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Bergen with the Family Oz
After our Norway-in-a-Nutshell adventure, we spent a day exploring Bergen.
On top of Mt. Fløyen
I clearly inherited my taste in sunglasses from Mom.
My cute parents :)
Urban slacklining.
Imitating Dad on the troll forest obstacle course.
While we were walking around the city, we kept running into these groups of college-age kids all dressed up in various group costumes. There were old people (pictured below), M&Ms, zebras, super heros, guys dressed as fairies, zombies, unicorns, and pretty much anything else you could imagine. They would run up to us cheering, dancing, and demanding high-fives, much to our befuddlement until we finally caught one to ask what was up. Apparently it was the end of fraternity/sorority pledge week at the University of Bergen. Makes total sense. And here we thought that's just how Berganites have fun on Thursday evenings.
Hello there pretty fairy dude.

The nights in Bergen were utterly picturesque with the full moon and the lights of the city glittering on the still waters of the harbor.
We sure love Norway!

 

Church Hookie and a Day Trip to Bergen

One Saturday while Chris was off working around the world, Jenn called me at 9 o’clock at night to ask if I wanted to go on a day trip to Bergen with her the next morning while she drove her kid to a basketball tournament up there.

Naturally I said, “OF COURSE!”

Actually…much to my dismay I didn’t actually say, “of course!” right away, nor with so much gusto. I sat there and stressed about all the things I needed to do the next day in order to be productive and I almost told her no.

Then I had to smack myself right upside the head. What happened to the girl who would drop everything to drive 3 hours to the Grand Canyon just to watch the sunset? I realized I’d become so tied up in trying to do a million different things that I’d lost her somewhere along the way :(  I patted my sore noggin and called Jenn back right away to tell her I was in and didn’t give it a second thought.

And I was SO glad I did! Not only was it beautiful and tons of fun with Jenn, it was also a trip of self re-discovery. It was wonderous.

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Naturally, we ate at the most Norwegian restaurant we could find ;)

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Creepy troll head forest.

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We almost talked/flirted our way onto this submarine. Apparently it was Navy Day in Bergen Harbor, but we had missed the time allotted for tours. We were crushed, but right as we were bemoaning our lack of knowledge a group of sailors climbed out of the submarine. We started chatting it up with them and one of them was about to let us on for a super quick personal tour, but his fellow sailor talked him out of it. Apparently their captain was a few buildings away eating lunch at McDonalds. Drat! So close!

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The UNESCO -acclaimed Bergen Brygge.

These buildings have been around since the 1700s, and the foundations have been there since the Hanseatic era (the original buildings were destroyed in a fire in the 1700s).

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Bergen from the top of the Fløibanen funicular.

I’m pleased to say my spontaneous self is back and ready for action! That was a close one!