13 Sep 2012 – End of Another Beautiful Trip

Mon: Bergen 60°23′22″N 5°19′48″E, pop 266,600 in an area of 465sqkm/180sqmi, known for Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, the Fish Market and surrounding mountains and fjords. Managed to walked around the fortress and the World Heritage Site/Bryggen, before the rains! Bought 1kg of peel to eat shrimps and a few crab claws.  They were fresh and yummy to savour indoors in the P-Hotel***where we shared a family room for the night.

Tue: goodbye wet wet wet Bergen, continuing our last stretch of 7hrs choo-choo train for a promotion NOK199 S$43 per person. Arr OSL 1738hrs, a cab to Majorstuen and a lovely evening in Vigelands Skulpturepark/Frognerparken for PP’s first visit there.

Wed: goodbye lunch at Nesøya with Ellen and Sita. The last time PP visited Nesøya was in 1974 and for KK it was 1978 when he accepted the role to be May’s godfather. A pleasant afternoon for last-minute shopping in GlasMagasinets and some sight-seeing along Karl Johans gate, Rådhus/City Hall, Arkerhus festning/fort where we took shelter at some military function as the sky opened up to rain cats & dogs!

Ended this trip with a bowl of warm comforting fish soup at Brasserie Sanguine og Argent Fine Dining***in Operahuset/the Opera House (opened in 2008). Another coincident, meeting Chiew Leng who was with Fort Canning/SIN, one of the projects 10yrs ago! Saw PP & KK off on the Airport Express train ending this wonderful trip with my best childhood friends. 

Who knows where our annual trip in 2013 will take us but will be looking forward to where ever and whenever we can be together again. Safe journeys to us and appreciations for such delightful company. In the meanwhile, need to pack for Canada and USA…

There’s something about childhood friends that you just can’t replace – Lisa Whelchel

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