Day 54: Bergen/ Paris

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Day 54: Bergen/ Paris

Today, we’re off to France! We woke up this morning, ready to leave Norway, excited for France. After lazing around for a few hours, we packed all our stuff up, watched a GLEE, and then got in the car. We drove 10 minutes to DHL to send all our warm clothes we needed for Norway back to Siena. After that, we drove 20 minutes to what’s called the biggest IKEA in the world! Our flight to Paris only leaves at 5:10 pm, so we had a few hours to kill. The only reason we went was because Polly and Audrey wanted IKEA meatballs... yes, we’re one of those families now :):). The IKEA was absolutely ginormous, and exceeded all our expectations! After we had our meatballs, we were ready to leave, but were forced to walk through the huge store, to finally get to the exit. We got to the car, after wanting to buy heaps of things in IKEA on our way out. We still had a fair bit of time to kill, so drove 20 minutes back into town, to look at some really nice designer stores that mainly mum and I loved! When it was time, we left the town, and were off to the airport! After driving another 20 minutes, we arrived at the rental cars. We dropped the car super easily with no fuss (which is unusual), and headed to the terminals. We had a bit of drama with our bags, but it managed to get resolved. The flight was running 10 minutes late, so we boarded the plane at 5:50 for a 6:20 takeoff. We were all sad, because this was the last time we were going to be in an airport for the rest of the trip! The flight only lasted a very smooth 2?hours. We got off the plane, and we were in Paris! The airport was quite old and dirty, especially compared to Scandinavia. We’re back in the land of Uber’s, so we ordered a maxi taxi. 5 minutes later it arrived, and we were on our way to our hotel. It was a 40 minute drive, pretty much along the freeway so there wasn’t really much to see. We arrived and checked into the hotel with all our luggage. The hotel is fine, but we’re not going to be spending much time there anyway. After we got settled in, mum, Audrey and I walked down the street to find a sushi restaurant literally at the end of the street. We ate there, and brought dad and Audrey takeaway cause they were too tired to come out. The food was really delicious! By the time we went to sleep, it was 11pm, and we were exhausted! I’m so excited to finally be in Paris, the country of love!

Day 53: Bergen

Today, we had a super local day in Bergen! We woke up quite early this morning, to find mum and dad on the phone to some friends. After breakfast, mum, Dad and I decided to venture out and explore the city of Bergen. We’ve been trying to rent bikes for the whole trip, but it’s never worked out, so this morning we installed the app, scanned the bikes from outside the apartment, and were off! We absolutely love the system; you pay 5 € for the whole day and can ride in 45 minute time chunks. The bikes are bright green, and have a spot for the phone to do GPS! The system’s way better than Sydney because there are special docks everywhere, where you have to return the bikes instead of being able to leave them on the footpath wherever you like. The town is also super bike friendly, and there are bike paths, and ramps everywhere. We rode around the back streets, and discovered the city. We stopped at a lovely local bakery for hot chocolate and chai lattes and shared an amazingly soft skillingsboller (a local Norwegian pastry like a cinnamon scroll). At the bakery, we then picked up a loaf of local bread for lunch. We arrived back to the apartment to Audrey and Polly. We then had a GLunch (Glee Lunch) of fresh bread, smoked salmon, cream cheese, salami, etc. After a small amount of downtime, we decided to drive to the local swimming pool, the Nordnes seawater pool. The view from the pool was beautiful! The pool water was heated to 25 degrees but still felt quite cold. Mum, Polly and I went in the sauna to warm up, Audrey went in the small kiddie pool and Ben jumped into the Fjord which was a freezing 12 degrees. We got home around 5pm. We all showered and got settled for the night. Then, I realised that I needed to head to a shop downtown to change the letters from my message board because some of them were missing. The shop closed at 6:00pm, so mum agreed to quickly ride the bikes there. We both rented bikes, and rode 15 minutes downtown to the store, only to arrive 15 min before closing time. We got hooted at twice because we went through quite a few red lights, and I almost rode into a crane and did go head first into a wall, but we made it! I swapped my purchase, and I helped mum pick out some gorgeous earrings for her birthday. We rode back, and met dad & Audrey in the park near our apartment, as there was the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra playing in the park. There were at least 200 musicians, and 1000s of people having picnics on the grass. We sat on towels, and watched for a while before heading home to Polly for our 9pm dinner of supermarket snacks and GLEE. Lovely local day and lots of time today with mum ;-). Off to Paris tomorrow…Yippee!!!

Today, we had a super local day in Bergen! We woke up quite early this morning, to find mum and dad on the phone to some friends. After breakfast, mum, Dad and I decided to venture out and explore the city of Bergen. We’ve been trying to rent bikes for the whole trip, but it’s never worked out, so this morning we installed the app, scanned the bikes from outside the apartment, and were off! We absolutely love the system; you pay 5 € for the whole day and can ride in 45 minute time chunks. The bikes are bright green, and have a spot for the phone to do GPS! The system’s way better than Sydney because there are special docks everywhere, where you have to return the bikes instead of being able to leave them on the footpath wherever you like. The town is also super bike friendly, and there are bike paths, and ramps everywhere. We rode around the back streets, and discovered the city. We stopped at a lovely local bakery for hot chocolate and chai lattes and shared an amazingly soft skillingsboller (a local Norwegian pastry like a cinnamon scroll). At the bakery, we then picked up a loaf of local bread for lunch. We arrived back to the apartment to Audrey and Polly. We then had a GLunch (Glee Lunch) of fresh bread, smoked salmon, cream cheese, salami, etc. After a small amount of downtime, we decided to drive to the local swimming pool, the Nordnes seawater pool. The view from the pool was beautiful! The pool water was heated to 25 degrees but still felt quite cold. Mum, Polly and I went in the sauna to warm up, Audrey went in the small kiddie pool and Ben jumped into the Fjord which was a freezing 12 degrees. We got home around 5pm. We all showered and got settled for the night. Then, I realised that I needed to head to a shop downtown to change the letters from my message board because some of them were missing. The shop closed at 6:00pm, so mum agreed to quickly ride the bikes there. We both rented bikes, and rode 15 minutes downtown to the store, only to arrive 15 min before closing time. We got hooted at twice because we went through quite a few red lights, and I almost rode into a crane and did go head first into a wall, but we made it! I swapped my purchase, and I helped mum pick out some gorgeous earrings for her birthday. We rode back, and met dad & Audrey in the park near our apartment, as there was the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra playing in the park. There were at least 200 musicians, and 1000s of people having picnics on the grass. We sat on towels, and watched for a while before heading home to Polly for our 9pm dinner of supermarket snacks and GLEE. Lovely local day and lots of time today with mum ;-). Off to Paris tomorrow…Yippee!!!

