|The fjord is not quite glass; but, the day is warming and promises to be picture perfect.
No need to think of the blizzards and dark dreary days.
Unless one is moving to this paradise.
Need to finish my coffee and contemplate eating and repacking and planning my next move.
In the meantime the morning sun streams in, the four lambs stay close to their mother, two children age 4 and 6 play nicely. People are out and about but the day is tranquil.
All is good.
A gift for myself
|I bought two used books today. Authors who write in nynorsk, who I'd have trouble finding in the USA. I don't feel too guilty... just need to make space where there isn't any!
Don't ask the price ...things cost.
I also went to the glacier museum and did some walking along the Fjærland fjord. After a cloudy morning the sun came out and it almost got warm.
I'm figuring out how to get around. Just in time to leave. LOL
Saturday is a day for washing and repacking. There are no buses. The forecast is sunny, calm and warm. Good day for a long walk.
5 Americans in the dorm. We're getting alone nicely.
Time to head off to bed. It's 11 and not dark out but still ...it's 11.
No apple blossoms yet
Probably should've gone to Voss, but didn't think of that alternative.
Rainy day now darkening into night.
Totally worn out when I got here so I took a nap. Wrong idea? Hard to say.
No real news. Did get to see Yan in Bergen. Ate fish soup. Ate fish-potato dish. Nothing new or fishy about that. Met folks from Italy, Taiwan, Makedonia, China.
The German choir group was nice to listen to and there was one great sunset.
Didn't do much in Bergen this time.
It was great to run into Alwin from Greenland though. Totally unexpected. Met him last year.
Life is good even when it isn't exciting.
On the boat to Bergen.
|Day whatever. 35 of 58? I'd rather be on a plane home.
That said, I've got some beautiful places on my agenda and if I need to take a day to rest I can do that too.
Warm yesterday and today ...and sunny.
Hope that means apple blossom time in Solvorn. I'll need to arrange my visit soon.
Longer times in fewer places would be wiser next time. I don't want to think about Washington state, Costa Rica or Africa just yet. Not even the promise of eccles cakes and mushy peas will make me plan my return to England ...yet.
Karmsund: a quick stop.
Boat is relaxing in a way. At 400kr it was cheaper and quicker than bus or train. A bit cool up on the deck though!
preiskestolen. day 34...
Stress is my companion...
Managed to buy boat ticket to Bergen tomorrow. Easy if one has internet. I have reservations at a hostel in Bergen for three nights. So important to get there, no?
So... that done I joined a couple from Zaragoza, Spain and another from Newcastle, England on the boat cruise down the Lysefjord. 3 hours of sunshine. Didn't see any seals but did see a couple goats, waterfalls and the famous Preiskestoken. 25x25m flat topped rock and 600m over water... better to see from below.
Nice trip. Would have liked to have done the entire Lysefjord but that boat left long before I was ready.
I'm sitting at Bøker og Brust with a coffee (25kr) after a McShake (20kr). Needed liquids.
It's a famous gathering spot in Gamla Stan.
Trying to relax. I think I wrote something similar from a Bergen café last May.
If I can do one thing a day...
National Holiday ...year 2
Last year I was in Bergen for all the flag waving and fun. This year I was in Stavanger.
Got to one parade last year; this year parts of three. The children's parade (barnetoget) [think 1st graders waving flags, singing, with older kids playing band instruments] started it at 10:00 followed by the graduating teenagers (russetoget) [girls running, screaming; boys dancing and jumping up and down] at 13:15. The folketoget [all kinds of groups] finished off the day at 16:00.
I wasn't feeling 100% so I took it easy. Lots of pictures, even the church.
Met a nice guy and his dog in the cemetery (from Voss) and ran into Mia and later spoke with Eva... I'm in a big city and running into folks I've met before!
Arranged the next four days. An extra night here. 3 nights in Bergen. Time to breathe...
Breakfast was awesome and included. But I bought some goat cheese and shrimp cream cheese to fend off hunger pains.
Treated myself to a cocosbolle (think chocolate covered coconut cream).
Should rest. Tomorrow I can do whatever I want, may go see a fjord. In the evening there's the Eurovision final.
It's all good.
Day 32. Hospital hostel in Stavanger.
|m m meeee...
Slept in. Eggs and coffee for breakfast.
Øystein has been a great host. Did laundry. First time in a month. Washing by hand is fine but has limitations.
Met Mia from China who'll spend tonight there.
Not rainy ...fortunately. Long walk to the hospital where I'm spending the night ...in the attached hostel.
Need to go for a walk once I warm up.
Tomorrow is the bational holiday and there are at least three parades. All in the center. If I'm smart I'll read the schedule of events tonight.
Also need to plan next part of the adventure.
Not sure whether there's a shared kitchen here. Øystein sent me off with bread and eggs. There's a store and restaurant and breakfast is included. Still... I would like to eat tonight.
Time to explore.
Stavanger, day 31
|Nice chat with Eva, a teacher of Norwegian, on the trip from Oslo. She shared reindeer on homemade bread with me. Lady in café was nice too.
Didn't see much, but not much to take photos of on a rainy day. In town, the rains continue and after a walk in the old town I'm damp.
Funny how I've managed to avoid bad weather until today.
At the home of Øystein who lets out his spare room.
Small but nice place. Think cozy.
In spite of sleep on train I feel exhausted. Took a one hour nap ...could fall asleep right now but shouldn't.
Called my sister. Her husband is Norwegian.
Keeping in touch in spite of hassles.
Rainy, rainy on the train.
Do mistakes matter? I've made a few this trip. Some will cost me in the pocketbook. Others just lead to angst and panic.
Must ... figure ... out ... how ... to ... travel. Anxiety, fears... get in the way of enjoying the trip.
However, that said, I do the best I can.
Caught the 06:30 bus. Caught the 07:00 ferry. Caught the 12:15 train that arrived late and left at 12:32. Since, we've caught up and will arrive on schedule.
I have tried to scale back on eating but had some salmon on the ferry and two burgers and a coffee in Bodø. Now an orange juice on the train.
Nasty weather as we headed south through a snowscape. It rains.
By the time I arrive in Stavanger I'll have been on the train 27 hours. I'm hoping to sleep on the Trondheim to Oslo segment.
I'm taking photos as those who follow me on facebook know so well. Just wish I could either do more or at least relax.
Lots of walking.
|Just walked around taking phographs.
Payed for room. Met guy from Hong Kong who came in late and had same problem as I did yesterday ...office closed, no phone...
So I told him he should stay here and pay in morning like I did.
A bit stressed as I must catch bus, ferry, train in the morning.
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