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