Monday, June 26, 2017


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.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wish Upon a Michelin Star

First time in Norway, first time dining at Michelin starred restaurant. The event of the day was lunch at Tango, one of three Michelin starred restaurants in Stavanger; expectations were high, and we were not disappointed.

Steamed mussels in curry, grilled bread, lime, and coriander.
I ate the broth like it was soup. 

Lightly smoked mackerel cream with lettuce, cress, deep fried bread crumbs, and horseradish.
Fishy, creamy goodness - this was spectacular. 

Spareribs "sweet n sour" with spicy mayo.
Mmmmm... mayo. 

Lemon cream with strawberries, cream, nuts, and chervil.
This was exceptional. Sweet lemon cream topped with the deepest red strawberries and lightly whipped cream. 
Walking around Stavanger after lunch... 

Friday, June 23, 2017


We flew from Oslo to Stavanger today. I'm going to like this town.
View from my bedroom window.

one of the houses in the neighborhood

lunch: fish soup and fried shrimp

the loft apartment we're staying in
View from the living room of the loft.

Holmenkollen Ski Museum

Before we left Oslo yesterday, I went to the Holmenkollen Ski Museum so see the massive ski jump.
Seriously, who was the first person to go down this thing?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Henie Onstad Museum

Wonderful day with some modern art.

Sometimes modern art involves putting on a harness and flying...

...then sliding down a tube at terminal velocity

"Two Roaming Beds" - from the Sanatorium exhibit.

The museum was founded by Norwegian figure skater, Sonja Henie and her husband Niels Onstad.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Give Peace a Chance

After visiting the Vigeland Park and then having a spectacular lunch back on the waterfront in Central Oslo, Jen went off to walk around the Akershus Fortress and I took the tour of the Nobel Peace Center. Great tour with exhibits on the current Peace Prize winner, President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, as well as exhibits on the history of the prize and past winners.