Funny and Charming Things about Norway

After unseasonably mild and snowless weather so far, winter has finally come to Norway. (Side note: I just started watching Game of Thrones (I know, I know) and every time they say the words “winter is coming” I shudder with empathy. In fact, I feel like this should just generally be Norway’s national slogan.)

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Next Stop: Flåm

After leaving Torpo, I had another couple hours on the train to Myrdal, and this time my window was blissfully film-free, so I got a crystal clear view of the stunning countryside. Myrdal is a train station basically pinned to the side of a mountain and, other than selling waffles for the bargain price of $6/waffle to what must be desperately hungry travelers, serves no other purpose other than being a transfer point for the famous Flåm railway (pronounced kind of like “floam”), or one of the world's most beautiful train journeys, and the reason I was in Myrdal at all.

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All Aboard the Bergen Railway! First stop: Torpo

The first week of October we had a week off from classes in order to work on the myriad of individual and group project assignments, so I jumped at the chance to hop on the Bergen Railway, which was going to skip me right clear across the country, from Oslo to Bergen, then back again. I’d planned to make some stops along the way and arrive in Bergen in time for the Swingin’ in the Rain Lindy Hop festival there.

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Trondheim Funtime

On Thursday night I got back from Trondheim, which is a city of about 187,000 people 500 km (310 miles) north of Oslo. This trip brought us up to 63° N, and I could feel the difference in the quality of light and the temperature, and it felt a bit like taking a vacation to fall for a few days. Now, I am back in Ås, where the trees have only just started to turn

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