Norway

September 9th to 11th: I was feeling under the weather and not sure a cross-Atlantic flight would be such a great idea. But I dug deep, stayed close to bathrooms, and gobbled down Pepto-Bismol.

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My helpful friend and I at the Calgary airport

We landed safely and without incident in London. We stayed with Les’s cousin Tyler for two nights. He took us to some cheap-eats and recommended sights and was an all-round great host.

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Borough Market for lunch
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Specifically, this pig for lunch
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Yum!
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I got a salt beef bagel, Super yum!
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We walked to the British Museum.

The British Museum was rad! SO MUCH TO SEE! It’s like the British Empire was a big thing at some point. We were there for 3 hours but it requires so much more time. It can’t be properly appreciated in one day, that’s for sure.

September 12th: We flew into Bergen on the west coast of Norway.

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Bergen? Yes, please.

We checked into our hotel went for a quick ramble down by the inlet.

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Life imitates art?
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There were murals and artwork everywhere.

September 13th: We did a self-guided walking tour of Bergen and absolutely loved it. Bergen is beautiful – the cobblestone roads, wooden houses, artwork, and geographic setting made it thoroughly enjoyable (despite the all too familiar drizzle.)

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We were baffled by this. A totem pole in Norway?? We learned that Seattle and Bergen are sister cities. This totem pole is a gift that was sent over in the 70s.

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Tuna at the fish market
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Haakon’s Hall built in the mid 13th century
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We love McDonald’s – affordable and delicious
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View from the firehall.
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At one point the rain made us run for cover. We were still happy though.

September 14th: We took the 6-hour train ride into Oslo. None of the pictures turned out but the views were subtly beautiful – rolling hills with lakes and glacially eroded rocky outcrops.

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Waiting for the train
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The elevator at our Air BnB – built in 1936!!!! Les refused to use it.

September 15th: Hannah’s wedding day! There is a group of 6 of us girls from high school that have kept in touch through the years, and Hannah is one. It was a stunningly beautiful setting and a very loving ceremony and reception. We left there feeling almost giddy from how much love everyone has for the newlyweds. I’m so glad we were able to make it and be a part of this day!!! Cameras and phones were not allowed so pictures are few but it made the day that much more special 🙂

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Steve, Les, Matt
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Lisa and I all fancy
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View from the veranda

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September 16th: We met up with Lisa, Steve, and Matt and explored the open air Norwegian Folk Museum. It was super interesting – from the Stave Church to the hand-made nails, the level of attention to detail was impressive.

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Stave Church
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Doorway to the church
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Inside the church

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Door to a storehouse

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This perfectly sums up our energy levels near the end of the day – utterly drained.

September 17th: The newlyweds, Hannah and Jonny, took us on a tour of Oslo! First, they walked us through Frogner Park, home of 212 bronze and granite statues that were installed between 1924 and 1943. It was really enjoyable!

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This statue is very popular for some reason. Magnets, mini statues, bottle openers, purse mirrors, bells, etc… all with this little dude on it. The fact that it has TWO polished appendages from frequent touching really unnerves me.

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The monolith at the centre of the park. It’s one slab of granite, over 14m tall. It took 3 masons 14 years to complete. CRAZY!

Next, they took us up to the Ski Museum. We did a downhill ski simulator that was super fun – we were the loudest group by far 🙂 After making our way through the museum, we took the elevator up to a viewing platform that has been set up at the top of the ski jump. The sun came out while we were up there! It was perfect.

 

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We loved Norway! We left expecting to come back at some point during our European adventure. Six days was not enough! Jonny, Hannah, and Hannah’s family made our time here awesome.

Next up, Dublin!

 

 

 

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