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Trystan: At Large in Bergen

January 8, 2010

IMG_3738So today was my first real day in Bergen. Yesterday was a lot of detail work, moving in, etc. A bunch of us went out and explored – we tried not to do purely touristy things, but looking back at our photos we were rather touristy! Get it out of the system now, I suppose.

At any rate, we went down by Galleriet (a mall in a shopping area), wandered a bit (mostly to warm up I guess) and headed to the harbor. There weren’t too many boats, but I did see some really beautiful sailboats. Bryggen (the harbor) is just lined with gorgeous buildings, though. We didn’t go into many of them, as they were small and all of us together were large. We also stopped in at the fishmarket, which at this time of year consists of only 3 or 4 tents.

IMG_3736We wandered around the city as well as the residential area just to get a feel for it. Beautiful homes, with very narrow, half-used streets. Walking to city buses is definitely common, as streets often double as sidewalks.

Below is a view from kind of on top of where the castle is/was. It’s looking out over a large chunk of houses, but you can see how close they are, as well as how awesome the architecture is. There’s a really interesting mix of very historical and very modern architecture all throughout Bergen.

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Finally, we went in and around an old castle and church by the seaside. This should give you an idea of just how big it is.

Oh, and this street was super slippery. In the span of a few seconds we saw one boy sledding down it with his dad holding him, and this other girl just slipped, figured she was already down, and proceeded to scoot down the road. Cutest. Thing. Ever.

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