I next took a train to the west coast of Norway from Oslo and noticed the train seemingly to be continually going up. At one stop, the doors opened, and I saw snow! A moment of panic ensued as I realized I was ill-prepared for such wintry conditions. However, the train continued its journey through the snow-covered mountains of Myrdal, where adventurers geared up for a thrilling experience on the Rallar Road track. This scenic route winds its way down from the high mountain region, passing through alpine areas and snow-capped peaks, past natural habitats of arctic foxes and wild reindeer, to the valley towns far below. My train rode thru it all.
Upon arriving in Bergen, I found myself captivated by the small-town atmosphere that enveloped the city. Nestled at the base of seven mountains and serving as the gateway to the fjords, Bergen exuded a unique charm. Cobblestone streets, wooden houses, and an abundance of flowers adorned every corner, creating a picturesque setting. As I strolled through the Hanseatic fish market wharf, the scents of the sea mingled with the bustling activity. The market offered an array of delicacies from the ocean, and I indulged in fresh fjord prawns, eager to savor the flavors of the region.
Embracing my penchant for adventurous eating, I decided to try a whale meat sandwich, curious about the flavors this unconventional delicacy would offer. Sliced like roast beef and presented on a bun with traditional accompaniments, the sandwich appeared like a typical western-style beef dish. However, with the first bite, the distinct taste of the sea permeated my senses, providing a memorable culinary experience that challenged my expectations. Although it wasn’t to my liking, it added an intriguing twist to my gastronomic adventures.
To immerse myself fully in Bergen’s ambiance, I borrowed a bike from the hotel and pedaled along the harbor front. The picturesque views of sleek boats, bustling seafood stands, and iconic wooden houses painted a vibrant picture of this coastal city.
Unexpectedly, I stumbled upon a lively festival, where a Norwegian rapper was warming up the crowd with his energetic performance. It was a delightful encounter, showcasing the city’s vibrant cultural scene and the warm spirit of its people.
My journey from Oslo to Bergen presented a tapestry of experiences that encapsulated the beauty and charm of Norway. From the awe-inspiring train ride through snow-capped mountains to the quaint streets and bustling fish market. My culinary adventures and chance encounters added a touch of whimsy to my exploration, making this trip another unforgettable experience. Foot note: I skipped the world’s only leprosy museum. Maybe next time. Plus, it cost an arm and a leg to get in.
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