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The ice planet Hoth

Saturday, April 20th 2002

The journey from Myrdal took us back to Oslo across the icy wasteland of the Hardangervidda plateau. In the night, on the train to Bergen, I'd looked out and seen huge expanses of snow, and the daytime crossing was awesome. Occasionally in the middle of nowhere we'd spot a couple of cross-country skiers. I listened to "The Sun Always Shines On TV" by A-Ha for some good Norwegian accompaniment. One thing I liked about this bit of the journey was that the plateau starred as the ice planet Hoth in "The Empire Strikes Back".

We got back to Oslo at about 10pm, and made our way to a hostel. We found ourselves sharing a room with an American traveller called Brian, and our arrival woke him up. He'd clearly had a massive Friday night out; he asked us the time, and when we said it was 11, he thought it was 11am on Sunday morning. He was totally baffled to find that it was still the middle of the night. He was too confused to hit the town again, so the three of us left him to recover and went out to check out Oslo nightlife.

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