First meeting and first Leg: Oslo - Karlstad
Firstly we planned to pick up RennyBA and Diane outside his office in downtown Oslo.
But, RennyBA and I agreed upon it would be better if I picked them up at our local railway station, close to the activity farm
, Friday afternoon. Then we could avoid the bump-bump traffic out from downtown Oslo.
We two, known each other for years, were anxious how our wifes would function together. Diane from Up-state New York and Anna from Odalen a layed backed district, 80 km east of Oslo.
First time meeting: Hugs. Then, they sat together in the backseat of my car, chatting as they allways had known each other. Both Renny and I suspected that to happen. Dreams came true.
From Oslo to Mariestad it’s 350 km to drive. In December the sun goes down
before 3:30 pm. We met at 3:55.
I must admit, I would have refused to take this ride, if it was not with RennyBA
. In the darkness, rain, all coalblack roads, trailers, dirt, lights hitting just in my eyes nearly blindfolded me.
RennyBA had told me of their habits: They allways stops in Karlstad
, after some 2:30 hours drive, to do their shopping. So did we this Friday, luckely no rain then.
Off we went. Firstly to Systembolaget
. That is the Swedish answer to the Norwegian Vinmonopolet
. Norwegians ”love” the Swedish one ’cause of the lower prices (exception is high quality wines and sparkling wine). And RennyBA, he knew exactly where to go, while I had to study where to find my White Wines of preference. The selection in Norway and Sweden are somewhat different. When on tour, we usually buy BiB
, Bag in Box. The quality of BiB-wines have for the past years come to a acceptable quality. And I bought a couple of bottles with screw-tap, which is very practical when you have no room for ”standing” bottles in your fridge.
We had our charriots well filled up with wine and ”avec’s”.
Neighbouring Systembolaget is a large supermarket. Time for food. And for bringing low priced ”stuff” back to Norway.Diane and Anna - Shopping is fun
Anna and I were in this large shop for the first time. While Diane and Renny did know exactly where to go and pick up the goods, Anna and I were afraid of beeing lost. Then I come to think about: We’re driving in my car. Puh. Saved. And it felt very well to go around the shop with Renny and Diana and discuss what we needed for the weekend and with Anna what to bring back to Norway. Besides, no secret that, I need a little rest from driving in the dark and rain.Packing with a smile
We shopped vegetables, fruit, milk, juice, cream, egg, butter, margarin, bread, cheese, water etc.Renny pays with a smile
Then payed with Visa-Card and stowed it all into the car. On the road again in the Darkness.Stay tuned, more to come.
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