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    Wandering through Bergen – Day 8

    Photos There were some domestic chores to be done in the morning before we checked out. City Box advertised laundry facilities, and we had only brought a week’s worth of clothing with us to Scandinavia. After a bit of a goose chase (not a terribly wild one) of trying to find the laundry room and get the appropriate change for the machines, I was able to get a load going. Once we were all packed, pressed and dressed, we headed…

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    Fjording in Norway – Day 7

    Photos It was an early start, as we had an 8 am train to catch. However, it was convenient to get down to the train station. We grabbed some sandwiches from a deli for breakfast and hopped on our first train of the day. I’d booked us on a Norway in a Nutshell tour, which isn’t a “tour” in the traditional sense with tour guides and a group that you follow around but simply arranged transport from one place to…

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    From medieval to modern – Day 6

    Photos It was another slow-going start, as D was eager to return to Tim Wendelboe for another taste of their coffee. We meandered our way down in time for them to open, and he had another double hit of coffee with an aeropress and a double espresso, which were both thoroughly delicious. Happily caffeinated, we headed off to catch a tram to see the Viking Ship Museum. No good trip to Norway would truly be complete without some kind of…

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    We all scream for Oslo – Day 5

    Photos We were fairly leisurely in getting going, as our first stop was a renowned coffee shop, Tim Wendelboe, which opened at 11 am. Thankfully, it was only a relatively short walk away, and we rolled in right as it opened. Perhaps the most striking thing we noticed right off the bat was it wasn’t really set up as a coffee shop, as there were only a handful of chairs. Ultimately, the space was roaster-oriented, with a coffee shop attached…

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    Train to Oslo – Day 4

    Photos One of the major disadvantages to staying at a hostel is that it tends to attract certain crowd of folk, some of which like to return to the hostel at 3 am and hang out in the hallway to have protracted, boisterous conversations. Such was the occasion last night, which made for not ideal sleeping conditions. We groggily got our things together and opted to take a cab back to Central Station to make life easier, which also had…