After the Norway in a Nutshell tour ended in Bergen, I toured the city of Bergen
and then took an overnight train to Oslo to meet up with Jon and Des.
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The city of Bergen is an historically important port on the west coast of Norway. You can feel
the maritime feeling of this town from the salty market to the beautiful sailing ships docked in
her harbor. This is the first time I had ever had smoked whale meat.


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Here you see hvalpolse, or whale sausage, as well as elk sausage. See Renee, people
do eat elk meat! Buy 5 sausages, get the sixth one free! This is from the fisketorvet
(fish market) along the water.


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I found more trolls, this time in a shop along the Bryggen (pronounced BREW-gen).


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Here's my favourite troll again.


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The small town feel of the Bryggen shopping district. Here is where I found
some excellent lefse for the long train ride home.


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My girlfriend Natalia had her first cross-country skiing experience last year at the
Birkebeiner in Edmonton. I saw this building and had to take a picture for Nati.


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The cobblestoned streets of Old Bergen, above the Bryggen.


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A sweet little restaurant called Viva Las Vegis.


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The city of Bergen, from the top of the funicular line.


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A great view of Bergen from the top of the Fl°ibanen. You can see the nicely-protected
harbor of the town below.


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How fun is this? I mean, given the option of some boring statue, or an oversized troll at the
top of the funicular station, I know which one **I** would choose!


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View into the city from the park on the way down from the funicular.


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This town had a really nice feeling to it. The light from the evening sun looked
great on the tile roofs.


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Possibly the longest street name I've ever seen.


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One of the young ladies I wandered down from the funicular with showing the cobble stone
narrow streets of Bergen.


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Very possibly the weirdest pizza I've ever eaten. It had curried shrimp, leek, and green pepper on one side
and BarBQ beef, corn, green pepper and pineapple on the other.


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Nice view of Bergen from the water.


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It almost feels like it could be a few hundred years ago.


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This could be San Francisco, although it's not.


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More bacon for Donni, this time from the train station in Oslo.


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I arrived into Oslo in time to catch up with Jon and Des Bowes. They flew into Oslo from London
to hang out in Norway with me. This is at the Akershus, a complex of old fortified military buildings.


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Jon and Des and I decided to spend the bulk of the day we had in Oslo at the Viking Ship Museum
and the Fram Museum in Bygd°y. This is Jon checking out one of the three Viking ships that
were found buried in Norway.


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Me, in front of a Viking ship at the museum.


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Des at the Viking museum.


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This boat is called the Fram and took Roald Amundsen and Nansen deep into the Arctic and Antarctic.


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Jon and I hoisting the ropes on the Fram.


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Jon pulling his chain on the Fram.


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I had never seen a Smart car that wasn't queer looking. Apparently this is the new thing.


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Apparently Jon had seen this kind of beer before. Some might say that it tastes like Aass...


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I found these sweet Viking helmets at the Oslo airport. I picked up three of them for Nati's dad Carl,
her brother Eric and one for me. I wore mine through customs in Oslo.


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When we got back to London, Jon and Des had a party lined up, so armed with Danish bitters and
Viking helmets, we headed over. This is a bowling alley that Jon's friends set up in his living room.


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More bowling.


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This is Jon's mascot. He looks cute with it. I think he's whispering sweet nothings into
its ear here.


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Des and I at a party in London.


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Sometime late in the night, we wound up doing some walk-through activity at the local McD's.


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Here is Jon explaining the vector physics of launching sweet and sour sauce packets
at local cabbies.

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