Oct 5th, 2014
I seem to have been away from the banks of the Donich an awful lot recently. This week it is Bergen, Norway on work – but I am swearing to myself that I am not doing any more on-sites after this because it was a bit of an awful journey (via Amsterdam – took nearly 10 hours door to door). Strangely enough R is also away – he is in Shetland – which of course has a major connection with Bergen due to the ‘Shetland bus’ during Second World War.
So poor J is looking after the cats again and he is not happy about this being twice in three weeks.
Anyway – Bergen is super beautiful. It was a beautiful clear day today, and as the plane came into land there were hundreds of little islands in the fiord, some connected by bridges, with many boats bobbing about in the blue water. Then the city itself is surrounded by steep wooded hills covered with scenic brightly coloured houses. The centre itself is a world heritage area with largely wooded buildings, some with crooked walls and off-centre roofs. All very pretty.
Then there is a nice marina with lots of bars and restaurants, a sort of fortified castle thing (I need to find out what that is), a funicular railway, museums, art galleries, an aquarium, and boat trips out to tour the fiord and its islands. The only problem is that I won’t be seeing any of this because I will be sitting in a bank testing a WP8 app. Never mind – R and I will need to come back here together soon – I actually fancy doing a trip my Mum and Dad enjoyed a few years ago, which was a sort of Scandinavian cruise.
So far the only thing I don’t like about Bergen are the prices of everything (which are horrendous), plus the locals seem to have a bit of a predilection for big, noisy motorbikes.