Day 52: Bergen

This morning, we all woke up super late, but exhausted. For once, we decided to stay and relax in the room until about midday. During that time, we payed games, watched TV, pottered, and had bread rolls for breakfast :). At midday, we all finally got motivated enough to get dressed and leave the house to go into and walk around town. There were heaps of souvenir shops. I have a small collection of miniatures that I’ve collected over the course of the trip, so there, I got a set of small, colourful houses that symbolise Norway to add to my collection. There were also lots of beautiful Scandinavian homeware/stationary stores. There’s a really nice brand called Design letters, and I’ve been thinking about getting something from them ever since we first saw them at the Copenhagen airport. Everything is so expensive but the one thing that I desperately wanted was on sale. I still didn’t have enough money to buy it, and it was about the same price as my lunch would be, so I made a deal with mum and dad; I wouldn’t get lunch if they could buy me this. Successfully, they said yes! It’s this really cool message board that I can hang up on my wall. The only colour they had was navy blue, but that’s the traditional colour here in Norway. They also didn’t have any letters to go with the board, so I had to go to another store 5 minutes away to buy the letters. I was so excited, and couldn’t wait to use it on a daily basis in Siena. After buying Audrey and Polly a few birthday gifts, we walked back to the apartment. We had a very relaxed afternoon back at the apartment. Playing games, watching Tv. We even went down to the supermarket to buy ingredients to back. I made delicious lemon cookies. Dad made a pasta bake for dinner, and we watched GLEE until 10 pm (again). 

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Day 51: Flathein/ Bergen

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Day 51: Flathein/ Bergen

Last night, we all slept so well, are we’re ready for a big drive this morning! We told the owners we were going to have breakfast at 9:00am cause dad had to work, so in the meantime, we played heaps of games down in the common room. At 9am, we got dressed, and headed to the shared dining room, where there was such a cute buffet breakfast! Again, because the food is so expensive in Scandinavia, mum and dad told us to eat as much as we like, which is very unusual. There were fresh hard boiled eggs from the chickens outside, fresh avocado from the trees outside, strawberry jam with the strawberries outside, and fresh apple and cinnamon jam from the farm. It was delicious. Then, mum and dad stayed to do some research about Switzerland, while us three went back to the room to watch America’s Got Talent. About an hour later, we packed all our luggage into our car, and checked out. We were off to Bergen! It was a 3 hour drive from Flathein to Bergen with no stops along the way. We arrived at our beautiful, Scandinavian apartment at about 6:00pm. We soon checked in, and unloaded all our luggage from the car into the apartment. After settling in, and relaxing in the apartment for a while, we headed out to explore Bergen. We walked around a bit, soon to find a huge food market. For dinner, we got fish and chips, and calamari and chips! It was really good! After dinner, we walked back to the apartment, and had a GLEE marathon. We ended up watching 3 episodes, and only went to bed at about 10pm. The apartment it beautiful and the beds are so cosy. I was sure I was going to get a great sleep!

Day 50: ~ Camping ~ / Flathein

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Day 50: ~ Camping ~ / Flathein

This morning, we woke up to the sound of RAIN! We hoped that over night the rain would’ve cleared, but it didn’t. Not at all. After laying in our sleeping bags for a while, we completely layered up, and had breakfast under the tarp. After some Nutella bread, we played a few games under the shelter, and then started to pack up the tents and sleeping bags. That must’ve taken at least 1 hour in the rain. We loaded up Gun’s car with all our stuff, and he drove it to where our car was. We left the campsite after taking a few family pictures, and the walked back to our car, via an awesome fishing spot. I was really hoping to catch a fish but unfortunately, I didn’t. We loaded our car Witt all the luggage, and were off to the boat shed where we were going to have lunch, the last meal in this destination. On the way back, we spotted a deer farm, and got out of the car to look at the deer. We met the lady who ran it, and she asked us if we wanted to feed them. They were adorable, and humongous. After that pitstop, we spotted an unmissable playground that we had to stop at. It was like a ninja warrior course with ropes and tires. We got back in the car, and we’re finally ready to go. Mum was saying that her favourite part of camping is when you get in the car after it all, and reminisce about everything you did :). We drove 3 hours to Flathein, which was directly in the middle from where we camped to Bergen, where we wanted to end up for a few days. 6 hours is too long to drive in one day, so we picked a random town in the middle to stay in, and that happened to be Flathein. We drove to Flathein via a 10 minute pitstop to get a hot chocolate at a local supermarket. We arrived in Flathein, ready to sleep in a proper bed and have a proper bathroom. After we checked in, we explored our room, and the whole complex. We’re staying in the attic of an old farmhouse, where the bathroom is a 2 minute walk from the room. The whole room is made out of wood, and is adorable, it’s so Scandinavian! Outside in the garden, there are also 3 cats, and about 20 chickens, which the girls are very excited about. We’re only staying here for one night, but I which we were staying here longer. Once we lugged our luggage inside through the rain, we unpacked and repackaged all our stuff from camping. Earlier, we stopped off at a supermarket to grab dinner. We then ate the food we bought. After dinner, we went downstairs to play some games together in the common room. You would think that we would’ve been tired by now, but Polly and I were very wide awake, so we fell asleep watching America’s got talent.

