Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Guess where we're going?!

A few Fridays ago, I mentioned that JP and I were planning a big trip for this year. I wanted to wait to spill the beans about it until it was officially booked for a few reasons.

a) It's a really big trip and I didn't want to get my hopes up.
b) It involves other parties and I didn't want to get their hopes up!

As of last night, it is official. Our flight is booked and we are going to this beautiful country...




...to see this beautiful girl and her amazing family...




...to celebrate her momma's 50th birthday Texas style!

That's right, we're going to Norway in June to visit my Charlotte and her family! If you're new around here, Charlotte is my little sister's best friend/practically a sister to me who became one of my best friends this past year when she lived with JP and I for 6 months while she interned in Houston! Charlotte's mom is celebrating her 50th birthday and having a Texas themed party. I can't think of a better way to celebrate than having two Texans show up! {Side note: Charlotte's family used to live in Texas down the street from us actually. That's how Char and Emily became besties. We've known them for 12 years!}

The last time I went to Norway was in December 2007/January 2008. Let's just say it was cold. And dark. Really cold. And really beautiful. I'm excited to see Norway during the summertime, enjoy the beautiful weather and explore with Charlotte now that we're "grown ups". Here are some snaps from last time...




We did it all! From attempting to "snow board" on the hill near Charlotte's house to crazy fast sleds...







...lots of tasty Norwegian cuisine to a real live one horse open sleigh...







...to visiting Oslo, seeing the royal and political buildings and tormenting the guards...







...to skiing the Olympic slopes in Lillehammer. Just kidding. I did the bunny hills. No pictures of that though. Probably a good idea :)

I'm excited to go back, see more of the country and experience it with my husband and one of my closest friends! I can't believe I'm actually going back to Norway! And in only 3 months!

Watch out Charlotte and Vorkinn family...the Gouglers are coming!

Have you ever been to Norway?
What off the beaten path places have you visited?
You know what I mean...like non-traditional vacation spots!

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