Monthly Archives: May 2012

Lysekloster – Light Abbey

Lysekloster ruins – built in 1146. In 1146 the Bishop of Bergen decided to build an Abbey on some farmland he owned out in Os – today a 15 minute bus ride from town. It would be the first Cistercian … Continue reading

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U.N.S

Baku, in Azerbaijan is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest this year.  Which other four letter cities have hosted Eurovision in the last twenty years? The answer to this question secured us a winning place in the pub quiz this Friday. Now, if … Continue reading

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Extreme Weather Warning

This is the weather forecast for Bergen (and rest of Norway) for the next ten days. We are about to experience temperatures consistently above 10C, and relentless sunshine.  For a city proudly referred to as the wettest in Europe, and with … Continue reading

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Syttende Mai

Norway has recorded civilisations older than Jesus, god and all that other stuff.  However, as a nation, Norway is still a baby, only marginally older than New Zealand (although New Zealand’s independence is of some debate. It officially became a … Continue reading

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Boring goodness – Tunneling in Norway

Norwegians like tunnels.  And bridges.  But, especially tunnels. Tunnels here come complete with underground roundabouts and intersections.  The mountain behind our apartment has a criss-cross of several tunnels bored through it, all of which are longer than the longest tunnel … Continue reading

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