I packed two things on my trip to Norway that enhanced the quality of my trip so much that I now feel compelled to sing their praises.
If you do not own a pair of black Danskos, you need to run (not walk) to your nearest hippie shoe distributor. I took a big chance and packed only one pair of shoes for Norway. I wore these shoes to my audition, I walked all over Bergen in them, and they were perfectly comfortable on my long walk up a mountain. Black Danskos are the perfect shoe, and I love them. I have known for quite some time that my days of tippy high heel boots were behind me, but now I know that I will never again waver from clunky, matronly, absurdly practical, and oddly sexy.....clogs.
Where Danskos are practical, the ipod is the ultimate in unnecessary, yet life changing, technology. Traveling alone can be painfully lonely. There were many times when I felt awkward and fidgety. Having a little device in my pocket filled with every song I have ever owned, was the easiest and surest way to help me to relax and enjoy the moment. Self consciousness about being alone sometimes made it difficult to enjoy what I was doing- but I discovered that when I am listening to my favorite song, I never really feel alone. Having a personalized soundtrack playing in my mind allows me to step away from myself and my fretful worries. While wearing my ipod, instead of feeling lonely, I would start to feel like I was in a movie about a feisty gal tromping her way around Norway looking for adventure. And honestly, that is a pretty good movie.