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Useful Tips (honestly)

27 Jun

I wrote this quite a long bit on a train from Sandefjord to Drammen and finished on the way from Drammen to Bryne.

A good piece of advice for those who plan to travel. Before you leave home…

1. Check if you have enough available funds in your bank account and/or inform your bank you’re going abroad (some banks still need that). I wanted to withdraw some NOK using my Polish card and the transaction was rejected. Twice. I didn’t dare to try the third time.The blocked card was the last thing I needed. If it hadn’t been for my UK card, I would have been left at the airport with no money and chance of getting out of there.

2. Check with your mobile phone provider if there’s any limit on your account and what it is. If you don’t you can get a text saying that ‘your service was suspended’ like I did this morning…

3. If you have two mobile phones take them both with you, no matter how old they are, just in case your mobile runs out of battery cos there’s no place where you could charge it (bear in mind that there’s no cuch a place at Warsaw Chopin Airport). This happened to me again…Not a big loss as my ‘service was suspended’ anyway but still. I charged it and put my Polish simcard in on the train to Drammen. But this cost me 100NOK that is 10 quid because this is how much I paid for Komfort class which is I understand kind of a Business Class where you get a complimentary tea/coffee (actually you get a token and use it in a vending machine located on the train) and have LOADS of room for your legs, bags etc. I guess, Ryanair would consider it a waste of space and money and make two rows of seats there, at least two…. So this is where I managed to charge my mobile but you may not be so lucky, neithe may I next time..

4. If you’re vegetarian have  a proper (or bigger than usual) meal before you travel. Unless you want to starve and get angry from the very beginning. Remember, not everywhere vegetarians are equal meat eaters. Definitely not at the Chopin Airport. There was only one place there where I could eat something veggie- I had two cheese pankaces (with kind of a cottage cheese) which cost me 18PLN that is over  £3.5!!! I could have also taken some cooked vegetables…

The vegetarian options among sandwiches were also limited… to an egg sandwich and tuna sandwich… I know, I know, it’s just some people don’t consider fish meat. The decision was difficult to make but as I had already had some stomach problems, I couldn’t go for egg. I’m so sorry tuna…

5. If you travel to Norway it’s like traveling to Rainchester (Manchester) so do’n forget your raincoat or at least an umbrella. And wellies are a must. And don’t this you’ll buy everything here- it’s rather expensive.

6. Last but not least- if you have a chance to travel by plane from one faraway place in this country to another faraway place here, choose plane, not train. I know it’s opposite to what I wrote about in my earlier post but honestly, you’ll have enough. I don’t remember when I wanted to get of the train so much before. But it might be because of the long travel time in general, the night spent at the airport, no food etc.

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Sandefjord is known for whales or rather whaling…

One of the walls at Drammen Train Station

One of the walls at Drammen Train Station

 

Dreary Norwegian weather

Dreary Norwegian weather

 

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