Day 49: ~ Camping ~

Last night, we all slept surprisingly amazingly, under the windy, and rainy conditions. It was quite heavily raining in the morning, so we staying all cosy in our tents until about 9:00. When the rain finally died down a tad, we got all rugged up, and went to have breakfast. After a simple but tasty breakfast, we got the fishing lines ready, and went fishing in the shallow lake. We had a lure that supposedly catches trout, but unfortunately, we had no luck. Then, mum and I thought it would be a great idea to go canoeing in the rain. As you can imagine, it wasn’t ;). Right near the camp sight, it’s all rocks and too shallow, so for a start, we had to get on our flip flops and push the canoe to a deeper area. The water was FREEZING, literally like ice! Our feet at this point were bright red like tomatoes! We were then going strong, canoeing down the stream, although we had to get out every now and again to push. We got to a really shallow part, and had to push the canoe for at least 10 metres, until we got to a knee-high area at least. I started by getting in the back of the canoe, and then made the horrible mistake of telling mum to climb over the front seat, so she could sit in it. Long story short, we capsized in freezing, cold water. We actually thought we were going to get hyperthermia it was so cold! I managed to get up first, and was too busy laughing my head off that mum couldn’t get up. I quickly moved the canoe and helped her up, and we were soon laughing together. From capsizing, the canoe completely filled with water, we had to flip it upside down to drain it all out. We made it back to the campsite, safe and ... I wish I could say dry. We were absolutely SOAKED. It was raining and cold on top of us just being purely soaked. We quickly stripped off all our wet layers, and were left with nothing really, but kept on a pair of leggings and a jumper. Previously, we were wearing 3 pairs of pants and 5 tops. We sat under the shelter for a while, hoping to dry off. It was very unsuccessful. We then ran to our tents, trying not to get more wet. I literally had no dry clothes except pyjamas, so had to borrow one of dad’s T-shirts, and wear my pyjama shorts. Mum and I lay side by side in our dry clothes, all cosy in our sleeping bags. We pt the hoods on and did them up, so all you could see was our noses. We looked like gnomes. Once we finally warmed up a bit, mum and I got properly dressed, we ran through the rain to the tarp where we were having lunch. Just bread, meat cheese and so on... After some food, mum and Audrey went off together to have a nap, while Dad, Polly and I came into our tent to play games and just chat. Once the rain died down a bit, we walked to a flat, grassy area to play a tennis sort of game that we brought with us from Greece. That was very short-lived, due time o the heavy rain that started just as we began. During the afternoon, we all just pottered and went fishing, played games under the shelter, and went canoeing all in the rain. At 7:00pm, we decided to start to prepare dinner. At this point, it was resining quite heavily so was really hard to start an hour. It took dad about an hour to really get it going. When there was a clear break in the rain, Audrey, Polly and I made s’mores! We tasted marshmallows on the fire, broke off some chocolate, and stuffed it inside 2 Anzac  biscuits. For dinner, we cooked meatballs, veggies, and mash potatoes from a packet. Within 30 minutes, the food was cooked and we were ready to eat. It was very basic, but substantial. Throughout the rainy day, many people were wet, and miserable for a while but we managed to survive! I’ve had a great time being out here in the middle of nowhere, although I’ve basically been in wet clothes all day :). To end our fun but wet and adventurous day, Audrey, Dad and I listened to a podcast about ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA. We were all so exhausted, we fell asleep within 10 minutes of listening.

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Day 48: ~ Camping ~

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Day 48: ~ Camping ~

This morning, we woke up after not having a great night sleep, but having a lot of fun! By the time Audrey and I woke up, dad was outside sitting by the fire drinking his coffee, having already been kayaking, fishing, and even caught a fish. This was by 6:30 am. When Audrey and I woke up, we quickly got all layered up, and went to joking dad by the fire. Once I’d woken up a bit, I went down to the water to cut open the fish and to rip all its guts out. It was so fun. I’m the only one in the family that doesn’t eat fish, but I love messing the raw fish. The others finally woke up at 8: 00am, and it was time for breakfast: yoghurt, bread, and cold cuts. After breakfast, we got dressed and packed up all our tents, and sleeping bags. We left that camp site, and we’re supposed to kayak to ... . As soon as we started paddling, the wind really hit us and it was almost impossible to paddle. We were kayaking into the wind. You couldn’t stop for a break either, because you would drift rapidly backwards. After 5 minutes, we had to call it, and didn’t want to go back, so we only kayaked 500m more, to a grassy, forest hoping the wind would die down. There, we did a small impromptu hike in the bush up a mountain. On the way, we saw heaps of animals including sheep walking right in front of us, and at the top, we picked a whole hat full of Norwegian wild berries. After 40 minutes of hiking, we came back down the mountain and had lunch; just the usual. At this point in time, we thought the wind had died down, so we started kayaking, aiming for the boat shed in ... where we originally began on the first day. 1 hour and a half went by with on and off wind, but not too strong. There were 30 minutes of kayaking left, and omg, the wind! It was so strong. I thought that we actually weren’t going to make it, and we were going to be stranded out at sea. I was in my own kayak, so it was even tougher! I managed to get an extremely painful blister that looks disgusting. We FINALLY are at the boat shed, cold and wet, after really fighting the wind for half an hour. Then, we helped Gun load his van with all our stuff, and we followed him in our car to the next campsite. We could only stop 1 kilometre away, so we walked along the gravel path until we got to this stunning lake, where we’re going to be camping at for 1-2 nights depending on the weather. Also, all day, it’s been drizzling and raining on and off. Soon, we set up all the tents and sleeping bags, so that we could snuggle up in there while the rain dies down. 7:00pm came by, and we were all ready for dinner. The preparation takes a while so we were ready to start. After we cooked some veggies on the fire, we poked sticks through the sausages, and held them over the fire until they were nice and toasted. We had nice, fresh hotdogs! After, we boiled some water over the fire, and made hot drinks for everyone, as it was less than 10 degrees. We were all rugged up, yet so cold! For desert, we got ripe bananas, and stuffed chocolate in them. As you can imagine it was deliciously genius! At 9:00pm, it was raining so much, we said goodnight to each other and split off into our tents. To get to sleep, we listened to a podcast about ‘Single Ladies’ by Beyoncé. We were off to sleep.

