Bergen, Norway

By Christy Collins

May 27, 2010

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The rumours are true: Norway’s expensive and incredibly beautiful. We’re in proper backpacker mode now, debating every purchase, braving the hostel kitchens and eating lots of bread and large hostel breakfasts. Mr K is not a cheese-eater so my old standby of bread and cheese is not on the menu although tomorrow, being in Norway, I think I am going to splurge on a small packet of Jarlsberg.

My camera is broken – it got a bump in one of the temples in Egypt (probably doing more damage to the treasures of the ancient world than to my camera although no one batted an eyelid). It had had some issues focusing etc since then and two days ago it  gave up the fight altogether. This is awful because Bergen is such a lovely city – picturesquely set surrounded by 7 mountains and the “gateway to the Fjords”. Also the train here from Oslo (7 hours) was stunning and today we did one of those “do before you die things” and took a Fjord trip – magnificent – all without a camera.

Tonight, as I write this (it’s 10:30pm), we’re staying on the mountain top and the sun is setting spectacularly over Bergen below, and I am training myself to enjoy the moment, and not regret my camera’s sorry state.


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