I can't believe how fast time is going by. It's been 2 years since my very first trip to Norway. Not knowing what to expect, two of my best friends came with me and somehow managed to support me AND give me space to spend time with Stian in a foreign place during our 10 day stay.
More first impressions. I appreciated the differences - the old combined with the modern. I liked that there was a castle (or a fort? I might need to start looking up some details...at times like this I wish I had my mother's travel memory -she can remember every DETAIL about every place she's ever been..), just a short walk from the Bryggen, which was just another short walk to trendy shops. One of my favorite pictures is on the grounds of that castle/fort:
Ahh, I love that picture. The cannons in a row, the leafless tree, the Norwegian flag. I remember walking through there thinking "oh my, this is beautiful." Little did I know, the beauty I would behold later in the trip would constantly take my breath away.
When our stay in Bergen was over, we hopped in the car and drove for quite some time. We had to get on a few ferries to get across the fjords. If you don't know what a 'fjord' is, that's okay. I didn't know either until I met some Norwegians (who were also appalled that I had never heard the term). The picture at the top of my blog is a fjord. Breathtaking, huh? I took that in the summer in Stavanger, after a long hike up The Pulpit Rock. In another post, I'll show you more pictures of it, but for now I just want you to catch a glimpse of a fjord so you know what my blog is referring to. The fjords, by the way, are all over Norway, requiring ferry rides to get to many places.
Next stop? You'll have to wait until Part 2 of this post! :)