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Oct 22, 2013 - My Norwegian Love Affair

My Norwegian Love Affair I fell in love with the country and people of Norway and here are just a few of the reasons why: The way they suck in their breath to agree with something you say. When I first heard this sharp intake of breath, what we would call a gasp, I looked for the big spider, a cut on the finger, or a beggar with leprosy, something to justify this noise they were making, but I never saw anything. Then I thought maybe there were more cases of asthma here, due to the abundance of smoke from fireplaces. I finally asked about it...

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Oct 17, 2013 - Bergenista's

Bergenista’s Leaving Oslo to return back to the West Coast of Norway, the land of the fjords, was a relief to me, particularly after my last day there. While I don’t blame the city for my meltdown, there was something about Oslo that I found depressing. It was not a beautiful city, and although it had many museums and wonderful pedestrian shopping areas, that wasn’t enough for me to find joy there. The train ride between Oslo and Bergen is said to be one of most spectacular in Europe and I have to say, I didn’t want to nap or close my eyes...

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Sep 4, 2013 - Days 15 to 18 - Bergen

After arriving in Bergen on Saturday (31st August), it was good to wake up in a clean and friendly place, so different from the pit in Oslo. Although I shared a 4-bed dorm on the first night, I moved into my own room on the Sunday afternoon, which is where I then stayed for the whole time in Bergen. Following a hearty breakfast at the Hostel on the Sunday morning, It was time to do a little exploring and see the lie of the land. However, the weather was a bit damp (i.e. raining pissistantly) and it took around an hour to walk down into...

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Aug 22, 2013 - Last day in Bergen

Hiked up a trail behind the community of Lindas, with wonderful views of the surrounding area. Packed up , had a nice lunch and visit in the sun on the patio. Drove into Bergen and caught the evening train to Voss, about 1 hour inland. At Voss, we were meet by more cousins, Marta and Magna, two of the set of triplets who still live in their hometown. We were treated to supper and a comfortable bed for the night.

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Aug 21, 2013 - Drive to Radoy Island and Emmigrant Church

Lazy day! drive to Radoy Island, about 45 min. Visit Emigrant Church, moved here from Brampton, North Dakota in 1996/7 to bring home the importance of Norwegian emigration to N America. also moved and reconstructed were several buildings representative of an early village in N America Shop at Knarvik Shopping Center, sort of on our way home ( May and Einar's house feels like home!).

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Aug 20, 2013 - A Day in Bergen

Although the weather was not the best we decided to take the boat to Bergen and spend the day sight-seeing. This involved having May Irene drive us about 20 km away from Lindas, in the direction away from Bergen, since although Lindas is surrounded by water, there is no way for that particular boat to get in to dock. It was a very fast ride and interesting to see the landscape from the water. We toured the waterfront fish market and had fish cakes for a snack. We then did a bit of a walking tour of the old city of Bergen, including Bryggen...

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Aug 19, 2013 - A tour of fjord country

We debated about going for a tour of the city of Bergen or going for a tour of the countryside, especially the mountains and fjords and that is what we decided to do. We got a bit of a late start, by the time we decided where we'd like to go and May and Einar planned out our route and checked out the ferry schedules, it was noon! They were very good sports about being our drivers and tour guides for what turned out to be a 12 hour marathon of touring! I must have a good map in front of me in order to tell you where we were, so the specific...

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Aug 17, 2013 - Oslo to Bergen to Lindas

Very tiring train trip overnight to arrive in Bergen at 7:00am. We were greeted at the train station by my cousin (our grandmothers were sisters) who took us to her home in Linda's, about 45 min from Bergen. We have been made to feel very much at home by May Irene and her husband Einar. We had a wonderful breakfast and then a tour of their community, walking and then by car out to the huge Statoil refinery complex where Einar worked for many years. This is an amazing place, surrounded by water, either open ocean, fjords, lakes, rivers, etc.

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Jun 19, 2013 - Norwegian Fjords

We are traveling through the Norway fjord area. There is a road that follows very closely to the water's edge. It is quite curvy with lots of tunnels and bridges. In less than 100 miles we drove through about 30 tunnels. Some are quite long reaching four to five miles. The road is only one lane each direction but is still considered a main route so there is a lot of truck traffic. Gets pretty exciting sometimes especially when the semi trucks whiz past you in a tunnel. Tomorrow we are hoping to board a ferry that will take us through the...

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Jun 9, 2013 - Day 12 and leaving Bergen for England

This was a bit of a nostalgic day. People exchanging email addresses; talking about highlights, and taking a few more photos. Cheated. This one came from internet, so that you could see some of the pontoons. Another of Norways engineering feats. You can see why I needed a better photo. Still they do give a bit of sense of the length of the bridge So many photos taken. Some hopeless. Other OK but had to restrict choices a bit! A wait at the airport, but caught up with others also travelling Easy Jet. Couldn't leave these...

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May 29, 2013 - To Bergen norway. 'The' voyage begins

Arrived in Bergen by plane from Copenhagen. As the boat was not departing till the evening so did the cable car to the top of the highest of bergen’s 7 mountains. Great views but got a bit hazy. Then did Hop on Hop off bus. Too tired to walk around; I think maybe a bit of jet lag was finally kicking in. I had been on the go most of the time on Copenhagen so it seemed time for a break! The temperature, I was told was 24,. The very helpful girl where I left my luggage for the day was bemoaning the fact she had to work . Whether they...

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Sep 9, 2012 - Bergen

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Bergen was Norway’s capital during the 12th and 13th centuries, sitting snuggly surrounded by seven hills amidst seven fjords. Today the buildings along the old harbour make up the Unesco World Heritage-listed Bryggen and the hundreds of old wooden houses rising up the sides of the hills make the city picture-postcard perfect. When the city-states of Germany allied themselves into trading blocks, one of the most powerful was the Hanseatic League with its centre at Lübeck. The League eventually grew to encompass 150...

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