Bergen - 275 Days of Rain a Year...

Trip Start Jun 12, 2005
Trip End Jul 02, 2005

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Monday, June 20, 2005

After being awoken by my bunkmates at 3,4,6,7 and 8 AM I wasn't sure how the day would turn out. Rain pounded down all morning (Bergen gets approx 275 days of rain a year) so Ash and I sort of had a slow start. We eventually made it to the Bergen Fish Market and picked up some Norwegian version of Cod for dinner. I tried a whale meat sandwich for lunch...apparently it's big here. I even bought a Whale Salami/Sausage thingy...(note the picture)

Being that it was rainy we decided to make it more of a museum day. We started off (as all medical students should) at the Leprosy Museum. We sort of just went as a joke since we had been saying we HAD to go for the past day...but in all honesty it actually was quite interesting and had some exhibits on Infectious Disease as well as a nice presentation of the history of Leprosy.

We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the beautiful old wooden buildings of Bryggen, to the "castle" of Bergen...the Rosenkratz Tower and Haakans Hall, both build in the 13th Century. They were actually destroyed in 1944 when a German Merchant ship carrying gunpowder blew up in Bergen Harbor and have been totally rebuilt.

We made our sautéed our fish for dinner and made some (gasp!) frozen actually was quite tasty. After dinner we headed to a nice little Irish pub off the Torget overlooking the harbor and met an older British couple that had moved to Naples, FL in 1986. They were full of stories from living in England, Saudi, Boston and all over. They are acutally close friends with Bill Laimbeer's parents and uncle...small world. We were chatting about the Pistons game, the Bad Boys and the old Celtics (and Red Sox too, don't worry) It really was fun to chat with them.

Hopefully tomorrow it wont' be quite as rainy as we are planning on riding the Funicular and possibly fishing...but as always, we'll see where this trip takes us...

Catch ya on the flip side,
- M & A
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