The Girl Who Ate Everything

Blogging about food and whatever since 2004.

Goodbye Norway

I know you like commentary, but...

buildings of some sort
sitting by the sea
Yiha! [taken by Morten]
break time [taken by Diana]
so many fishies
sleepy [taken by Morten]
Morten loves the swings [taken by Diana]
listenin time!
expanding our musical horizons
I like candy
norwegian flag
patriotic (but we're not from Norway, we're from Bergen!)

It's very late, so this will be my last post in Norway. I'm about to do that thing where I reflect on my vacation and think about how awesome it was. If that kind of thing bores you, then you may move on to partipating in non-blog reading activities.

This was the best vacation I've ever been on and I don't see how anything can top it soon. Food, friends, and new experiences all combined into a great big chunk of awesomeness. It was my first time traveling for a long period of time with a friend sans-adult supervision, whether in or out of the country. I'll admit that after a while I felt weird not being able to understand 99% of the conversations around me, but it was cool. Too bad I can't learn Norwegian through auditory osmosis.

Morten is by far the coolest host ever. Everrrr. There was no doubt in my mind that he wouldn't be as good of a friend in real life as he has been online for the past five of so years that I've known him. Hopefully it wasn't too much of a disappointment to meet me in bodily form. I'll acknowledge that I'm much more shy in real life than how I may appear in this blog; it's not really apparent if you only meet me one-on-one. I'll also acknowledge that I'm weird, loud, annoying, and not as helpful as I should be. Overall, I have a gajillion faults and I'm really lucky to know someone like Morten who doesn't have all those faults.

Giso is also an awesome host—Diana and I (semi-random people from the INTERNETS) did stay in her apartment after all! Although I didn't get to know her very well, I didn't need to be around her for long to know that she embodies all kinds of awesome. (You can feel the vibes!) Morten already knows this, but he's lucky to have her. ;)

K�re! What a wonderfully funny and friendly guy. I don't know if I've ever met anyone who looked and sounded so smiley-happy all the time. If you met him, you would <3 him too.

Diana...well, of course she's cool. Why else would I want her to come to Norway with me?!

Okay, I'm really tired. I wish I could write something better, but the old neurotransmitters are getting lethargic. Overall, Bergen is awesome, weegies are awesome, and despite that I don't deserve to, I know way too many off-the-chart awesome people. I miss this place already.

This is all I know how to say, everything and everyone that made this trip possible, tusen takk.


Tomas / June 15, 2006 10:16 PM

Awww. How touching. Thanks for sharing some of it with us. Didn't quite know what a charming city Bergen was until some of your pictures.

And thanks for the word weegies. :)

redrhino / June 15, 2006 11:08 PM

"Thank You" for taking me to Norway with you via the blog. I had a great time. Weeeeeeeeee!

Gordon / June 16, 2006 2:25 AM

wow! those were some really good shots from throughout your trip in your posts! i'm still gettin used to shooting with the rebel. do you shoot on manual or on an auto setting?

Morten / June 16, 2006 3:16 AM

You stay was made what it was as much by you guys' openness as by anything else. It's been a great week, and I look forward to do something similar in New York at some point. Perhaps I'll be lucky enough to attend a flickr food meeting.

And for now: Good bye and thanks for your stay. You've been excellent tourist and friends.

Cathy / June 16, 2006 7:37 AM

Great pictures. I really get a feel for what you've experienced (from all your weegie posts). That trip was an experience of a lifetime. Thanks so much for sharing. And thanks for Morten & Co. for being such great hosts.

Lea / June 16, 2006 8:36 AM

What a fantastic read! I've really been enjoying following your adventures of late in Norway... you've even inspired me to visit one day soon, my fiance and I have been planning our honeymoon to be in Switzerland, but after reading your entries lately, I've been feeling more inclined to see Norway for myself. ;-)

thanks for the virtual vacation to Norway and of course all the great food! ;-)

Clare / June 16, 2006 12:38 PM

Amazing pics!! I love the ones from yesterday with the fishing and cooking outdoors. It looks like one of those life-altering moments we've all heard about. And I love the knife-in-the-head fish pic...VERY Tony Bourdain.

Your Weegie friends have to come out to NYC now to visit you!

Abby Rose / June 16, 2006 5:42 PM

Hey there. I don't even know your name but I'm the little sister to the author of Johnsonian Institute. I'm not sure if you know who that is or anything. She posted a paragraph on her blog about how you've been in Norway and how gorgeous the pictures are. I came to check them out and have also been enjoying the text that has gone along with it. I'm in little old Utah dreaming about Norway. I'm so glad you had the opportunity to get an early slice of heaven on earth. I've been there too. Our whole family went summer before last to visit relatives and to see the sights. We didn't do nearly as much awesome stuff in Bergen as you did, but it was still so excellent. Good luck with everything just wanted to let you know someone is reading!

Sincerely, Abby

polimorfos / June 16, 2006 11:19 PM

Bergen is supposed to be one of the rainiest places in the world. When I was there it was sunny and beautiful, like in your pictures. Do you think this is some kind of ploy to keep ugly tourists away?

Andy / June 17, 2006 12:56 AM

That was absolutely beautiful rob. I especially enjoyed the thought of drinking aromas and tree armies. Thanks so much for taking us with you ;)

Giso Bahrami / June 19, 2006 3:55 PM

I love it!! :) It made me feel like I was there, well, I was, but you know what I mean! My appartment wont be the same without the two of you, and I will have to go back to my quiet (no more hearing pics being taken) and oh so boring life (no more doing fun stuff with awesome people from the US of A). Thanks so much for coming, and please, come again :)

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