Trondheim and Olavfestdagdene

Trip Start Jun 26, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Trondheim or Nidaros (the initial name), was the original capital of Norway in the 11th century and is the third largest city in Norway after Oslo and Bergen. It is also home to the pilgrimage target, the Nidaros Cathedral where the famous St. Olav is believed to be buried. If you like a wide range of music varying from country pop/rock to classical and jazz then you must co-inside your visit to Olavsfestdagene. A 10 day festival of music, medieval markets and performances starting in the last week of July and finishing at the end of the first week of August.

Coming from the small sparse towns of Northern Norway, reaching a city of Trondheim is a nice change. Almost as welcome as sleeping in a hostel instead of camping. If you need somewhere cheap to stay, look no further than the Interrail centre, where for 150 NoK a night you get to sleep in a 30 man mixed dorm, get a good breakfast, free internet access, in the hostel`s cafe you can find a cheap evening meal and cheap beer (for Norway anyway), but more impressive is the toilet shower. Yes, my friends if you are in rush in the morning you can have a shower and go to the toilet at the same time.

It was here where i just chilled spending most of my time watching various free concerts and just absorbed the atmosphere. The artists varied from local students singing a few American country classics, to all sorts of Jazz music`, dating from the 30`s to the present day. I was even (un)lucky enough to catch the Norwegian version of Michael Bolton, Nade. He liked to tell a few funny stories between each song, that got the whole Norwegian audience laughing, while i could only picture Tumbleweed rolling past me, once again wishing i knew some more Norwegian.

Other than enjoying the music, the military museum (free) is very interesting especially how Norway coped with all the propaganda. The cathedral is very dark inside, with an impressive rose stained glass window. The archaeological museum which holds some of the original stone statues found on the cathedral and has an archaeological dig of the old mint (money), this museum was probably the place the fairy god-mother got Cinderella's glass slippers from, as there is a wide selection of coloured glass shoes here. Although the Norwegians claim it represents the pilgrims. You can also see the crown jewels in a nearby museum, however it is a very small exhibit and not worth visiting unless you buy the combination ticket. The free Kristian Fort provides a good view looking down on Trondheim.

After 4 days relaxing here, back to the travelling and heading further south to Stavanger. 
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