Readers: another post in our activity. To read the adventure in the order of the events click HERE for the Day by Day Trip Report. To see all the photos go HERE
"This is Norway"We hear this from hotel clerks, gift shop clerks, Norwegians we meet: "This is Norway." Translation: It's expensive here. We've paid too much for hot dogs and too much for a diet coke and too much for a bottle of water. But "this is Norway."
Dinner on 7/2 was 'en suite.' Room service was not an option due to expense and we'd walked ourselves silly on the city tour, so we spread out the goodies we had carried from home. We added some items left over from the lunch we'd made from the breakfast buffet and had ourselves a nice little picnic.
Trains and Boats and Busses and Trains and Automobiles
"Norway in a Nutshell" is full of nuts, and trains and boats and busses and more trains!!!
At 8:00am this morning, we hit Oslo Sentral Station to follow the trail across Norway to the mighty fjords.......through long dark tunnels and bridges and past loads of places that we were sure the trolls lived.
It became colder and colder. The fjord water became floating ice. The cloud cover went from fluffy to gray and leaden and heavy. From 20 degrees Celsius it dropped to 8 degrees C. Everyone was digging out their jackets, gloves and hats.
By the time we climbed up to Flam, it was sleeting, bleak, gray and dreary and stunningly beautiful.
We were happy to be safe and sound and warm on board the train.
Fortunately Becky found a porter service that was able to take our bags from Olso to Bergen so we did not have to lug the suitcases as well as a back pak. We were sure we would have a total collapse. Much better to sit back and enjoy the ride...
The steep decent from Flan allowed us to view amazing scenery with waterfalls and rivers exploding with the winter snow melt.
Ski jumps! If you recall we visited the famous Olso ski jump on the city view. On the trains today we saw many ski jumps in the forests as we went by. It could be that Norwegians were not only born on ski's but were meant to fly. this short story below is from my friend Gene (a Swede, but trustworthy).
Tomorrow, Fourth of July!!!!! Have the best of celebrations of our country's expression of Freedom and Independence. We brought our shirts and celebratory accoutrements which we will wear proudly.