24 Aug 2015

Norway by savannahmius

5/14

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By the time I had gotten to Bergen, everything was closed. Typical Europe. All I had left were some of the snacks from the day before, and I needed a real breakfast. I looked up the closest grocery store and headed out to pick up some stuff for the next few days. Mostly just milk, yogurt, water, and fruit.

The shower in the apartment is just a handheld little thing by the toilet. It's great since it's just me, but the whole bathroom gets wet and stays that way. All day.

No time to waste - this is the place I've been looking forward to the longest and I don't want to waste any daylight.

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My Airbnb is right about the main part of the city. Literally a 2 minute walk, and it's perfect. As soon as I come down the hill I see Bryggen. Rows of connected wooden buildings that have been there in some form since medieval times. It's still a little rainy so I duck inside and walk through the shops, and admire the woodwork.

I bought a handbook on the history of the buildings from a souvenir shop and got piggy-backed on a little bit of a tour through the buildings.

Man, I love this place.

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So, sometimes I have a list of places I want to see, but I'm also big on going with the flow and discovering things you might not have planned for. This was one of those.

I just followed the road down to this medieval tower (I've seen plenty to know it must have been from around 1300), and then just followed the sign inside.

Bergen has all these free guide books, so I looked for a picture of where I was and immediately got really excited. Medieval tower with dungeon? That's my thing.

I climbed to the top and got THE best view of the harbor area.

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Bought a Bergen pass and got directions to Grieg's home right outside the city.

It was easy enough to find, but NOT as easy as it sounded. DEFINITELY not as short of a walk. I thought I was seriously lost for a minute. Will take a bus or something next time.

First thing I did was buy a cold drink of water. Then used my pass to get in and explore the composer's home. So cool to see the tiny furniture and piano, and to be the only person there who was young enough to make it down the path to see the water and tomb.

Once again, Norway is so beautiful.