The Girl Who Ate Everything

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This Is Norway

moutains n stuff! waterrr little houses

I'm too lazy to write anything very extensive, so I'll post photos and descriptions. But here's an overall description.

Obviously, Bergen is freakishly beautiful. Seriously...holy shizz. Cobblestone streets are adorable. Just about everything is clean and neat, aside from the other people who live in this building (if I didn't know what cat pee smelled like before, I do now!). My knees suck and I'm not good at walking down moutains. Brown cheese is tasty. Norway is nicer than anything I could imagine. I have amazing friends. I think I spent a few bucks attempting to use the payphone at the airport. Bergen is beautiful. I think I said that already.

walkin to ICE CREAM pretty buildings old buildings garbage room
walkin around

...Actually, I'm too lazy to describe photos. Just click on them. HOORAH. Diana and I spent most of the day with Morten and K�re. They are both very, very awesome.

I need a larger vocabluary, man.

Seriously though, do you think I would travel to Norway if I didn't think Morten and his friends were awesome? I knew they were. Some people find it hard to believe that you can sense this kind of awesomeness only though the Internet. YOU CAN. I wasn't kidding when I said Morten was a good friend. When I find people that I feel comfortable around, it's a big deal. For me.

IMG_0187 from inside IMG_0195 IMG_0188
wooden planky stuff

There were all these wooden sculpture thingies around H�konshallen, which is an Morten talked about its history and I nodded and went, "Mmhm." That's what I do.

goin up
goin up

We went up the side of this mountain on the Floibanen (or the cable car of awesomness) that was so quiet it made more noise when it was stopping than when it was moving. ...Yeah. And after we reached the top and I had taken those photos looking over the city...

walkin shortcut
goin down

...We walked back down. Taking many shortcuts. Involving carefully stepping on rocks at steep angles so that you don't kill yourself. As you can see due to my typing of this entry, I didn't kill myself, but my knees felt like they were under more pressure than normally, since normally they're...not. I'M FROM SURBURBIAAAA! My body is a noodle.

Diana! IMG_0225

Diana is chewing on this plant that Morten said tasted like lemon. ...Yup, it does. IT IS NOT TASTY. LIIIESS!! I chewed it and went, "Blechch ahhhdhdmuhflfuhf I see jesus". (Alright, it wasn't that bad.) We passed a ginormous patch of wild rhubarb, so Morten pulled one up to demonstrate the plant's hugeness.

tube bacon cheese shake milk pizza sauce egg carton
scenes from the grocery store

Of course, I was excited to take photos of various things at the grocery store. LIKE TUBE BACON. I'm not sure what the pizza sauce is about.

makin bread
makin bread

Morten made rolls for a midnight snack (which means he started making it houuurrrs before). I did nothing to help since, as you may recall, my bread making skills involve killing yeast, resulting in brick-like slabs of bread. Which we didn't want.

I didn't take photos of the finish product. [gasp] We ate the bread at around midnight while watching "The 40 Year Old Virgin", which we rented from 7-11 ( can rent DVDs there). It was delicious. Really. Damn. Tasty. We ate it with butter, brown cheese (which is sweet, like caramel mixed with cheese, and thus Robyn-approved) and strawberry-rhubarb jam.

Through the skylight in the wee hours of the morning I could see the faintly lit sky from the sun that refuses to go down. It's. Awesome. To always have some light.

pretty street
walkin around

I really like it here. And it's only been one day.


Hoyt Pollard / June 9, 2006 9:51 AM

Awesome blog, awesome pictures. Make sure you have some "polser" (hot dogs) while your in Norway. They're awesome too.

s'kat / June 9, 2006 9:52 AM

Robyn, great photos, and such wonderful friends to find. I'm looking forward to the rest of your discoveries- and MORE ON TUBE BACON, please!

Honey / June 9, 2006 10:16 AM


Robyn! It's looks amazing! God, I wish I was there with you! The video of that river/lake thing was stunning. And tube bacon? WTF man? EW. As a lover of bacon and all things swine, that is nasty as all get out. But I'm so happy that your hosts are wonderful, and that you have Diana to share your journey with. Can't wait until your next post! Take care, be safe, talk to you when you get back! (PLEASE CALL EVEN. PLEASE. JUST DO IT. FOR ME......)

Deb / June 9, 2006 11:02 AM

Thanks for your travelogue. Gorgeous photos. Glad you're really enjoying your trip. Your legs will feel better in a couple of days. :D

Looking forward to your next installment!

anne / June 9, 2006 12:51 PM

the tube bacon is actually cream cheese with bacon. or, you know, "bacon". ick.

errrrrr, robyn. you didn't happen to go to a suburban shopping center today, did you? could have sworn i saw you.

Anne / June 9, 2006 12:53 PM

Wow- you finally got there! Did I miss the part in between you deciding NOT to go (coz Moms didn't want you to) and now actually being there? I must have- so fill me in! How long are you there for? Take lots of food photos!

janet / June 9, 2006 1:09 PM

scandinavian splendiferousness! everything does look so beautiful! i wish ny had more cobblestones and buildings painted in primary colors. grmmph.

Adalmin / June 9, 2006 1:41 PM

Norway has always been associated with goat turds in my brain due to Roald Dahl writing about Norway and goat turds in his autobiography. That man is a child brainwasher, I tell you.

