I spent a good portion of the day yesterday at the airport in Bergen. Since I had to check out of my apartment by noon, and my flight to Trondheim wasn’t until 15:45, and I didn’t want to haul my luggage around, I just went to the airport early.

But I made up for it beforehand by going for a nice walk around an area of Bergen I hadn’t been to yet, and I made up for it afterwards by wandering around Trondheim after dinner nearly until sunset, which was at 22:59. Since there is rain in the forecast for today, I wanted to see as much as I could when the weather was beautiful, and last night it was as close to perfect as it gets. It was still perfect this morning, and I went for an early walk (in part to find breakfast, but it took me two hours to find an open cafe; even Starbucks and McDonald’s were closed). A tad bit of drizzle just started, so I came back home to catch up on the blog before I go hear Stravinsky at Nidaros Domkirke.
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One of the lessons that’s hard for me to learn when traveling is to pace myself. As one loyal blog reader pointed out, I may have set a record for museum visits, and yet all I can think about is the museums I didn’t have time for.

Bergen has some museums that are highly recommended in the guidebooks. I’m happy to say, however, that I haven’t visited a single one.

  1.  The weather has been so beautiful that I just wanted to be outdoors as much as possible.
  2. Bergen is such a delightful city to walk around, I didn’t feel the need or desire to enter a museum.
  3. As I near the end of my three-week adventure, I realized I need some downtime, and I was happy to get that by sitting on park benches and just watching the living museum that is Bergen happen before my eyes.

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There’s a contest in this blog post. Keep reading to see what it is and how you can win.I drove around today, probably less than 300 kilometers, starting at 8:30 this morning and getting back to Balestrand at 19:00.

I’ve taken some great road trips. Last year in the southwest, a good portion of my Balkan trip two years ago, my Oregon road trip three years ago, my day trip to Öland four years ago, my Maine and Maritimes trip back about ten or twelve years ago, and plenty more. I’ve seen some incredibly beautiful scenery out the car window.

I’m not sure any of them compare to what I saw today.
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… it’ll be the next Cinque Terre.

It is surprising to me, given his Norwegian heritage, that Rick Steves gives short shrift to this country. His Scandinavia guidebook includes Oslo, Bergen, and the fjord region, and that’s it. Fredrikstad is exactly the kind of place he likes to discover and reveal to Americans. It has history and also is a place where Norwegians just have fun.
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Last time I blogged I was in a completely different country where they speak a different language and use a different currency and where you didn’t have to say “It’s only money” every time you spent the equivalent of $5 for an ice cream cone.

I’ve been taking notes because I’ve been doing so much stuff I was afraid if I didn’t write it down, I’d forget what I did. And I’m inclined to just copy my notes into my blog even though it would make for very dull reading.
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My next big trip is just over two months away, so I’ve been putting a lot of energy into making final plans. One of the big questions I had for myself is how to spend my day in Balestrand.

On the way between Oslo and Bergen, I have two nights in Balestrand. I depart Oslo by train at 06:25, arriving in Myrdal at 11:48; then at 12:13 the Flåm Railway departs, arriving in Flåm at 13:10. These two trains are supposed to go through some spectacular scenery.
Continue reading “Day tripping around Balestrand”