts existed in today. May be your simple dont know where find? In next time if you want something find in Russia send me email - I'l try help you.

Posted by Alex3t on May 29, 2005 at 08:37 AM MDT #

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