When things don't go as planned

December 23, 2016

Well, my father-in-law has just arrived in Trondheim and we are ready for celebrating the Christmas together. We had made many plans before he came to visit us and one of them was to go to Sweden since the food is cheaper there and the alcohol.

Johan has just gotten a new job and therefor we have decided to buy a new car. In this occasion we were lent the car that we were thinking to buy which was very kind of the owner. Happily we went for Sweden in the car we were thinking to buy and we were looking forward to buy lots of delicious food for Christmas and all kinds of alcohol.

Things were going very well and we were talking about that we really liked the car. We stopped by a hamburger restaurant to buy some burgers before continuing on our way to Sweden. Close to the border it was a lot of snow which gave such a nice winter and Christmas feeling. We finally crossed the border and we had only 30 minutes left of driving before arriving our destination in Sweden but suddenly the air in the car went from warm to cold. We were surprised and started to look for errors with the car but could not discover any. Then suddenly, we saw smoke coming up the engine and we had to stop the car. It was something in the engine that was broken and therefor we could drive it anymore.


There was no one there since we stopped in the middle of nowhere. My father-in-law had a cool brain and suggested to let the car trill down the hill where it was a house. We knocked on the door and a friendly Swedish man came out. Norwegian and Swedish language are very similar so we do not have to switch to English in order to speak with one another. He gave us some water and we tried fill it on the tank to cool the engine down but something was broken so the water left the tank after we had filled it on the tank.

We had to call a rescue car to come all the way from Norway to Sweden to pick us up and take the car with him. Meanwhile, we were lucky to be invited inside the house of the Swedish people that were living in the house. We spoke about everything for 1,5 hrs and they served us coffee and some food which we thought were very kind of them.

Now we are finally safe and back in Trondheim after a long and hectic day. Well, I guess it is right to say that things does not always go as planned even though your plan is well planned. No alcohol nor Swedish food for us this Christmas and we had to delay our present shopping till tomorrow. However, that is still okay and even though today has been a bit hard I think we will have a good laugh about it in the future and remember it with a smile on our face.

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  • Reply Margarita December 23, 2016 at 12:09 am

    How fortunate for you, Roberta, that you were all together and found a helpful and hospitable assistant! 😉 xoM

  • Reply alvarezgalloso December 23, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Thanks for sharing

  • Reply Let's CUT the Crap! December 23, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Good to hear you are safe and back home, but what about the car’s owner and are you still going to buy the car when it’s fixed?

    Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year to YOU. 🙂

    • Reply Roberta Pimentel December 23, 2016 at 1:08 am

      Yeah, it was good to be home again! We have some considerations to do and we are not sure yet. Merry Christmas to you too ????❤️

  • Reply Dave Small December 23, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Thanks for the story and the positive perspective you have.

  • Reply TheresaBarker December 23, 2016 at 2:37 am

    What a beautifully told adventure! How lovely that you were given the gift of hospitality and a warm welcome by the Swedish family. Especially at this time of year! 🙂

  • Reply Libby Sommer December 23, 2016 at 8:11 am

    what a story! wow. glad it had a happy ending.

  • Reply lajuani December 23, 2016 at 10:22 am

    How lovely of those people to invite you in, a little kindness can go a long way and it’s nice to know there are still some decent people out there in this world.
    I hope you’re not thinking of taking that car now, strange of the owner to sell it…did he know t was damaged? hmmm?
    Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Advo. R.R.'SAGAR' December 23, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Well Written
    With Handsome pic.

  • Reply mliae December 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Oh no! I can’t imagine having a borrowed car break down on the border. Hope you weren’t out in the cold for too long! Luckily, it didn’t happen during Christmas peace…then, you would’ve spent your Christmas in that car. Lots of warm wishes for a Happy Christmas!

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