Stockholm, Sweden

I went for a walk up to the Moderna Museet, the modern art museum in Stockholm. Crossing from one island to another I saw what looked like a couple of police officers in yellow fluorescent jackets on a boat. They appeared to be fishing for bodies, looking for someone who had commit suicide the night before. That was Saturday night. It was St. Patrick’s day so I went out to one of the local Irish pubs (actually two of them) for a pint of Guinness (two pints of Guinness – I went with the intention of having one but had…

Train from Kiruna to Stockholm, Sweden

Now on the train down to Stockholm, an overnight train from Kiruna in the north. There is still some snow outside, but not that much. Up in Kiruna there was thick snow and the rivers were frozen, though some people have said that usually at this time of year Kiruna would be a lot colder. It was around zero, and to me felt quite cold, though with my long johns and long scarf I was okay, but apparently it would usually be ten below zero in mid-March. A Swedish guy on the train was saying there’s a definite change in…

Bergen, Norway

Last night was my last night in Bergen so I went out. Bergen FilmKlub showed the Trollmann fra Oz – There’s no place like home, There’s no place like home, There’s no place like home. I think it was the first time I’d seen that film outside of the Christmas period. Then I went for a beer in a bar, then a hot dog (Norway’s favourite fast food it seems), then wandered along by the port and heard live music coming out of one of the bars. As I peered in past the doorman, seeing a room full of people…

Bergen, Norway

Breakfast is a help yourself to bread meat cheese and salad thing, along with orange juice and coffee. I almost forgot I haven’t paid for it yet. That’ll be 55 Kronas thanks. (About £4.50 thanks.) This is the hostel cafe. Black and white photos of musicians around the walls: The Animals, Chrissy Hind, Elvis meeting Nixon… There’s an Elvis clock with a swinging pelvis pendulum. I was wrong about the heaters outside being on all the time. I think they only come on when you walk into the area. This is generally a good place, though not so good on…

Bergen, Norway

Norwegian stew with dumplings. The only thing this cafe serves on a Thursday, so that’s what I’m having. Last night I went to see a film at the Bergen FilmKlub. It was a Hong Kong Chinese film called Dumplings about a woman who makes dumplings out of aborted foetuses. They’re supposed to be an elixir of youth. The woman making them is supposed to be 64, but looks about 25.

Bergen, Norway

A new posting on the Mbashta blog is always welcome, but unfortunately quite a rare thing. This is a particularly good one though and well worth checking out.

Bergen, Norway

They now have the wifi internet fixed in the hostel where I’m staying, called Jacobs Appartments. A very nice place, with attached bar, good security (very important when travelling with laptop and video camera) but they have an outdoor terrace heated by bar heaters which appear to be on all day and all night, and the radiators in the dorm are left on all day, so very wasteful of energy. Norway has oil, so maybe energy is cheap here. Pretty much everything else is very expensive. I’ve been here for a week so I’m not using my one month interrail…

Bergen, Norway

The train I took yesterday was derailed today by a mound of unusually thick snow. It fell off the tracks. Nobody was hurt apparently, but the line is closed at the moment. Just been speaking to a Norwegian guy who is stranded here. If you’re going to be stranded though, Bergen is a good place for it, so long as you have warm clothes. It was snowing last night.

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