Day 47: Nordfjordeid/ Trollstigen Camping

This morning, we were all awake by 7am, as we had to pack. We were planning on leaving the cabin by 9am, but we had ALOT of packing to do. For the adventure trip, we needed to seperate everything we brought with, and the bare minimum we need to carry with us for the next few days. After eating our pizza scrolls, we left the cabin, and drove 15 minutes to the car ferry. We have a bad track record on getting to the ferry late, and just making it on, so we got there 20 minutes early this time. The ferry had some stunning views, as to be expected. All the hills look exactly like in The Lorax, but no one else thinks that ;)). The ferry only lasted 15 minutes, and then the next leg of our trip was another 15 minute drive. We finally arrived at the boat shed, where we were starting the adventure trip! We thought there was going to be another group coming with us, but yesterday they canceled, so now it’s just us, which we were SUPER glad about. We met the guide Gun, did some briefing, and got all of our clothes and activities into waterproof bags. Because most of the trip except Scandinavia was really hot, we didn’t shlep all of our jumpers, and hiking boots and gloves etc around with us. Instead, back in Siena, we loaded a whole box that we would need for this one leg of the trip, and sent it to this company. It arrived a few weeks ago, and they’ve kept it since. It’s so nice to be in a cool environment, and to not be sweating 24/7. We then loaded all the kayaks with our bags, the tents, sleeping bags, sleeping bag liners, sleeping mats, and food. I had my own kayak, and the others shared in pairs. Over the 2 hours that we were kayaking, the views were absolutely stunning. It’s crazing that we were kayaking in the fjords of Southern Norway! With having made a few stops on the way, we made it o where we’re going to be canning out tonight. Once we parked the kayaks, he told us that there can be ticks in the grass, bees flying around and adders. Polly hates this sort of adventurous stuff, so was a little freaked out for a while, and would even put her toe on the grass. Audrey has never been camping before, so this is her first time and so far, she is loving it! This place is an old, abandoned farm, and it’s tiny. There is sheep poo everywhere, and you can see many sheep in the distance. We unpacked all the food, and had a quick, cold cuts on bread type of lunch. Then, we made and set up the tents, which is mine and dad’s favourite part. The late risers (Polly and Mum) are sleeping together, and the early birds (Audrey, Dad and I) are sleeping together. The tents are not very big, but we’ll see how we go. Since then, we’ve just been exploring this whole place. There’s also no toilet her, so we have to go on the hill which is not very practical ;). We bought with 2 fishing nets, so we’ve been fishing a lot. After standing there for about 2 hours, Polly finally caught quite a large fish!! I was so impressed! She hooked it in the back, so we could Mønt put it back in the water. She was really upset to have to kill a fish, cause she never dreamt she would actually catch one. I helped Gun cut of the head, and take all the fish guts out so that everything can eat it for dinner. Everyone said I should be a surgeon, because I’m not squeamish. It was time for dinner. We got a fire going, and started off by cooking some veggies. Then, we added some pasta and other bits and pieces to the mix. It was delicious. After dinner, we boiled some water on the fire, and sat around the fire drinking our hot drinks. 

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Day 46: Ålesund/ Trollstigen/ Alften/ Geiranger/ Nordfjordeid

We all woke up this morning bright and early, having had great night sleeps. We were only staying in Ålesund for 1 night, so once we were all packed, we headed down to the restaurant for buffet breakfast! They had a whole DIY waffle station, which was amazing! Because Scandinavia is so pricey, we had so much to eat, so we wouldn’t need to buy much for lunch. After that delicious breakfast, we went back upstairs to do our final packing, and then to checkout. We quickly put all our luggage into the car, before we walked around and explored Ålesund. The town is beautiful! There are so many cute, small colourful houses side by side, with stunning viewing points and lighthouses you can see the views from. The temperature is great, it’s about 10 degrees here! Although because we’re used to the heat, we had to go to an h and m to get a jumper or something a bit warmer than a T-shirt. Once we explored quite thoroughly, we walked back to the car via a supermarket to get some snacks for the long car trip ahead of us. We got into the car, and drove 10 minutes to a stunning viewing point that overlooked the whole beautiful town. After that small Pitstop, we were on our way to Alften via Trollstigen. It was a 2 hour drive to Trollstigen, which is classified as one of the best drives in the world. It’s a super windy, curvy road that zig zags up the side of a mountain. It’s views from all the viewing points are absolutely spectacular! We stopped at most of the viewing platforms along the way, and looked down at all the waterfalls and small peaks. The windy road coming down the mountain was called the Eagle Road, which was super narrow, but had gorgeous views. We finally made it to Geiranger, after having stopped at multiple viewing platforms! The ferry ride was only 1 hour, but felt like a while! We painlessly drove off the ferry, after have seen the most amazing views, and have sailed through the Fjords of Norway. We then drove another 90 minutes, after having stopped ALOT on the way, to our 2nd accomodation in Norway. We stayed in a small cabin in Nordfjordeid, a beautiful town. We were sick of having street food lately, so we decided to go for doggy Chinese. Even that was expensive, it was $5 for a spring roll! We only checked in to the cabin at 10pm, exhausted. It was vital that we got a good sleep, as we’ve got an epic adventure coming up! So far, Norway is absolutely stunning!

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Day 46: Ålesund/ Trollstigen/ Alften/ Geiranger/ Nordfjordeid

We all woke up this morning bright and early, having had great night sleeps. We were only staying in Ålesund for 1 night, so once we were all packed, we headed down to the restaurant for buffet breakfast! They had a whole DIY waffle station, which was amazing! Because Scandinavia is so pricey, we had so much to eat, so we wouldn’t need to buy much for lunch. After that delicious breakfast, we went back upstairs to do our final packing, and then to checkout. We quickly put all our luggage into the car, before we walked around and explored Ålesund. The town is beautiful! There are so many cute, small colourful houses side by side, with stunning viewing points and lighthouses you can see the views from. The temperature is great, it’s about 10 degrees here! Although because we’re used to the heat, we had to go to an h and m to get a jumper or something a bit warmer than a T-shirt. Once we explored quite thoroughly, we walked back to the car via a supermarket to get some snacks for the long car trip ahead of us. We got into the car, and drove 10 minutes to a stunning viewing point that overlooked the whole beautiful town. After that small Pitstop, we were on our way to Alften via Trollstigen. It was a 2 hour drive to Trollstigen, which is classified as one of the best drives in the world. It’s a super windy, curvy road that zig zags up the side of a mountain. It’s views from all the viewing points are absolutely spectacular! We stopped at most of the viewing platforms along the way, and looked down at all the waterfalls and small peaks. The windy road coming down the mountain was called the Eagle Road, which was super narrow, but had gorgeous views. We finally made it to Geiranger, after having stopped at multiple viewing platforms! The ferry ride was only 1 hour, but felt like a while! We painlessly drove off the ferry, after have seen the most amazing views, and have sailed through the Fjords of Norway. We then drove another 90 minutes, after having stopped ALOT on the way, to our 2nd accomodation in Norway. We stayed in a small cabin in Nordfjordeid, a beautiful town. We were sick of having street food lately, so we decided to go for doggy Chinese. Even that was expensive, it was $5 for a spring roll! We only checked in to the cabin at 10pm, exhausted. It was vital that we got a good sleep, as we’ve got an epic adventure coming up! So far, Norway is absolutely stunning!

