It is sooo good to be home! I am sitting right now in the living room with my family having a bit of time to myself while my two friends are having a lie in! The last couple of days have been amazing, the weather has been lovely since we got here, which was a relief as until we arrived the weather forecast told us it was going to be pretty much rain the entire time. It’s now Sunday, and the rain couldn’t wait any longer, but that gives us a perfect excuse to go and spend a dry day inside at Bergen Aquarium. The journey home was actually really nice, cause I got to travel from Norwich with my two friends! The journey was still strenuous! When we arrived at Bergen Airport we were met by Eidi who drove us home! It was so lovely to see her again!
The next day we had a little lie in before having a wonderful brunch layed out my my mum! Afterwards we went in the car towards Os to rent a canoe and roe up Hauglandsdalen. To rent a cano for 6 hours was only 150 kr, and included free parking, life jackets and ores! A great, cheap way to introduce my local area to Jodie, and show something different to David who was here the year before. We even found the spot along the lake that I had visited years and years before, when I was about 5, and I enjoyed the trip down memory lane. The canoeing was well received, and everyone had a lovely relaxing day. Later we enjoyed a quiche meal, before going to my friend Karoline for a night out! Not the best I have ever been on.. the whole night turned out to be a massive disappointment. I guess you can’t win them all.
The next day we didn’t allow a hangover to miss out on yet another stunning day! The day before we saw the sign at Stend advertising for a viking and medieval festival, and when we got home we did some quick googleing and found out it was the next day! We invited Eidi to join us and headed towards Hordamuseet for a day of historical re-enactment. The day only cost us 50 kr for 4 people! Great value! The sun was shining and the open air museum was filled with stalls selling crafts and other interesting merchandise that were authentically medieval. Everywhere were people dressed in medieval clothes, everyone from children to elderly! Some of the kids were so adorable! We watched some vikings do some sword battling, and some others wrestling. In addition to this we saw the local vikingship. For lunch we had some viking grub from one of the stalls; Jodie and I had some mushrooms stewed in beer and David had a garlic fried flat bread with sour cream and spring onion. Delicious.
Afterwards we headed into town to walk around Gamle Bergen, before heading into city centre for a tour of the main sites! Gamle Bergen was so peaceful. The massive, multi millionaire owned yacht “Eclipse” was moored close by, and by the sea some crazy teens were swimming in the cold sea.
In town we stumbled upon the Pride Parade, and even saw the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who was leading the parade! So now my two English friends have even seen the prime minister! Haha, how random! We then walked through the Fish Market and were treated to some delicious tasters, including fresh prawns, smoked salmon, whale meat, elk and reindeer sausage! My favourite was cognac preserved salmon. The fish melted in your mouth, and the cognac brought out some amazing flavours.
We then went to see the Bryggen, and meandered up and down the narrow alleyways between the famous buildings. We went into some of the shops, which were very touristy, but not in a tacky way! They sell some really quality stuff there, particularly woollen jumpers knitted in the classic Norwegian patterns. You could also find furs, skins, trolls and anything else Norwegian like. We even saw the cat that David and I saw the year before, one of Bryggens most loved residents.