Noway 2012 · Travels

Last day of vacation!

It had to come to an end, we both knew that, and to be honest I think both of us were looking forward to come home. The whole backpacking staying in bunk-beds are a bit though when you reach our old age. The last night we did have a room to ourselves at the Bergen Hostel, not snoring middle-aged ladies, no crazy Chinese people – just the two of us.4

We woke up and took it fairly easy in the morning, well I did, Miss Sunshine went out to get cinnamon rolls for her and came back with a coffee for me, can’t complain about that, not at all! I will miss it when home and have to make my own coffee.

After a fascinatingly long bus ride to the airport, a quick check-in, short line for security we manage to walk two laps around the room in about three minutes, then we just sat down and wait.

My flight home was mostly painless, except for the long wait in Oslo airport where SAS rather flew the 15:00 flight half full than move my ticket for free so I had to wait until 16:15. What better place to do that than at O’Leary’s?

[Insert pic here – I am very sure that I took a pic of my snacks – now I can’t find it!]

It’s been a good week, different kind of vacation than what I normally do now a days, still, coming home was great! My own bed, my own couch, my computer and a different set of clothes!

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Doing nothing really!

When we came out for breakfast this morning the sweet girl in the reception asked us if we wanted some eggs and bacon, I’m not the one to turn that down!

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Once brekkie was finished we did have some problems since we managed to walk up and down pretty much every street in Stavanger yesterday we were out of things to do. After being allowed one extra hour in the room just watching tv we dumped our bags in the B&B office and headed out.

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Yesterday we walked past a cute little book cafe and decided to head back there and waste some time before getting the ferry back to Bergen.

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Before getting on the ferry we stopped for some take-away and I finally got me some sushi, again a new price record. It was yum, yum even so.

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Now we are sitting on a very rocky boat, very unhappy about that. Fortunately there are enormous amount of SD Gate reading out there on the web that can take my mind of the fact that I’m on a boat and that the same boat is not on a smooth ride.

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The challenge for the evening

On Monday I bought three beers, there are two left. Miss Sunshine issued the challenge – I need to finish both tonight!

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I really wonder what Mozart would have thought!?!

The day continued without rain and with some sculpture hunting, apparently there are 23 of these around Stavanger, we spotted three, I only have pictures of two as the third was in a kids playground and it feels weird to put pictures of a whole bunch of kids on the blog.

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When we had finished our coffee (it’s hard to leave a cafe with awesome free WiFi when you are an internet addict) we walked over to the cathedral for some spiritual touristy stuff.image

A habit that my mother has gotten me into, light a candle for the people who are no longer with us. Also a practical way to get rid of annoying Norwegian coins, just put them in a box and get some good karma.image

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The cathedral didn’t take that long, and we moved further in the large city of Stavanger, and towards the theater were we accidentally bought tickets for a Mozart show, the poster said that the music was more pop and rock, sounded so interesting that we just couldn’t resist. It’s also a nice way to spend an evening, sitting in a theater.

We also walked past this interesting bridge, it was marked on the map that we had, so it’s probably something amazing with it.

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In one of the burial grounds, they have this memorial stone over four british soldiers that died during the WW II, something that is forever present here on the west coast of Norway, something completely different from home. It also make me wonder why we haven’t studied some things in school – I might have missed the class, just can’t remember learning that much about what Sweden really did during this war…

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After we were all walked out, it was finally beer o’clock, we stopped at one of the bars with outdoor service and the most awesome heaters ever, under the table sure to keep your legs warm!image

First I tried a local beer, didn’t taste that good really…image

…so I tried this one instead! Much better, still thinking that the beer I had in Flåm on Monday night has been the best one this far.

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Beer o’clock moved into food o’clock and a Mexican restaurant just two doors down from where we stopped for beer. Below you can see the most expensive Strawberry Margarita I have ever had, it was pretty good, not sure it was worth ALL that money (no, I wont tell you how much) that I had to spend on it.image

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And now to the highlight of the evening, Teaterkonsert Mozart. To be honest, I do not know how to explain this. It was nothing like we expected, at all! I don’t think it is possible to expect anything like it. My question is if who ever came up with this was high on pot or acid, it has to be something as otherwise it would be impossible.

Just the fact that before the second act started they walked around handing out rain coats for the people sitting in the first row (you can kind of see one of the ladies put one on it the photo below) – there was plenty of water involved. And birds, kind of! And clay! Interesting lyrics that made sense but still not. Creepy people! Emotional people!

I think that by the end of the day, this play/musical based on Mozart’s music become what you want or need it to be depending on what kind of mood you are in when you see it. One thing I can say is that if you have the chance, then see it.

