Finn Mørk, Mo i Rana, 2012
After my lovely stay at Synnøve’s and a quick climb in Lofoten I headed south. Not sure how many kilometers I would be able to hitchhike in one day, I sent an SMS to my cousin telling him I would be visiting him in Trondheim in 2 or 3 days. The trip went well; I never waited for more than 45 minutes for someone to pick me up and most of the time I waited less than 20 minutes on the roadside. I have no idea how people can find it difficult to hitchhike in Norway.
This is Finn, he lives in Mo i Rana, the first town bellow the polar circle in Norway. The town is quite famous for its iron industry and Finn worked in “Jernverket” the iron factory for many many years until he accidentally got to breathe some toxic gases that attached to his lungs. He hasn’t been able to work since then, so he gets a disablement pension and lives with with his wife in a cozy house with a nice terrace.
-hei! Jeg heter Sébastian, jeg er på haiketur og jeg leter etter ett sted å bo i kveld. Kan jeg få bo hos deg? Jeg har sovepose, mat, og trenger egentlig bare ett tak over hodet.
-Hello, my name is Sébastian. I am hitchhiking and right now I’m looking for a place to sleep. Do you have somewhere I could sleep? I have a sleeping bag, food, and all I need is a roof.”
When I knocked on their door it was dark and quite late, but it didn’t prevent them from offering me shelter and a bed. In the morning we sat outside, talking for almost two hours in the sun. It’s amazing how some people who don’t have anything in common can meet and become friends for life. Finn, I am already looking forward to travel in Norway again, and I promise that I will visit you next time I’m around!