[On Land ] February 07, 2008 12:54
Waking up the second day in Norway, we were treated to the bland, tasteless, English-style breakfast we had experienced in Scotland and England. I’m convinced that all the stories you hear about boring, flavorless food overseas is mostly true, at least it was true of the places we visited so far and Norway was no exception.
[On Land ] February 06, 2008 10:24
Waking up in Norway for the first time, I noticed something that I found quite welcome. The bathroom floor was heated from below with a radiant system. After all the cold weather we had been through the last few days it sure was nice to warm up before even hitting the shower. Since this was the first of three days in Bergen, we decided to grab a quick bite to eat and get an early start on our first trip into the offices we were working in for the week. The half-hour cab ride went by quickly but we got our first real views of the area in the light of day. It hadn’t stopped raining all night and it was easy to see why the landscape stayed so green. The lush green of the trees was a welcome sight after all the dull stone buildings of the UK.
[On Land ] February 04, 2008 21:27

February 4, 2008

We got up early on Monday, especially considering how little sleep we got after watching the Super Bowl the night before. This was to be our only day to see some of the sights inside London and our flight to Norway left at 5:30 that afternoon. We checked out of our hotel, checked our bags at the underground station and caught one of the local tour buses to head into town.

[On Land ] February 03, 2008 21:20

February 3, 2008

We got up early on Sunday morning to get ready for a long day tour we had planned. We walked a few blocks to Victoria Bus Depot and caught our bus for the day. Our tour guide was an interesting old Irishman who cracked jokes every few minutes. He was very entertaining and knowledgeable about the places we were to visit that day. He only had one request and that was to be in your seat on the bus on time. Not walking around, not making your way to your seat, but sitting in your seat at the exact time. He was such a nice old fellow that I think everyone on the bus was worried about being late and having him scold us for it.

[On Land ] February 02, 2008 21:13

February 2, 2008

We started our first real sight seeing days early and headed off in the cold and wet morning toward Edinburgh Castle. On the way we stopped to take a few pictures and noticed the Sir Walter Scott Monument. It is a tall tower monument with 287 steps inside that you can take to the top. After finally cashing in some of our American Dollars for pounds, we spent a few of them and walked up the monument to the very top. This spiral staircase is not for the claustrophobic, it was very narrow, and winding its way to the top, it got more and more narrow until you had to step sideways, very carefully, up the last few steps to reach the top. It was quite a view from up there and we snapped off a few pictures of the city from above. The way down was a bit easier on the legs but just as tough to maneuver. It was quite a workout on the legs after spending the last couple of days sitting in airplanes, hotels, offices and trains.

[On Land ] February 01, 2008 21:09

February 1, 2008

Today we had our first business meetings of this trip. We met at a new building in the town of Aberdeen, near the site of the largest man-made quarry in Europe. Nearly all the homes in Aberdeen are made from the granite boulders that come from this quarry, so it’s quite large.