Day 45: Copenhagen/Oslo/Ålesund

This morning, we woke up quite early, with mum and dad telling us that we have to pack as quick as we can. I’m a pretty neat person, but for some reason it was like my bag exploded, and I had stuff everywhere! When we were all packed, it was about 9:00am, so we went down, to store our suitcases in the lockers in the lobby. Because you can put everything on card in Copenhagen, our goal was to not get a single bit of money out of the ATM, and sadly, that goal came to an end when we had to pay for the lockers with coins :(. When mum was packing, she realised that she didn’t pack the right amount of tablets for the rest of the trip, so before we went for breakfast, we walked to the nearest chemist to quickly get them. After, we stoped of at a pharmacy, we walked to the train station via a 7 eleven, where we got our cheap-ish breakfast. Just as we were walking to the train station, it started bucketing down with rain, so we all tried to run to the station. We managed to catch a train super easily, and we were off to a science museum called The Experimentarium, which was similar to Questacon in Canberra. It was perfect timing, because even before the rain, we planned to go here indoor. It was awesome! I loved all the brain problems, and also all the dissected bodies. After that cool experience, we got the bus to a nice, little village where we gate Danish Scones, and looked at all the designer stores. It pretty quickly started to rain again, so we jumped on another bus back to the hotel, where we picked up our luggage and jumped on another train, which dropped us straight at the airport. The Copenhagen airport is super modern with gorgeous shops! We got to the airport quite a bit earlier than we had to, so mum and I could shop some more. Mum ended up buying a really cool pair of sunnies. I didn’t buy anything at the airport, because I bought an IQ game at the museum. The airport was so modern: all the checking in was digital, you put your own luggage barcodes and Tages on your bags, and you program and weigh your bags into the system, and then you send them down the convey belt. There are no humans, which is awesome!!Our whole journey through the airport went really smooth, which is quite unusual. We thought it was strange how they didn’t even check our passports once. At 5:00pm, we got on our first 1 hour flight to Oslo, Norway. We got off the flight, to see another small, super fancy, modern airport. We felt like we all had to whisper. The floor was marble, and practically everything else was timber. We only had a 1 hour layover, so not much time for dawdling.  We all made it on the plane in one piece, just before it started to rain. The 2nd flight to Ålesund was painless and super easy. We got off the plane, and within 20 minutes we had our bags. We then collected our rental car from Hertz, that we’re going to be keeping for 10 days. Dad booked a station wagon, for all the nice drives we’re going to be doing, but all they had left was a station wagon, so he was a bit upset by that, but at least it’s more comfy for us ;). We made it to the hotel mostly dry. Mum had checked in earlier, so it took practically no time. The room is super modern! We’re only staying here for one night, but the view is amazing, overlooking the water! We’re going to 2 Scandinavian countries: Denmark and a Norway. Denmark was more city, and Norway’s going to be more wilderness and adventurous!

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Day 44: Copenhagen

This morning, we woke up at 7am, soon to realise mum and dad were downstairs in the lobby working. Mum has gone to a 7 eleven nearby and had gotten us yogurt and a pastry for breakfast. No one felt like leaving the room any time soon, so at 11:00am after watching slot of glee, mum and I decided to go shopping by ourselves. The stores were beautiful, and modern. All the Scandinavian clothes are just gorgeous. Earlier, dad went exercising so it wasn’t like he only left the house at midday. At about 1:00pm, dad convinced the girls to leave the study room, and meet us at an awesome game shop! We ended up buying a few small games that can easily be traveled with. We found a nice, hipster cafe to eat lunch at. As per usual, it was very expensive, but delicious. A kids burger and chips were $25. A few great streets to shop include Elmegade, Pilestæde, Grønegade, and Strøget. Arket is one of our favourite Danish stores, as it’s basically a Danish Muji. At this point, Audrey was getting ver tired, so Dad took her to the LEGO store and some toy stores, while Polly, Mum and I kept shopping. Shortly after, we jumpen on e-scooters, and all met up at the Harbourside, where there were sidewalk trampolines! We walked around to Nyhavn to see the famous coloured houses. We had a quick stop for water, and Danish apple pie. We got the bus home, and grabbed quick dinner at the train station to eat in the room. I got Thai, which was named ‘the best Thai in Copenhagen’ but it was amazing! We got back to the room by 7:00pm, and to bed by 9:00pm after having watched some glee, had showers and played some games. Hopefully everyone’s ready for a travel day to Norway tomorrow! We’ve all LOVED Copenhagen, and this week in Copenhagen, it’s actually Pride week, which has made it all the more interesting!

This morning, we woke up at 7am, soon to realise mum and dad were downstairs in the lobby working. Mum has gone to a 7 eleven nearby and had gotten us yogurt and a pastry for breakfast. No one felt like leaving the room any time soon, so at 11:00am after watching slot of glee, mum and I decided to go shopping by ourselves. The stores were beautiful, and modern. All the Scandinavian clothes are just gorgeous. Earlier, dad went exercising so it wasn’t like he only left the house at midday. At about 1:00pm, dad convinced the girls to leave the study room, and meet us at an awesome game shop! We ended up buying a few small games that can easily be traveled with. We found a nice, hipster cafe to eat lunch at. As per usual, it was very expensive, but delicious. A kids burger and chips were $25. A few great streets to shop include Elmegade, Pilestæde, Grønegade, and Strøget. Arket is one of our favourite Danish stores, as it’s basically a Danish Muji. At this point, Audrey was getting ver tired, so Dad took her to the LEGO store and some toy stores, while Polly, Mum and I kept shopping. Shortly after, we jumpen on e-scooters, and all met up at the Harbourside, where there were sidewalk trampolines! We walked around to Nyhavn to see the famous coloured houses. We had a quick stop for water, and Danish apple pie. We got the bus home, and grabbed quick dinner at the train station to eat in the room. I got Thai, which was named ‘the best Thai in Copenhagen’ but it was amazing! We got back to the room by 7:00pm, and to bed by 9:00pm after having watched some glee, had showers and played some games. Hopefully everyone’s ready for a travel day to Norway tomorrow! We’ve all LOVED Copenhagen, and this week in Copenhagen, it’s actually Pride week, which has made it all the more interesting!

