Archive for October, 2010

The Uncle has returned to his Nephew

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I realized I hadn’t told the travel-log that I’ve returned home… 😛 It’s been eventful:

Went to Kuala Lumpur and had great fun with friends. Also got robbed in my room, and lost my eeePC and my iPhone.

Plane from KL to London got delayed by 3 hours, so my transfer from Stansted to Gatwick through London was in the middle of the night, after the last tube. Molto interessante…

Stayed a few nights in Oslo, first with cousin Gaute, his wife Beate and their son, my Godson, Filip. Next I stayed a couple of nights with Valdis, who visited me in the Perhentians a while ago. I stayed until Sunday, when my cousin Maya had her firstborn, Filippa, baptized.  Then I drove to Arendal with my grandparents, and then to Vanse with my father the next day. Visited little sister Johanne in uni in Kristiansand on the way, and saw her appartment.

Stayed a few nights in Vanse, then drove to Sandnes, or rather Johanne drove the car and I instructed. Got to see my nephew, Terje, and his parents Jenny and Tom. Terje now walks and talks. My sister Jenny is about the size of a small house. Technically she sort of IS a small house, to my niece-to-be who is due to leave her snug home in November to join the rest of us out here in the cold of Norwegian winter.

I am currently staying with Odd Helge in Stavanger, looking for an appartment with a couple of friends here, Trine and Annikken.
There. That’s a little update on what I’ve been up to lately.

Winter is coming…

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Winter means monsoon time in the Perhentian Islands, so it’s high time to make plans to get out of here. I was nurturing a hope that I’d be able to go to New Zealand, but I have a student loan running, and need to keep up with downpayments.  I have enough to either go to NZ, or make my next payment, so my hands are forced in the matter,  I am going HOME! Do not get me wrong, I am very excited to go home to friends and family, especially since Uncle Travelling Gjerulf is becoming an uncle for the second time, come November, and I was not around for the first one, as I was out travelling!  I am NOT, however, looking forward to another Norwegian winter,  I would prefer going back in the summer…

For those who are curious about the details surrounding my repatriation, here’s the plan: Odd Helge, my friend from Norway who is here diving with me, will be my travel companion for the journey. We fly out of Kuala Lumpur on October 13, and will be touching down on Norwegian soil on October 14, in Gardemoen airport, Oslo. He will continue to Stavanger right away, while I will hang around Oslo for a bit to catch up with friends and family there. If you are in Oslo Friday October 15, I am thinking of going out for a couple of brewskis, so feel free to join me! Eventually I will make my way west from Oslo, through Arendal and Vanse, and visit loved ones on my way to Stavanger. My E.T.A. in the Oil Capital could be around November 1, and then I hope to meet up with as many as possible as well! Open up a spot

For those of you who are well connected in Rogaland, I could do with some assistance setting myself up with a habitat [ranging from mattress in a cupboard to rented apartment], a mode of transport [bicycle plus car with room for dive gear and/or larp gear] and a source of income [job for a few months to a year, my services are sold to he highest bidder :P]. I am also looking for dive buddies who are familiar with the wrecks on the south and southwestern coast of Norway, or who want to become familiar with them. 😉

Looking forward to seeing you again, Noddelands and other Norwegians!