posted on Thursday, July 08, 2010

I thought London was expensive...


Last day of our Norwegian holiday finally enjoying the luxury of a hot restaurant meal. After our Internet research we were prepared for a pretty expensive country but we had no idea of the suffering we were about to face! It took very little to realise that Norwegian kronas wear out quickly and that our dreamed plans for hot Scandinavian meals would have to be replaced by lots of biscuits, crisps and energy bars. Every price tag seemed to have come right out from the guinness book of records. A 750 ml mineral water bottle for 12 € would have seemed a extortionate price to pay in a particularly dry summer day in the middle of the Gobi desert... Weather surprised us with blue skies and lots of sunshine and we could enjoy our first day between trams, ferries, buses and a fair bit of walking. The occasional strong wind and clouds covering the sun suddenly changed the temperature. On the second day we took the train to Myrdal and then the amazing Flam railway, a single track rail that descends steep to the village of Flam. On the first leg of this journey our strict diet was further tested by a group of Indian tourists seating in our carriage. They were determined to have a feast and eat their way to Myrdal and they were making sure that everybody else on that train knew it. I really had to restrain myself when at the end of it all I heard a very mean "has everybody had cake?". After a night in Flam the highlight of the trip was the boat journey along the fjord admiring some of the most stunning scenery and an incredible sequence of waterfalls diving into the sea. Bergen our final destination was a very interesting seaside town with its historic part consisting of very well maintained and colourful wooden houses and narrow passages. A wonderful country where nature is really unspoilt so will hope for more amicable exchange rates in the future and in the meantime look forward to catch up on thoroughly missed meals!