The adventure has begun! After a pretty decent travel day (as far as travel days can go) I am now in Oslo, Norway and am just chillin at the hotel. Biggest take away from travelling so far: European airlines are immensely superior to North American ones (although Air Canada is decent compared to United or Alaska). The food is way better, as is the service, and overall they seem more comfortable. That said, maybe I am in such a euphoric state as I travel to the Arctic that even Aeroflot would seem like a luxury airline.
I just got back from walking up to the Royal Palace in Oslo from the Hotel Bristol (very cute and old school and far more fancy than I am used too). It was lovely, such a pretty city! I came across a beautiful bookstore that had an owl sign outside that looked like it came from a movie. Maybe all of Europe will seem like this to me because I have only ever seen it in a movie. I need to get back to this continent sooner rather than later.
I am currently sitting on my windowsill waiting to meet up with Cristina and Ellen (the two other Grosvenor Teacher Fellows on my trip). I can’t wait to see them again! We first met in Washington, DC for the workshop that we had at National Geographic Headquarters in April. They are hilarious, and I am worried that the laughter coming from our room will lead to trouble; Karen, our naturalist mentor, has informed us that the walls are paper-thin. Uh oh!