It’s my birthday. I’m spending it on a train. I brought cake.
I’m currently on the train that set of from Hamar to Trondheim. Originally we set of from Oslo Central Station at 2:02 p.m.on our way to Trondheim. But again I experience problems with by traveling by railroad in Norway. There are always one or two things that’s messed up it seems, but it ‘s probably just me most of the time.
This time it could not have been avoided then, there was a certain incident with explosives on track between Eidsvoll and Tangen. When the train stopped at Eidsvoll today, I asked if I could go back to Oslo and to Trondheim another day, instead of standing around waiting for buses in the rain. They would take us to Hamar about an hour away with buses, and I get really nauseous when traveling that far with busses. There were taxis where the seats sit lower and the journey would be comfortable, but I understand that these were prioritized for seniors and families traveling together, and those who were lower distances, like to Tangen a few clicks away. None of the workers could assure me I would get a new ticket, so I just had to go with the buses. AND I SURVIVED! Even manages to keep my cake down
When we got to Hamar and boarded the train there was a diabetic woman who got sick the bistro, I’m very pleased to hear that so many people rushed to her aid. The staff did a very good job and did very right to find a doctor / nurse / first aider among the passengers immeadiatly, instead of just wait for an ambulance. Though there should always be a person in the staff familiar with common illnesses like diabetes on long travels like this.
Not very long after we set off from Hamar the conductor announce that the GPS-system was acting wierd and sent signal to the P.A. system on the train that we were soon in Lillehammer, although there is still a long way to go. Minutes later I heard that we got to stop for trains coming in the opposite direction. Maybe we’d have crashed if they didn’t notice the GPS was off. The train passed and we arrived at Lillehammer as I’m writing this, I was able to get an estimate on how delayed we are, approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Oh well. There’s nothing we can do about it. Don’t get me wrong, I love train rides. Just not when they last too long. My plan now is to sit back with music and end this blogpost with some questions.
How are you?
What are you up to these days?