Whenever there comes an important moment, I never fall asleep deeply. Despite of the fact that I spent 2 nights in the train, I woke up frequently to check the clock, until it finally ringed at 4:30 AM.
Rains whispered out there in darkness, but there’s NOTHING can stop me now. Under dim street lights I pulled all the luggage to the airport bus station: a suitcase, a paper box (as the suitcase was too small for all my stuffs) and the packed bicycle, total weights around 40 KG. I moved them by batch when my strength failed and finally finished the 1 km distance.
All went smooth by the airport, I worried about the packaging of the bike might be too rough to get permitted, but it didn’t happen. This time the fate didn’t toy with me, 14:00 PM, FINALLY the plane arrived at Bergen, Norway on time.
I was so excited, but on considering that I know nothing about the rule of cycling here, I decided to take the shuttle bus first. On the way I observed, even for the way from airport to city center, there’s special path for cyclist! I can’t wait any longer after get off, opened all packages right aside street and started installing.
Most work was done immediately, but once again, to adjust the shifting system and brakes appears to be difficult. In order to save time, I found a workshop nearby for help. After 10 minutes they pushed my bike out.
I told myself such handwork should be around 2-3 CNY by domestic old master in China, it can’t be more than 100 CNY here. However the quotation is: 200 NOK (Remarks 1). The pal remind me friendly: It’s already the lowest price, you can’t find anything lower than 200 NOK here for hand works. This is the first lesson I learned here: This is an EXPENSIVE country.
I abandon the package bag and suitcase by street corner, I pushed my old partner officially in the city. It was quite cold. Dark clouds all over the sky without boarder. Light rains dropped casually, I can’t help ask myself:
‘So cold.. shall I buy some clothes?’
‘Where can I find something to eat?’
‘Where shall I go for next?’
‘It rains! What shall I do?’
What a newbie.
According to the original plan, I shall stay overnight here and take the bus next morning, driving to mountain area. I decided to go to the bus station as pre-confirm the exact platform, and ride up to the hills nearby to get myself familiar with the environment, and end up the day at a camping site which is 20 KM to the city center.
So went the plan. I proceeded under help of published map and google map, sometimes people came by and ask if I need any help… who said that Norwegians are ‘a bit cold’. It rained at intervals. I rode along way and tried to find the beauty of the surroundings, but to be honest it does not looks as magnificent as I supposed. Finally I was really starved. I stopped by a Mexican pizza shop at city suburbs. A 4-people-family was enjoying the dinner, the little girl is around 7-8 age old, she stared at my bikes and luggage curiously and said something in her language which I totally don’t understand. I supposed she’s asking what was in there and replied, can you speak English? She numbed a while, suddenly clapped the hand on her forehead, and ran away in ‘frustration’ 🙂
Maybe it’s because I was totally fresh here, the 20 KM appeared not far at all. The light rain never really stopped and I took no counter measure as it seems not a issue. Though when I made my way to the camp site, I was all WET. The reception suggested me to check the site first, as some guests said the grassland was too wet to camp. I walked on the small field of grass which was surrounded by simple wood fences, indeed it’s so wet that water can be squeezed under shoes. Yet considering my tent is water-proof, I decided to camp here without hesitation. The sky was not dark, but it was already 22:00 at night. I didn’t have other choices, did I?
I met some Chinese tourists in laundry room. They were travelling as 7 by rent car, rest by cabins along the way which cost around 111 EUR a night for double bed cabin. There were also quite a lot Chinese tourists I met in city today, seems it make sense for government to setup officially tourist website in China language.
Thus I resigned myself so so and slept my first night in Norway in rains.
CNY-NOK-EUR: Currency convert 1 NOK = 0.80 CNY = 0.11 EUR. For better reading, all following currency shows in EUR.