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On Monday afternoon, we said goodbye to our ship in Bergen, and got on the train to Oslo. This goes over some very rough country - up to 1,222 m (just over 4,000 feet for the unreconstructed imperialists among you) - this also means it goes rather slowly, taking six and a half hours to get to Oslo, and getting in Very Late.

Foradan and Meglorien met us at the station, and took us to their lovely flat. As soon as we got there, we went to bed (see the above comment on the time!)

On Tuesday, we went museum-hunting. We found the Viking ship museum (which clearly cheated; there is no way that the real Oseberg and Gokstaad ships can still be in such wonderful condition!); the folk museum (with stave church); the Kon Tiki museum (a tiny ship!); the Fram museum (also with the Gjoa, another arctic ship, outside; this was clearly a miniature replica, as no-one would sail the North West Passage in anything that small); and lastly the general maritime museum (rather dull, but with a very early dugout canoe).

We then got the ferry back to the centre of Oslo, where Foradan and Meglorien met us, and we went for dinner; Findabair met us there, and it was great to meet her at last.

On Wednesday, Foradan took us for a walk round a wooded lake, which was very pleasant. Then back for lunch, and then to the train back to Bergen, which was delayed and got in Very Very Late. Our hotel proved to be pleasant and comfortable, although breakfast this morning wasn't great.

And then onto the ferry to take us back home. There was some confusion at check-in; it seemed that we had already checked in. It's just a shame that we hadn't already carried our bags up to our cabin for us.

We have just left our second Norwegian port of three, Haugesund. We are now heading south to Stavanger, and then out across the North Sea. Back home tomorrow evening - at a reasonable time if we make our rather tight connection in Newcastle, later if not.

A big thank you to Meglorien and Foradan for putting us up and looking after us so well, and for lending me so many interesting books for the journey back.

Date: 2008-08-28 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didiusjulianus.livejournal.com
Very Late: ie. a little after teatime?
Very Very Late: ie. perhaps a quarter after supper time? :D

Meanwhile I was woken up Very Early today ;D So now I am yawning a lot.

This was funny: "It's just a shame that we hadn't already carried our bags up to our cabin for us."

Date: 2008-08-28 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] findabair.livejournal.com
Thank you for a good evening - it was nice to meet both of you.

And I have to say it was lovely to be with people speaking British English again, after spending a month fighting to hang on to my British accent in the company of a bunch of Americans :)

Have a good trip home!

Date: 2008-08-29 02:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] pellegrina.livejournal.com
Is that the same wooded lake he took me around in 2003, where he once met a moose, IIRC?

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