Day 43: Copenhagen

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Day 43: Copenhagen

This morning, I woke up early after not having a great night sleep. We all woke up at about 6 am, so decided to watch a glee. After some relaxation time in the hostel, we decided to set off to find some breakfast. Earlier, dad researched great places to eat at, and he found a really cool food market. We walked 20 minutes along the stunning streets of Copenhagen to breakfast. In the market, there was this hipster cafe, that only served porridge. Dad and I felt like we had to get it, so we did, and it was delicious! In Copenhagen, there are so many bikes, and so many electric scooters, up for rent. So, we walked to where the map said some LIME electric scooters were, and rented 4 of them because Audrey went on the front of dad’s. With the scooters, we just cruised around the streets, and stumbled across a playground with a mini farm. At the farm, there were goats, chickens, rabbits and hamsters. Polly and I were trying to pick up the chickens for most of the time, while Audrey had a hamster on her lap. After that pit stop, we scootered through a beautiful park, and walked in and out shops to find some lunch. We ate at a regular, hipster cafe, where a coffee was $8. After that expensive meal, we bought these Copenhagen passes, that allow us to go see 80 different attractions, and get all public transport for free. After lunch, we caught the bus from the boarder of the park, to Tivoli Park, which is awesome! Even though they were wxpensive, we got the unlimited rides pass for everyone. It’s a hugely themed amusement park, with heaps of rides. Audrey went on all the small rides non-bumpy rides. Polly went on some of the adrenaline based rides upside down, but mainly not to scary rides. I went on the fully upside down spiny rides, and the huge roller coasters. The amusement park was like Luna Park, newer, on steroids! After we basically spun our stomachs out of our bodies, Audrey spotted a build a bear right near the park, that she made us go to. She’s been wanting one for so long, I was glad to finally hear the end of it! In build a bear, she absolutely had a ball choosing the bear and the clothes...After buying her bear which is actually a bear/mermaid, we headed back into the park and grabbed some food in the food hall. That was all quite average, and what you would expect. After dinner, mum and Audrey were completely out of energy, but Polly, dad and I kept going. After a few more rides, Polly got exhausted, so it was just dad and I left. The park was super empty at night, even though the rides were all lit up and looked really cool. We went on the spiny chairs that we t up super high, and we basically saw the whole of Copenhagen. It was amazing! By the time we walked back to the hostel through the train station, it was 11:30pm. Tivoli park was a Great way to end our incredible day in Copenhagen!

This really was one of the epic Gunsberger days !!

Day 42: Biograd/Zadar/Tivoli

This morning, we all got woken up at 7am by our alarm clocks. We had to pack all our stuff, leave the boat, and check out by 8:30am. After we got ourselves together, and checked out, we walked 2 minutes, to our pre-booked maxi taxi that was waiting at the Marina. It was only a half an hour drive to the airport, and was mostly along the freeway. At the tiny Zadar airport, we had 3 hours to kill, before our flight to Poland. For the 3 hours, we went to a cafe, and grab breakfast. Mum and dad got an email a few days ago that I have to choose my electives for year 9 already, so we spent an hour at the cafe looking over all the notes, and subjects. It was making my brain hurt! 30 minutes before the flight left, we left the cafe, and went through security and passport control before boarding the plane at 1pm. We took-off at 1:20pm. On the plane, we were all saying how our lead up to the flight had Netzer gone so smoothly (all we need is 3 hours to kill :). The flight was 2 hours long, so we landed in Poland at 3:20pm. We had 2 connecting flights, so they transferred our luggage from one plane to the other because they were the same airline. We had a 2 hour layover, and so, we decided to step outside of the airport, to say that we’ve officially been to Poland. Dad checked the boarding passes, and because of him European credit card, we got priority checkin, and we were allowed into a few VIP lounges for free, which was very exciting! There was a fancy buffet, with very nice bathrooms. There, we ate dinner even though it was only 4pm, so we wouldn’t have to get it later. The second flight to Copenhagen left at 5pm, after it was delayed by 30 minutes. It was only an hour, so felt like not much time at all. We flew LOT, a Polish airline company both times, and even on the hour long flight, we got complementary food, which was tasty. We arrived in Copenhagen at 6:20, due to minor delays in the air, although had to walk 10 minutes to the baggage wheels, and then wait another 40 minutes for our suitcases. We scurried out of the airport with all our luggage, trying to flag a taxi down. We soon jumped in a maxi-taxi and were off to our hostel, right next to Tivoli. The hostel’s actually the exact same company that ran the hostel we stayed in in Milan, and the same layout and look. Once we checked in, and brought all our luggage up, we all had quick, refreshing showers, and then while mum and dad did research, we relaxed, and watched a movie. We were all just saying how smooth this travel day went! So far, Copenhagen is stunning, even the stores in the airport. Every store looks like opus, and beautiful! Some places look exactly like London, but newer. Can’t wait for the next few days!

This morning, we all got woken up at 7am by our alarm clocks. We had to pack all our stuff, leave the boat, and check out by 8:30am. After we got ourselves together, and checked out, we walked 2 minutes, to our pre-booked maxi taxi that was waiting at the Marina. It was only a half an hour drive to the airport, and was mostly along the freeway. At the tiny Zadar airport, we had 3 hours to kill, before our flight to Poland. For the 3 hours, we went to a cafe, and grab breakfast. Mum and dad got an email a few days ago that I have to choose my electives for year 9 already, so we spent an hour at the cafe looking over all the notes, and subjects. It was making my brain hurt! 30 minutes before the flight left, we left the cafe, and went through security and passport control before boarding the plane at 1pm. We took-off at 1:20pm. On the plane, we were all saying how our lead up to the flight had Netzer gone so smoothly (all we need is 3 hours to kill :). The flight was 2 hours long, so we landed in Poland at 3:20pm. We had 2 connecting flights, so they transferred our luggage from one plane to the other because they were the same airline. We had a 2 hour layover, and so, we decided to step outside of the airport, to say that we’ve officially been to Poland. Dad checked the boarding passes, and because of him European credit card, we got priority checkin, and we were allowed into a few VIP lounges for free, which was very exciting! There was a fancy buffet, with very nice bathrooms. There, we ate dinner even though it was only 4pm, so we wouldn’t have to get it later. The second flight to Copenhagen left at 5pm, after it was delayed by 30 minutes. It was only an hour, so felt like not much time at all. We flew LOT, a Polish airline company both times, and even on the hour long flight, we got complementary food, which was tasty. We arrived in Copenhagen at 6:20, due to minor delays in the air, although had to walk 10 minutes to the baggage wheels, and then wait another 40 minutes for our suitcases. We scurried out of the airport with all our luggage, trying to flag a taxi down. We soon jumped in a maxi-taxi and were off to our hostel, right next to Tivoli. The hostel’s actually the exact same company that ran the hostel we stayed in in Milan, and the same layout and look. Once we checked in, and brought all our luggage up, we all had quick, refreshing showers, and then while mum and dad did research, we relaxed, and watched a movie. We were all just saying how smooth this travel day went! So far, Copenhagen is stunning, even the stores in the airport. Every store looks like opus, and beautiful! Some places look exactly like London, but newer. Can’t wait for the next few days!