Also, those wooden thingies? Are they built without nails? They look like Lego buildings.

roboppy / June 9, 2006 2:07 PM

Hoyt: HOT DOOOGS! I haven't had any yet! So far I've eaten a few kinds of candy though. I'll get to the hot dogs. :D

s'kat: I'm not finding much more "weird" food! How disappointing. ;)

Honey: Hey, that's the same reaction I had! ;)

It's actually bacon cheese, which might make it worse!

I CAN'T CALL HIM! I dunno his number! Haha.

Deb: Now my arm feels weird...OH MY GOD I'M SO WEAK! Legs don't feel so bad though. :D I think we're going hiking on Sunday, uhoh.

Anne: AH yes, I forgot it was...cheeese. Morten said that he wouldn't even make his enemies eat that.

Errr, I actually was in a suburban (ish?) shopping center today. :O What are the chances that you saw me?! We bought groceries at Safari.

Anne: Yes, you missed it! ;D I convinced a friend to come with me, I am! I've only been here for two days so far. Eek, it's gonna fly by.

Janet: Me tooo. I still love NYC, but it's not a very charming place compared to here. And the colors aren't cute.

Adalmin: Wow, I had no idea! I loooved Roald Dahl as a kid (and now I'd still like him, hehe), but I missed the turd thing.

Oh no, they have nails. :) Somewhere. I think.

redrhino / June 9, 2006 2:17 PM


I'm glad you are having a good time and keeping us informed as you do.

Picture suggestions:

1) money/currency

2) hot women


4)hot women


6) and don't forget HOT WOMEN.

;7) Stay safe and enjoy yourself


shara / June 9, 2006 2:39 PM

That's so awsome that you're in Norway! I work with someone who's from Norway, and I went with her not to long ago to the Norway Day Festival they had here in SF. I had the "vaffle," which was, um, a lot like a waffle, except thinner. But apparently it's a specialty that they eat with goat cheese and jam. I also have a good friend from Sweden, I think it's time for me to check out these Scandinavian countries for myself. Have fun on your trip!

anne / June 9, 2006 3:03 PM


robyn, i came across your blog a couple of days ago, randomly surfing food blogs. then noticed that you were going to bergen. thought that was a bit of a weird coincidence, as i live there.

it got weirder, though.

shopping center. escalator; you were going up, i was going down.
"hey, could that be...? nah, freakish coincidence like that does not exist."

in line at safari.
"there they are again. hmmmmmm. no. no way. that is so an american accent, though. must ask when i get home."

so, yeah. small world much?

timelas / June 9, 2006 6:04 PM

Can you ask these Norwegians to figure out this Sri Lanka thing so I can go there on my honeymoon without risk of being murdered?

Cat / June 9, 2006 9:00 PM

I really want to go to norway now. I would go for an extended stay if it werent for that "we have the highest rate of suicide in the world" thing. The pictures are beautiful, have a great time.

Annie / June 9, 2006 9:42 PM

Smuggle home some tube bacon. Also brown cheese. I'll pay you back at the library.

Also take a pic at midnight so we can see how bright it is! Your camera (and photo skills) are awesome!

Kristin / June 10, 2006 3:06 PM

I'm so happy for you. It sounds like you're having an awesome. *Reminices about Germany* Going abroad to a foreign country is so much fun. And it's always easier when there's good friends and food involved. :D

roboppy / June 10, 2006 4:26 PM

redrhino: Are you saying that I should take photos of hot women? I'm not sure, your message is kind of cryptic.

shara: HOLY CRAP, WAFFLE DAY! I mean Norway Day! ...I mean WAFFLES!!!!! I haven't had waffles here yet, but I need to try em. There's so much needs to go on something.

nick: Hehe, you really want the cheese bacon goo? I dunno how well that'll travel back home. ;) There are quite a few types of meat cheese in squeezy tubes. Yey!

timelas: Hm...I'm not sure if they'll all be able to figure it out. Maybe you should pick a new vacation spot? :) DON'T GET MURDERED.

Cat: Go for a short time in the nice summer months and you won't wanna die! Yeey.

Annie: Haha, you want tube bacon too? And cheese? I wonder how much I can smuggle (or what I can safely bring back).

Oo yeah, a midnight shot! I'll do that later.

Gordon: I missed that last year too, hehe. Turns out I'm not nearly meat-happy enough to wait for that thing. I think the first time I have awesome BBQ will probably be when I go to the south/midwest or something.

Kristin: Oo, Germany...I'd like to check that place out! If I had good friends who lived there. This trip definitely wouldn't be as much fun without local friends!

Tomas / June 11, 2006 5:52 PM

Yaaaay! Finally. I've been looking forward to the details of your view on Norway with much delight.

I was hoping you would be introduced to the brown cheese because at least that's something very unique and amazingly delicious we have hear. HINT: Eat a "knekkebr�d" with brown cheese and the standard norwegian red kaviar. Don't let anyone stop you. It's an amazingly strange taste. Not something you'd eat every day, but must be tried once. Then eat a knekkebr�d with brown cheese and strawberry jam. It's amazingly delicious.

Haha, tube bacon. Not until you mentioned it did I notice how silly it is. I'm gonna laugh and point at it every time I see it in the stores. :)

*runs over to entry #2*

Mourphyis / June 21, 2006 3:16 AM

Need help finding a girl from Norway, I met her 11 years ago in Philadelphia, P.A. She was a exchange student from Oslo. How or who can I contact to find her.

Thanks for any assistance:

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