So here I am in hitch-priced and modern, secure and organised Norway. It´s a beautiful country indeed but the public transport system is a bit strange.
The other day, I had planned to go to town and would try out to hitch-hike from here (way out in the countryside) at the bus stop. In case nobody would pick me up, I was going to get the bus which was due to pass in one hour.
So I held out my thumb and waited, and waited, and waited. It started to rain and I still waited and waited. The traffic was heavy and guess what? I waited in vain and thought, “hm that bus shold come anytime now..” Finally, a German ex-pat stopped for me and took me to the city. Happy Tanja with very friendly driver got to get to town :)
Just before I was heading back , I re-checked the timetable which I had with me. Ups, no operation on public holidays. How could I miss that? Because I was silly enough to believe that public holidays are automatically Sundays here too! I should have known and that was a beginners mistake to get carried away in assumptions... Shame on me.
But the good thing about it: Norway has happy bus drivers. They too get the public holidays off and the company saves loads of money for Sunday-surcharge working hours.
Hey, wait a minute? But who transports me? Are we all expected to own a car? All of us? So that gets me to the point of thinking, I don´t want to life my life the way others expect me to...
Ok some of us do hitchhiking but others don´t dare to do it. And honestly, if I compare the amount of traffic that passed me (hundreds) to the amount of cars that stopped (1) I dont blame anybody who doesent fancy doing it in Norway.
So no more going out on public holidays unless you own a car!