Thursday, July 6, 2017

Scandinavia

Since I'd already been to Denmark and Sweden, Norway completes the set. It was a great trip which ended on Monday when I got home to jet lag and laundry after a one-day stop in Iceland. Back to my desk at home and gorgeous weather in Seattle (81 today). I expect to be on the road or in the air again soon.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

From Flåm to Oslo

Yesterday we spent a collective 7 hours on trains (just two) getting from Flam back to Oslo. It was a comfy if long journey through some spectacular scenery.




Same waterfall as on the way in; this time I was able to capture the dancing Norwegian sprite. We wondered how much the tourist board pays this girl and hoped it was a lot. 
 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Flåm-tastic

Yesterday we took the train from Bergen to Flam. The train line goes all the way to Oslo but we got off in Myrdal and took the spur north to this picturesque village nestled at the end of a fjord.
scenes along the way

the booming metropolis of Myrdal

The train makes a 5-minute stop along the way just so tourists can take pictures here. 
This is the hostel where we are staying. 
Today we spent the afternoon on bikes peddling around on a spectacular sunny day.


the Old Flåm Church build in 1670

"Where do you live?"
"In the red house below the waterfall."



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fjord-tastic, Part II

Today was a spectacular day in Bergen, a great day to be on the water. We boarded our sight-seeing boat at 10am and cruised through the Osterfjord.







So you know that thing of when you go on a trip and it turns out that someone you know is also in that far-flung place? Like last summer when I went to Berlin and it just so happened that my friend Wendy was there too - so we met for coffee... in Germany. Or many years ago when I went to London for the first time and it turned out that my friend David was also in London - we met at the National Gallery then went to a pub for a pint of Guinness. I remember David was going from London to Paris, he was going to meet up with a girl from back home in Sacramento whom he was dating; fun fact: they've been married now for over 20 years. So I have some experience with this, but it was still really fun to meet up with my pal Kirstin who lives in San Diego today, since she just happened to also be in Bergen, Norway.
international coinci-friend
appropriate drink for today


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Beautiful Bergen








This is the building we're staying in. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Fjord-tastic


Well, we decided that the weather yesterday was too miserable to venture out on a fjord, but it wasn't any better today (until we finished the tour and then of course the sun came out), but this was our last chance to get out on the water in Stavanger so we went for it and joined a fjord adventure on a inflatable jet boat. I did kind of make a promise to myself after the spine-jarring New Zealand jet boat adventure that I wasn't ever getting on another one of those bone crushers, but we sat in the very back (much less bouncy) and despite the sometimes pelting rain, which we didn't really feel in our survival suits, it was a really fun trip.
They only had size XL suits!

Pretty little fjord-side villages


Pulpit Rock, almost 2,000 feet up.



Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Day of Wonder

Some days, no matter what far flung place in the world I'm in, I find myself doing something quintessentially American. Jen and I had a tentative plan to cruise on a fjord today, but it was intermittently raining cats and dogs so we decided to bag the boat, hope for better weather tomorrow, and go to a movie. Wonder Woman was playing in the next town over (it was also playing in Stavanger, but we decided we wanted to see some place new) so we hopped on a bus, traveled south for about 30 minutes to the town of Sandnes, and got off the bus right in front of the theater. The movie was fantastic -- action, adventure, Amazons. After the movie, we took the bus back to Stavanger and had burgers and fries for dinner; Johnny Cash music was playing in the restaurant the entire time we were there.


when it looks like this...
...all you need is this.