Aug 08, 2017 Taking the train across Norway
A few months ago I bought tickets to train us from the West coast of Bergen, Norway all the way to the East coast to Oslo, Norway. It is suppose to be one of the most beautiful train rides in Europe so I didn’t want to miss it. The catch? It is around 7 hours long and add in 3 kids . . . I might be slightly crazy for doing it to begin with but I am going to say it was one of my most ENJOYABLE days so far on this trip.
Trains in Scandinavia are pretty posh and extremely kid friendly. I booked us tickets in the family cart – I had no idea what that meant. I assumed they stuck all the loud kids in one train so all other passengers can enjoy their vistas in silence. This is true impart but the family section was made to entertain kids. They are given a gift bag with crayons and activities along with a built in play room to go crazy in. There is a t.v. showing nature movies and enough space for strollers to be out incase you need to lull a baby to sleep. Add in family size bathrooms and you have one happy mom. My kids literally ran around in the playroom with a family of 3 from Spain and 2 Norwegian girls the whole time! No clue how they communicated but whatever. I read a book and watched all the lakes, waterfalls, and vistas pass by while I sipped tea.
I stared out that train window and thought this world is a creation for us. It’s a level of art that I don’t possess. I don’t have to travel far to know that I can enjoy this world from my backyard or another country. From a hotel window in a land covered in volcanic rock to a train ride with lakes and forests. I see how places are different but the same. I’m right in the middle of the world and it’s not dangerous but welcoming. Someone once told me the heart wants what the heart wants. My heart wants to have kids and travel the world. Write a book and stay in touch with friends and family. Swim with whales and spend a day eating chocolate eclairs. My heart wants to stay married until I die, send a message in a bottle and get a response back. Live to be 100 years old and have a house with a wrap around porch. My heart wants to paint my life and go skinny dipping. Sleep out under the sky and hike on a famous mountain in a remote part of the world. To play slot machines and actually win something. My heart wants me to be a good person.
What does your heart want?