enjoying a day off
11.08.2016 - 30.08.2016 70 °F
The day today was spent on a train from Oslo to Bergen. Since the train stops at small towns along the way, it takes six hours. For some, travel days represent time away from the purpose of the trip. There are times when I would agree, but not today. First of all, train travel (at least in Europe) is wonderful with smooth-riding modern trains. But also, a train across the Norway countryside is like watching a steady stream of postcards go by. Many try to take pictures from the train but I am never happy with the outcome. Somehow a tree or a power pole magically pops up at precisely the same time I snap the pic. And then there is always the glare from the window glass, or the reflection of me, like an apparition. Of course I had to be like everyone else and hop up with camera in hand at the first sign of a lake or a glacier, but I did not hold out hope for a prize winning photo. Most of the time I organized and labeled the ones I have already taken and I finished a couple of crosswords. It was a lovely day.
Bergen is stereotypically Scandinavian charming. Our hotel is one block from the waterfront and all that that implies: bars, venders, cruise ships, etc. Most everyone hit the streets as soon as we arrived to wander around and get a feel for the place. Our only fear is that bad weather threatens, but as Key says, “weather is weather” so we’ll just deal with it if we have to.
The hotel is fine – not great but it is clean and well located. We’re here for three nights which gives the hotel and the city points right off the top. Moving around is work. Three nights means a bit of settling in and an opportunity to do laundry. And you thought world travel was glamorous.