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Published: August 11th 2009
No elves here only trolls who do terrible things, like steal your credit card and buy a lot a souvenirs with it.
I was up last night until 3:30 AM working on the computer trying to get information that I need for today. The problem is that many web sites will not take an American credit card. So when I try to buy flight tickets I am denied. But I was able to confirm hotel accommodations using my credit card.
So now I have a room but how do I get there. I fall asleep only to wake with a headache at 6:30 AM. I call the airlines and make the reservations over the phone. Here I am, making a flight reservation for a flight that will take off in less than 10 hrs. I have never done that before. I usually book flights months in advance. I even got the lowest price that was quoted on the web. You just have to love these Norwegians.
So now I have a free morning to finally take in the sites of Bergen. It is a small tourist area with only the old town and the harbor. So I don't have far to wander around. It is very quaint and reminds me a little of New England, but I didn't
see any clam chowder. Found lots of trolls (dolls) though. They have many legends about them but haven't seen any real ones yet. But then I didn't go to any of the bars last night. That might have been my only chance.
I did go to the book store and buy some novels in English; running out of books to read and being on various modes of transportation it really helps to fill the time. The last book I bought in Poland was really good as it should be because the paper back book cost me 12 USD. Twice the going price in English pounds that was on the cover. Now that is a rip off, but when you have little choice...
I also bought my granddaughter Haleigh a book about the Trolls. I think she will like it.
A slow bus to the airport just about had me asleep but now awake and ready to wait for the flight to Copenhagen via Oslo.
The flights were on time and no problems whatsoever. The Norwegian Air just added Copenhagen to their fly schedule and obviously had to buy new planes and this one came from Poland as
it still had all the markings for the Polish Airlines and all things written in Polish.
Flights were good because even with some cloud cover I was able to see a good bit of the landscape of Norway and Denmark from the air. They have so much coastline that very little has any buildings on them. Most of the coastline is either rocks or fields, no real beaches to speak of. In the States it's hard to find any vacant coastlines that don't have a skyscraper on it.
I land and get my luggage around 7:30 and by the time I find out whether to take the Metro or the train to the city and buy the ticket and find the right terminal and ride the 20 minutes to the city it's about 8:15. I am finding it hard to get information at the train stations other than for train tickets. Other counties have there tourist information center there at the station.
But any way, I walk out of the station not really having any idea where the hotel might be other than it was a 5 minute walk from the station as noted on
the web. So I just start walking and finally ask a taxi driver and I only have to go another 25 meters and turn left and I see my hotel. Wow! That was lucky!
It's a nice 2 star hotel with a shared bathroom/shower but for the cheap price of just over 100USD it is a good deal right here in the center of the city. It is really clean and the beds!!!!! They are so soft. I can't wait to sleep in it tonight.
Not going anywhere this evening. Just going to look over some tour information and decide what I will be doing tomorrow here in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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