is one of my favourite places in the world! Ana and I
recently visited Bergen over a weekend, but I have made two
previous trips there to visit my aunt and uncle when they were
stationed in Stavanger.
Norwegians love to
drink, kill whales, and eat strange fish dishes (dreams of
ludefisk..). They are also very attractive physically -
lots of tall blondes, both men and women. I have found
that once you get to know them, they are extremely warm and will
be your friend for life. But on first meeting, they are
similar to most Scandinavians - not particularly obliging, which
can actually be a pleasure if you want a break from North
American "let me tell you my life story" openness.
Things to Know
Take lots of money
because it's expensive. Some things, such
as public transport and books, are not too bad but food, alcohol
and anything else relatively entertaining will cost you big
time. As well, Norway does not use the Euro
so you'll need to exchange your currency for kroners.
Where to Stay
family. If you don't have family there, try to make
friends with somebody and stay with them! Failing that,
you'll have to shell out for a hotel.
Things to See and Do
One of the great
things to do in Norway is hiking. There are an
unbelievable amount of hiking trails amongst some absolutely
stunning scenery. One of the most most popular hikes is to
Preikestolen, which means "Pulpit Rock" and is fairly
close to Stavanger.
In Bergen, we took
this little tram up to the top of this viewpoint which was quite
nice. The fish market was very interesting and you could
buy the packaged Norwegian salmon there for a reasonable
price. We also visited the aquarium which was definitely