Katja and Arne's travel stories

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Airports are airports

No matter where you travel it is the same at every airport. The air is dry, the calling system constantly spewing out info, it’s extremely pricy and it smells funny. Doha airport is no different. We’re here in the middle of the night. Our flight leaves here at 02:10 and we are presently head bobbing with lack of sleep.
The flight down was nice, though. The Dreamliner is a great plane with really good entertainment system on board. It only took 6 hours. From here to Bali is another 10…
But there is one good thing to say about airports: they do display cool cars. 🙂 see you in the other side.


Be safe, have fun, stay frosty

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It’s kinda strange, but this summer has been so warm and nice, that the temperature have been higher here than on Bali (our first stop). We were so lucky that our good friend Tom took us onboard his boat out on the fjord. It was a great evening with beautiful weather, great company and good food ‘n brew. This little video is the first we have produced with our new GoPro camera. So this is a little test to see how the accompanying software works, and how to embed video from youtube into this site.

Enjoy our little boat trip. 🙂


22 hours until take off!

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3 days to go!!!

Enjoying some time in the park, after running around town in search of Indonesian rupiah, mosquito net, camel back and socks for trekking. This evening Arne is watching his beloved Vålerenga play and I am driving my brother and his family to Rygge airport and 2 weeks in Italy. Life is good 🙂


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Singel digit

Today marks yet another milestone for us. Today we arrived at the single digit on the countdown to departure. Nine more days in Norway before we are off to Bali. It seems like such a short time since we talked about 300, or even 1 year and 50 days. I hope we are able to wind down and make the trip last “the full year” and not feel like time just flew past in a blur.
We are having a great time living in the city center, here at Ben’s apartment. Katja is finishing work this week, whereas I am just spending lazy days in the sun. Did i mention the 9 days left?

Walk in peace!

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One step closer

As we get closer to the date of departure I slowly realize that it is happening. It is still a bit abstract, the fact that I’m not returning home and to work for more than a year. Today we handed our house to our tenants, which seems like a great couple. Strange though. Someone else will be using my couch, the kitchen and our bed. We are so lucky to borrow my father-in-law’s apartment in down town Oslo until we leave. It is nice, yet unfamiliar to have all kind of noise and people so “close”.
The following days will be spent getting the last few details In order. Especially test-packing for the trip. So far my planned volume far exceeds what’s right. Lonely Planet recommends to lay out what you plan to bring, then take away half. Let it sit for a couple of days…. And remove half again. Then you’re close to the right amount. 🙂
At present time it is 17 days, 3 hours and 20 minutes until departure.
The picture is not mine at all, but has been the background on my iPad for some time. It illustrates quite well how the trip plays out in my head. 😉

Be safe!


Selling the car

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Today the buyer will pick up the car. It has been a dream to drive around in a new Audi A4 since we bought it. In my youth, I always envied the old people (I guess people about my current age) that could afford such cars. J Well, it is now the end of the road for the car and us (pun intended), but I’m sure the new owners will be happy and give “The pearl” a great new home.

As it was presented on the add

As it was presented in the add

It’s 34 days until departure, and we are packing up everything that is not rented out with the house. You do not know all you own until you need to move it! Well, back to work.

Walk in peace.

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Off to teach

Life is all about getting ready for the big adventure, but we have some other small great things going in as well. Right now we are riding the train towards Gol for a seminar with the karate group in Hemsedal.
Katja and I will teach for a couple of days and then some of the students will do their grading. Looking forward to this weekend.