“Travels to a Different Time” :14July1975: Dombas Norway: Hopefully not Gangrene: Travelling with the Souvenir Salesman

A restless night as had to sop up water in my leaking tent with my bathing suit. A lull in the rain enabled me to take down my tent and then it started to belt again. As the Zambian and Aussie girls were sleeping I had to find shelter under a tree until they woke up. One of the Aussie girl’s leg looked ugly which meant they had to drive back to Trondheim for medical attention so we said good-bye. Hopefully it is not gangrene and there will be no need to amputate. In 10 minutes a lift with a souvenir salesman, wife and two children. It was but a 30 km lift. It was so cold up 2000 feet in the mountains. The next lift was with the Zambian and the Aussie girls. I got a lift to the youth hostel in Dombas. After camping out in the wild the youth hostel seemed like luxury. Met a Dane and we went for a spin on his motorcycle through Dombas. A tourist trap full of gaudy souvenir shops but ignore them and you have a spectacular view of the mountains. We are up at 2,500 feet. Back to the youth hostel for a swig of duty-free vodka the Dane had purchased. Off to bed at 22:00.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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