Day 41: Otok Molat/Ošljak/Biograd

Today’s dad’s birthday!! This morning, dad woke up at about 5:00am, as per usual, and decided to squeeze in an early morning kayak before we unwrap presents. The four of us woke up at 6:00am, and didn’t tell dad, so we had time to blow up balloons and wrap presents. At 6:30, we gave dad all of our cards and presents, and he loved everything. We shared a very small cake between the 5 of us, and we’re going to stick candles in it, but realised that they were actually like firework candle, so we saved them for night. Once we wished him a happy birthday, we went for a quick dip in the ocean, before we had some cold pizza from last night. After another swim and a snorkel where we saw heaps of fish, we sailed 2 hours, to Mrljane . For 2 hours, we swam, went kayaking, and paddle boarding, ate lunch, and did many flips off the boat. This was our last swim :(. We got there at 2pm, and left at 4. We then sailed 1 hour back to the Marina in Biograd, where we docked right back where we began, and said goodbye to Damien. Because everyone was so hot, and not bothered to go anywhere, I finally convinced everyone to walk down to where the parasailing was. We walked down, and asked them if the weather was ok for it, and if they could fit us in. Incredibly, they said yes!! I was ecstatic, as Dad, Audrey and I got our life vests, and harnesses on! We set out on the bumpy boat into the middle of nowhere. Polly and Mum stayed on the boat, while us three got strapped in to the parachute, and were gently lifted up by the wind. There were 5 height we could choose from, and I wanted thee highest, but Audrey wanted the lowest, so we settled on the middle height which was 350 metres, and it felt really high. Once the rope was fully extended, it was awesome, live a one in a lifetime experience! It was everything I hoped. I had our small GoPro strapped to me, so I could film the whole thing, and take some selfies. Amazingly, we we went up at a prime time. The sun was about to set, and everything was beautiful. It also wasn’t to hot or cold. Dad said that 350 metres is about the height that he flies his drone, so we’re we practically human drones. Dad and I were surprised how smooth and quiet it actually was in the air. We landed on the boat back on our bums, really smoothly with no turbulence. After that incredible experience, it was about 7pm. Last week when we were in Biograd, we saw quite a big pop-up carnival, so we though we would go check it out. It turned out to be really fun! First, Polly, Audrey and I went in our own inflatable bubble, over water like in Fox Studios. It lasted 10 minutes, and by the time we all got out of the bubble, we were absolutely dripping with sweat! Then, because it was quite late we just went on one more ride, which was a really high, spiny light-up one, that was awesome! There were only seats for two, and Dad doesn’t like spiny rides, so Audrey and I went together, and Polly and mum. After some fun at the carnival, we walked back to the boat, via a bakery, where we got Burak (traditional meat pastries). Back at the boat, we were going to have a glee marathon to end dad’s birthday, but it was 10pm, so that didn’t happen. Dad’s birthday couldn’t have gone better, and our last day in Croatia was incredible!

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Day 40: Sali/Muline/Otok Molat

This morning, I woke up to Audrey whispering in my ear, asking for the wifi password. Last night, mum and dad slept on the deck together, for their monthly anniversary. By the time Audrey and I woke up, mum and dad left the boat, and had gone for a coffee walk at the bakery. Once Audrey and I were both wide awake, we texted mum and asked if we could join her. Polly was still asleep, but Audrey and I walked 5 minutes to the bakery where mum and dad were. We shared 2 traditional Croatian pastries: Savory (Burek), and sweet (a nutty-cinnamon scroll). We also got a whole loaf of fresh bread to have for lunch. After breakfast we walked around the corner to a huge fruit market, where we got heaps of fresh produce, including half a watermelon. We walked back at the boat, to find Polly, awake sitting on the couch. After a refreshing dip, we sailed 3 days to Otok Sestrunj, where there was this really cool tunnel/cave that reminded Polly and Dad of Indiana Jones. There, it was really deep, so we did a lot of jumping of the side of the boat, and Polly and I did heaps of flips. All of a sudden when we were about to go for another swim, it started bucketing down with rain, and there was heaps of lightning and thunder. As you can imagine, it was all a bit frantic for a few minutes until we packed all our stuff up, closed all the windows and came inside. During the storm, we ate lunch inside and waited for the storm to die down. After a few minutes it already wasn’t that strong, so we left Otok Sestrunj, and sailed 2 hours to Muline, where we tried to moore unsuccessfully. Sadly, there was no space for our bulk catamaran, so still in the storm, we sailed another 2 hours to Otok Molat, where we are currently moored. Thankfully, there were heaps of free spots, and by the time we parked, the rain and storm had stopped. The water here is so clear, and stunning! It was so tempting to go in the ocean, we had to go for a swim. We stayed in the water for about 2 hours. I was estatic, because I finally mastered my front and backflips. Damien taught us a way of sufficiently showering outdoors, called the skipper shower. First, you jump in the ocean and get all wet, then you cover yourself in soap. You then jump back into the ocean, to get majority of the soap off, and finally rinse all the salt off with fresh water. After some relaxation time, we rode the dingy into town, and walked around a bit, although there wasn’t much to see. Again, there were mainly pizzeria’s so we didn’t have much option. The pizza though was really good, surprisingly. It’s amazing, because most of them people here don’t speak English, and since Damien has most his meals with us, he’s like our personal Croatian translator. After getting the dingy back to the boat, we hear and see the people on the boat right next to us, all drunk having a huge party. It’s going to be very peaceful tonight ;)

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Day 39: Kornati/Sali

I woke up this morning, to a cute surprise. Audrey was poking her head through my port hole, dangling a wafer on a piece of string. I quickly got up, and lay on the deck to watching the stunning sunrise right in front of us. It was magical. Once we all had breakfast, went for a quick, refreshing dip in the ocean before we left the rural part of the National Park Kornati. We sailed 2 hours to the middle of Kornati, to go for a swim, and finally, a snorkel. There endend up not being very many fish, and heaps of sea urchins, which I am terrified of. After a couple hours of relaxing, and swimming, we sailed 3 hours to Sali, which is a like a huge city, compared to the places we’ve been to the past few days. There are about 10 restaurants, and 5 shops. We spent the afternoon in and out of the water, trying hard not to step on an Urchine. At 7:00pm, we went for a walk through the town, and along the pier. Most of the restaurants here are pizzeria’s, and even though we live in Italy, we decided to go to casual sit-down one. The pizza doesn’t compare to Italian pizza, but it was still delicious. We came back to the boat at about 7:30pm, and decided to have a movie night on the deck. We got every pillow and blanket that we could find on the boat, and we lay them down on the nets on the deck. We all snuggled up to each other and watched GLEE cause we couldn’t all agree on a movie. It was the perfect ending of a great day. 

