As much as I love flying I also like the freedom of taking the car and drive. We have been on several road-trips from Norway, through Europe and to Italy, France and Spain. Usually Mr. No-Backpacker is the chauffeur while I drive the odd hours when he is tired.
This road-trip, beginning Thursday, from Bergen to Oslo and back home to Bergen will be different in many ways. Mr. No-Backpacker is not going with us so it will be me and our son who will divide the driving in between us. This is also the first road-trip after young Mr. No-Backpacker got his driving-licence. Quite exciting to have a son who can drive eh? Although the most exciting is that he will not go back to Bergen with me as this is also his moving out to study in Tromsø, the very north of Norway.
To return back home alone, driving 8 hours from Oslo to Bergen, is going very far out of my comfort zone, a big step. I like to drive, but I have never driven more than two hours by my own. However this is something I have been thinking of for a long time, that I want to challenge myself to do it and now is the time.
I know a lot of women who take the car beween Oslo and Bergen without doubts and I have always envied them. Not because they actually do it, but because the know they can do it, they know they are not dependent on others, and I think that is the feeling I want to get too. I travel all over the world on my own so why not driving alone too?