How are you today?
A few weeks ago I mentioned a big holiday that my boyfriend and I had been planning for a while. Well, I can’t believe it’s over now! If I’m being honest I’m even feeling a bit blue, which is an appropriate colour since we went on a cruise to the very top of Norway in the hope of seeing the Northern lights, so lots of blue skies, very deep blue waters and snowy mountains and fjords. (*sigh*)
MY TRAVEL SKETCHBOOK
When we were away I kept a travel sketchbook in order to immortalise some of the key moments of our holiday.
I won’t write down everything we did because that would take ages, but you will find some comments below.
On the first night we unexpectedly won the pub quiz. Our prize: a bottle of wine!
We attended all of the talks about space that were given over the course of the cruise: we’re like that, we like to learn things even when we are on holidays. (Side note: we didn’t do too well in the later pub quizzes.)
We visited an igloo hotel, went on a husky sledge ride, and went hunting for the Northern lights! Did we see them? You will have to wait until the end of this post or read my sketchbook entries to find out.
We saw orca whales from the ship and won a bottle of champagne in a raffle! Yep, we don’t normally drink much at all but we won booze twice.
We spotted E.T. on the upper deck! Just kidding. We went to the last talk on space which was about searching for extra terrestrial intelligent life. It was a really cool talk!
It took us nearly 8 hours (instead of the 5 hours and a bit on the way down to Southampton) to get back home. A bit of a looonnnnng coach journey.
FUN & RANDOM FACTS FROM MY HOLIDAY
Because a holiday of this calibre wouldn’t be the same without a few stories, here are a few fun and random facts from our holiday that I thought I would share with you.
1) Snowflakes do have pretty shapes
It might be a bit naive of me but although I have seen snow before, I had never seen the ‘star’ shapes of snowflakes in real life. Seeing the different shapes and how pretty they were got me all excited. All of a sudden I was 6 years old again.
2) Wrap up warm and feel supid – errrm, I meant epic
When you go this far north you want to make sure that you can survive in negative temperatures. This means wearing LOTS of layers of clothes and to put them all on, it’s a whole process. Apparently space suits take 45 minutes to put on. Snow gear won’t take you as long but when it’s not something you’re used to it will make you feel just the same: partly ridiculous, mostly badass (imagine yourself walking in slow-mo with the Armageddon music playing in the background).
See? Just the same! (Almost.)
On this photo I’m wearing 6 layers of clothes on my upper body and 3 layers around my legs (not counting underwear). At the same time you kind of have to when you go out by -15°C to -25°C and you’re not from the area!
3) When you go on a husky sledge ride…
Beautiful, isn’t it? It truly was. One thing we weren’t prepared for though is that the dogs do their business (you know what I’m talking about) while running. No ‘accidents’ to report, just a big surprise.
4) When you can’t use your fingers, use your nose
Okay, this is a bit of a weird one. After I nearly cried – okay, I cried – because of my painful fingers in the first port we visited my boyfriend and I came up with some ground rules. Rule number 1 was: “Camille will keep her gloves on at all times when outside.” But the thing is: how are you supposed to take photos with bulky ski gloves on? Well… I figured that using my nose instead of my fingers might work. And it did! All you have to do is put the timer on so that you can plan your shot and tadaaaa!
Seriously, one day nose photography will become a thing!
Yours truly in action, setting up my phone for a “nose photo”.
Oh and if you are wondering whether we saw the Northern lights in the end…
Photo courtesy of Glød
See you again soon for more updates and my latest artwork!