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Day 38: Otok Kaprije/Kornati

This morning, for some reason we were all up and powered on the deck by 6:30am. After we had some granola for breakfast, we got on our swimmers, jumped off the boat for a refreshing swim. The water was the perfect temperature, not too hot not too cold. We were still docked at the restaurant, and the restaurant owned huge inflatables, so we were offered to go on them, and as per usual they were so much fun! After a lot of kayaking, inflatables, jumping, swimming, and paddle boarding, we left this Bay, and because it was windy enough, we sailed 3 hours to Otok Kaprije, where we docked, and swam. Polly, Dad and I kayaked to land which was only 5 minutes away, to check out the restaurants. It is a tiny town with only about 4 restaurants, but we booked an outdoor table at one of them. The restaurant was called Neptun. We kayaked back, and kept swimming and doing watersports until it was time to get ready and leave. Tonight, we got to eat by ourselves, just the five of us. The restaurant was quite casual, and the waiter was super nice. He even warned us that there was going to be bad service, and yes, he was right. Although, the food was really good! After dinner at about 9:30pm, we got an ice cream, jumped on the dingy and headed back to our catamaran. The night before last, dad slept on the net on the deck above the water with his pillow and doona, so I thought it would be really fun to sleep with him last night. We didn’t get to sleep until about 11:00pm, because we were chatting about the Milky Way Wand all the planets and stars. We even saw some shooting stars and satellites. I was so cosy all night, but did wake up a lot, just to stare at the night sky. At 5:00am it got really windy and cold, so we were both hiding and snuggling under our doonas. In the end, I thought sleeping under the stars, above the water was awesome!

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Day 37: Otok Kaprije

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Day 37: Otok Kaprije

This morning, for some reason we were all up and powered on the deck by 6:30am. After we had some granola for breakfast, we got on our swimmers, jumped off the boat for a refreshing swim. The water was the perfect temperature, not too hot not too cold. We were still docked at the restaurant, and the restaurant owned huge inflatables, so we were offered to go on them, and as per usual they were so much fun! After a lot of kayaking, inflatables, jumping, swimming, and paddle boarding, we left this Bay, and because it was windy enough, we sailed 3 hours to Otok Kaprije, where we docked, and swam. Polly, Dad and I kayaked to land which was only 5 minutes away, to check out the restaurants. It is a tiny town with only about 4 restaurants, but we booked an outdoor table at one of them. The restaurant was called Neptun. We kayaked back, and kept swimming and doing watersports until it was time to get ready and leave. Tonight, we got to eat by ourselves, just the five of us. The restaurant was quite casual, and the waiter was super nice. He even warned us that there was going to be bad service, and yes, he was right. Although, the food was really good! After dinner at about 9:30pm, we got an ice cream, jumped on the dingy and headed back to our catamaran. The night before last, dad slept on the net on the deck above the water with his pillow and doona, so I thought it would be really fun to sleep with him last night. We didn’t get to sleep until about 11:00pm, because we were chatting about the Milky Way Wand all the planets and stars. We even saw some shooting stars and satellites. I was so cosy all night, but did wake up a lot, just to stare at the night sky. At 5:00am it got really windy and cold, so we were both hiding and snuggling under our doonas. In the end, I thought sleeping under the stars, above the water was awesome!

Day 36: Zincena Bay/Strunac Bay

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Day 26: Zincena Bay/Strunac Bay

We were supposed to head off to one of the islands and leave the Marina last night, but due to the weather, we couldn’t. So, we had to spend last night at the Marina. We all woke up at 7:00am this morning, ready to leave. The bedrooms are like little capsules, and were so cosy to sleep in last night. At 7, we all sat around the deck eating our fruit pastries, while Damien got the boat going. Since then, we’ve been Zincena Bay in Island Pasman, and Strunac Bay in Island Zut. In both those places, we swam in the crystal clear water. We kept jumping of the side of the boat, stand up paddle boarding, and kayaking. It was awesome. In between our bursts of energy, we would take our towels up to the deck, and lay in the sun on the nets over the water. At midday, when I was paddle boarding with Polly and Audrey, we lost our balance and fell of, but because the paddle doesn’t float, I held it close to me, and managed to chip one of my front teeth :( which mum and dad were not very happy about. For dinner, we went to a really nice restaurant called Restoran Fešta in Otok Žut. You could only get to the restaurant by boat, and it was like they had restaurant parking for boats because they had scattered many boys in the water. When we arrived, we tied our catamaran to a boy, jumped on to our own dingy that we carry with us, and rode to the restaurant. It was quite weird that Damien ate with us, and also quite awkward! The food was fancy, but delicious. The rooms are so cosy, and the beds are so comfy, I could eat wait to get all snuggled up!

Day 35: Biograd

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Day 35: Biograd

This morning, we had to wake up early, due to the fact that we had to have breakfast, and check out by 10:00am. Mum, Polly, and I were too sleepy to go, get breakfast, so Dad, and Audrey brought back some pastries for us to share. After our smooth checkout, we drove 10 minutes to the Marina, where we had to checkin to our boat. We’re only getting on the boat at 5pm tonight, but we still had to checkin this morning. After being forced to wait out in the sun for an hour while mum and dad checked in, we walked along the beach, to find out if we could parasail, and unfortunately, they said no. I was devastated, but at the same time excited to do it in another place. After we had a delicious lunch, we looked in a couple shops, to try and find thongs for Polly, and a hat and a dress for me. I’ve been looking for a dress for SO long, and finally found one that I love. I also got a stylist hat, and Polly got ‘slides’ which are really a trend at the moment. While all this shopping was going on, dad drove 40 minutes to drop the rental car back at the airport, and got an Uber back. Then, it was time to head to the Marina, fill out the final forms, put our last deposits down, and board the ship :)! We then met the Skipper (Damien), and discussed all the crucial information. We explored the whole boat, and finally picked our rooms to unpack. There are two slightly bigger rooms at the back of the ship, and two smaller ones at the front all with their own bathrooms. Two off the rooms are only accessible from the deck, in which one is going to be occupied by the skipper. All around the boat, there are small glass windows so that you can see the ocean. We also have 1 stand up paddle board, 1 two seater kayak, 1 donut floaty, and a new, two person lilo, that we bought today. Overall, the boat is AWESOME, like anyone’s dream come true, and we’re so lucky to be spending a whole week on it.