The last few weeks have been busy but amazing here in Norway. My mom FINALLY came to visit and it was the perfect timing. We had a lot planned into the two weeks we had together so I knew that it would go fast but I didn’t think it would go this fast. She left bright and early the morning of the 4th and I already miss her again.
Norway in a Nutshell Tour
We started off with leaving for our Norway in a Nutshell Tour which I highly suggest doing if you are ever find yourself in Norway. It’s a self-guided tour of the route through a small part of Norway that you choose. We decided to start in Bergen and take the Bergen railway to Myrdal. There we switched to the Flam railway to take us to Flam. The train rides were full of the most beautiful views I have ever seen.
Once we were in Flam we were staying put for the rest of the day and until the next morning. We stayed in the most adorable hotel that included a balcony that looked onto the fjords. Flam was by far my favorite stop on this trip. It was so peaceful and beautiful that I think we said those two words about every 5 minutes while we were there. While we were in Flam we did lots of souvenir shopping and just exploring near the water and on the sides of the mountains. We needed our night with dinner in a cute little restaurant that brewed their own beer. I of course just had a cider but my mom said the beer was great! After dinner we went for a walk through the village and back to our room were we tried to enjoy our balcony some more.
The next morning we were off on the fjord cruise to Gudvangen. The fjord cruise boat was sooo nice! We were only on it for about 2 1/2 hours until we got to Gudvangen where we switched to a bus that was taking us to Voss. The ride to Voss was a bit interesting. We were on this big bus that was weaving down this steep cliff into a valley. I was sure my mom was going to have a heart attack but it was again… beautiful.
By this time in our tour, we were pretty exhausted so once we got to Voss we didn’t do too much. We stayed close to the train station and did just a bit of exploring. Voss is known for being into extreme sports and they are very proud of this. They are also known for there amazing ski resorts and abilities.
We got home from Voss and hung out for the evening because my mom had a big day ahead of her. Sunday morning we got up to go hike Floyen. This is 1 of the 7 mountain tops in Bergen. It has the best view of the city and it is an “easy” hike for Norway. Which really doesn’t mean much! My mom rocked the hike and once we were at the top we took in the different views for over an hour. We also found some goat’s that mom got very excited about! I think she took more pictures of them and the view 😉
The goats my mom fell in love with!
Monday afternoon when I was done with class we were off to Trondheim. My mom’s side of the family is originally from here and we thought it would be fun to go to Trondheim to explore the area our family was from.
Our trip started off to a rocky start. We spent about 2 hours (in the dark) lost in the city trying to find our Airbnb. I was prepared for something like this to happen since we had a hard time finding our Airbnb in Copenhagen but I knew my mom wouldn’t be as prepared. You really realize how much you rely on the internet once you can’t use it. We asked a few shy Norwegians until finally making it to our place.
Since we did not have much time here, we kind of just walked around a lot. We were able to meet up with my friend Elin who lives in Trondheim and she showed us around more and was able to tell us more about the city. On our final day in Trondheim we went to the Nidaros Cathedral and the Archbishop Palace museum where we were able to see the crown regalia. The cathedral was incredible and the crown regalia was also. The crown regalia is where the past jews of the royal Norwegian family are held.
We got back from Trondheim at about 9pm Wednesday night and our flight to London was leaving at 6:30am the next morning. We got home, unpacked, packed, showered and were off to bed. And again, once we got to London we got lost trying to find our Airbnb. I asked my mom a few times how people got around back in the day before the internet… maps of course!! Too bad we never had one in hand when we were lost.
Our Airbnb was on Abbey Road which, of course, is where the Beatles shot there album cover. It was quite entertaining to watch tourist try to take pictures crossing the road because it was a busy area and London drivers are very scary!
London is one of those places you could spend a whole month there and you still wouldn’t be able to see everything. So the fact that we had a whole day and less than half of another meant we needed to get into serious tourist mode.
We had a list of the things we had to see and I think we were able to “see” everything on it. We shopped on Oxford and Regent St. that was pretty high on my list 😉 It is the top shopping area of London (well Westminster) with some pretty expensive stores. We were able to see Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, and much more. More exciting, we were able to go in Buckingham Palace. Since the other side of my mom’s family is extremely English and just the fact that it was Buckingham Palace it was so incredible. Tourist are able to go in the palace for 2 months out of the year and the weekend we were there was the last weekend of the year!! The palace was as beautiful as you can imagine and now I am more determined than ever to become a real-life princess. 🙂 We were also able to go in the Tower of London which is where all of the royal family crowns and jews and such are held. Another beautiful sight. There was a lot to do in the Tower of London but since we were on a time crunch, we hit the spots we had circled on the guide and took in everything that we could. While touring through the city we were able to see some things from the Harry Potter movie series but we were not able to make it to Kings Cross station since my mom isn’t the biggest Harry Potter fan. 😦
That pretty much concluded our trip to London and I can easily say that I will be back to that city again. It was such a cool city with so much history!
With just a few days left, my mom and I saw some more of Bergen and mostly just appreciated the time we had left together. We spent most of our nights watching Gilmore Girls or a movie while we ate popcorn (mom’s favorite) and ice cream.
It was so much fun to be able to show my mom around the country she had always dreamt of traveling to. I am so lucky to have had her come stay with me and get a little dose of home halfway through this semester. Although it is a dream being here, I do miss home and my dogs of course! 🙂
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