And to be hones, Mozart is probably turning in his grave every night they get on stage and perform this piece.

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Rainfree Thursday (this far)

The benefit of staying in a B&B is the brekkie served in the morning, almost like staying in a hotel.

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Walking around this morning has been a bit enjoyable than previous days as we can see blue skies and no rain 🙂

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After all the walking I got hungry, so we stopped by Wayne’s coffee for a morning snack.

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That’s where we are sitting right now, waiting for the mass to be over and done with at the cathedral so we can go in and have a peak before walking around the other half if Stavanger.

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What a night!

In our room last night we found the strangest Chinese lady the world has seen for a long time, constantly talking and asking questions is one thing. However she never went to sleep, and refused to turn of the light all night, moving about and clicking away on her phone that beeped in regular intervals. At the same time I had the cough from hell and woke myself up several times from coughing so hard that the whole bed was shaking, probably keeping Miss Sunshine awake as well. Needless to say, none of us got much sleep before getting up around 7 in order to get ready for our ferry that would take us to Stavanger.
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The boat ride was 4.5 hours and parts of it in pretty rough sea, my tummy was moving up and down in such a way that I was worried that my small breakfast of yoghurt and bananas would come back up, no fun at all. And not many pictures taken since focus was on sitting down and doing not much.
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Once in Stavanger, once again we visited the tourist information in order to score some housing, the poor girl in there wasn’t much help and we had to revert to what had worked the day before; the public library. We Googled some hotels and had to realize that what most people would call cheap accommodation was not to be found here in Stavanger. Our home for the next two nights is therefore the Stavanger Bed and Breakfast (890NOK per night, breakfast included and as it turns out, waffles at nine pm).

After walking the small hike up the hills to check in, we ditched our bags and got back out in the rain again to look for lunch. There are no lack of coffee shops here, not that many proper lunch places though, after walking around we found a Thai Place and agreed that you can’t really go wrong with Thai.
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After lunch we walked around the walking streets checking out some bookstores, had some more coffee and accidentally stumbled upon a shop with nice purses. As I was standing there trying to decide which one to get, Miss Sunshine came with the wonderful suggestion of getting both, so I did. It was a complete accident and all her fault.

We are now back at the B&B, waiting for the waffles to get ready and I am borrowing the reception PC to write these blog posts, such a difference writing on the computer rather than the phone. I just hope that the sync between PC and App works so I can go back in and add all the pictures, if not the posts wont be posted today or they will be posted without pictures.

Looks like an early night tonight, and fingers crossed for less or no rain tomorrow so our sightseeing in Stavanger is less painful.

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Snow!

Tuesday saw us waking up amongst mountains, fjords and snow. Having a bit of sleep in before making our way to the train that would take us back to civilisation. The first bit of the train was an old scenic one that took us on the mountain sides with beautiful views.
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We had been told beforehand that the ride would be scary so we had gotten our hopes up for steep mountain sides, however our hopes might have been a bit to high, as the fear didn’t kick in, we might not be scared enough of heights.
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As we made it to Myrdal, we had to sit down and wait for our next train, and here the snow laid thick on the ground, whoop, whoop (?) somehow I wish this will be the only snow for the year, guessing that wont happen though.
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Back in Bergen, we quickly made it back to the hostel we stayed at before, as the reception closes at 15:30 during winter and we didn’t book a room before we left for our mountain excursion. Good thing it is winter and not that many people staying, there was no problem getting two beds for the night.

Since we already done Bergen, we decided to make our way down to Stavanger, so in order to satisfy Miss Sunshine’s need for planning ahead we went to the tourist information to ask for help to book accommodation in Stavanger, all he could do was to give us a brochure, so we figured we sort it out when we got there.

Next item on the list was to get tickets for the boat, just a few meters from the tourist information. The kind lady there informed us that the boat would be 800 NOK one way per person, way out of our budget and since Miss Sunshine had checked the prices online and found them cheaper she queried about the same. Yes, it is cheaper online, however the ticket had to be printed, which excludes booking on one of our phones. Thus the chase for a printer had begun.

After a quick stop at Subway for me to procure a very late lunch, we sat down in the very exciting lounge at the hostel trying to think of our option. Not being able to find any internet cafe listed our last hope was the public library. The rain still pouring down, we headed out again and found free internet with printers in the basement of the library, a building located right next to the train station we left not even an hour earlier. Good thing that Bergen is such a small village that no walks are too long.
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On our way back to the hostel we stopped by the grocery store to procure dinner for the night, not wanting to venture out yet again in the cold, dark, rainy Bergen.
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The rest of the evening was spent hanging out in the lounge, watching Norwegian TV and writing letters before getting back to the room and the surprises that contained.