A Friend Come & Gone
Monday, 8 April 2013
I felt a bit of anxiety the month leading up to Jeanie's arrival in Norway. She was spending quite a bit of money, flying all the way from Western Canada and using her much-needed and appreciated Easter vacation to visit us and none of that was lost on me. I wanted her to really enjoy the trip and Norway and that led to a little bit of pressure to make sure the experience was a good one.
Stavanger is a small city and I was concerned that we might find ourselves bored. We planned 4 days away North of Stavanger over Easter, arranged a second car to allow us freedom to head out of the city during the week while Joe was at work and I started a list of possible activities and day trips that I thought we might enjoy. Even so, I worried that it might not be enough for my well-travelled friend.
Funny enough, we weren't bored at all. We visited museums, wandered the cobblestone streets downtown, chatted over lattes and chocolate, ate dinners out and cooked at home, browsed the shops and spent many hours on my terrace reading and talking. In fact, we never once used the second car because we were easily occupied with what was accessible without it and looking back on the list I had prepared in advance, we hardly even touched on all that we could do in the Stavanger region. In the end, it was a lesson learned; one doesn't need a big city to find interesting cultural experiences and activities for tourists.
Jeanie departed on Saturday and it's back to regular life for Joe and I. I was a little sad to say goodbye to my friend but after having met on 3 different continents, it's got me thinking... where to next?