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by MS
March 18, 2021
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Traveling solo means getting to know the real you.


It happened during the summer of 2016, I was 22 years old. I just came back from an opera project in the Bavarian Alps. And I had this feeling that I need to go somewhere else soon. So I booked flight tickets to Bergen, they were really cheap – approximately 50eur for both ways. I thought that Norway would be a safe choice for the first-time female solo trip. I wasn’t nervous or had doubts about going alone, actually, I felt pretty good.

At Airbnb, I booked a room with a kitchen and shared bathroom. When I went there it looked much nicer than in pictures. I had this roof-top room with an amazing view of Fjords. If you wonder about this shared bathroom thing, it was totally okay, because there were just 4 rooms and the first days I was alone there. Every evening before going to sleep I watched “Friends”.

If you never go, you will never know.

When you are traveling totally alone you just realize that you can truly do everything by yourself. And of course, you also start to talk with yourself – but that is okay! I went hiking there, just looked around the city (which is really nice), and went for the Fjord cruise. That was the highlight of my trip! I hopped on some pretty big boat and went for a 6-hour cruise. We stopped on the shore which actually was a city – there lived approximately 40-50 people. At the next stop, we took some cold spring water that came down from the cliff. During this cruise on the boat sounded Edvard Grieg (Norwegian classical composer).

I always had this connection with Norway – since school time I loved Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Grieg’s violin sonata is one of the most delightful pieces!

P.S. When you are traveling alone you learn to take good selfies 🙂