Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
22Trip End Jun 29, 2007
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Our plan is to take the train into the Oslo area and visit two individuals.
Astrid prepare a fantastic breakfast of a phenomenal variety of items consisting of bread, various cheeses, eggs, tomatoes, sardines and probably more that I can't remember. We were joined by her 14 year-old daughter Sarah Louise who spoke very good English and was quite talkative. We talked about her playing in her school band that was rated number 2 in Norway. She played an instrument called a euphonium and they have taken band trips by bus to Estonia, Germany and other countries. Bruce Anderson gave her a Minnesota Vikings t-shirt.
We enjoyed a lot of discussion about Norway and American perceptions. We had asked if they heard of the comic strip Hagar the Horrible that depicted Scandinavian Norsemen. They sheepishly nodded that they had.
Astrid is very pleasant to talk to. We were fortunate that today was her day off work.
She is an English and German teacher.
Her father then came at 10 am to take us to the train station where we would continue on to the Oslo area where we have two people to visit. Astrid gave us food for the road. Her kindness, generosity and graciousness was most appreciated.
At the Stavanger train station we validated our ten day railpass and started off.
The trains are comfortable and roomy. So much more comfortable than an airplane. The scenery is spectacular rocky scenes and fjoids.
Our eight hour trip to the Oslo area was most relaxing. The scenery was spectacular as we stayed close to the coast, but then a third of the way into the trip cut into the interior of Norway up to Oslo.
We had two people to visit tonight and then make the 11:05 pm all night train to Trondheim. This was taking longer than I thought and I decided to make just one visit and work the other person in on the way back from Trondheim and before Sweden.
We got off at the Asker station outside of Oslo. There we called an old friend Dag
Noeglegaard who came and picked us up. We went to dinner at a restaurant on a fjord called The Strand, meaning "beach." The location was beautiful. We sat outside even though the temperature was a bit nippy. We really enjoyed our visit with Dag as we recollected our last meeting almost ten years ago as we kept the Feast on the outskirts of Oslo.
Dag then drove us around downtown Oslo. The sun doesn't set until almost 11 pm so there is a lot of light for sightseeing. Among the items of interest was the palace ot the King of Norway. He then took us to the train station and Bruce and I boarded the 11:05 all-nighter to Trondheim. We arrive at 7:00 am and will be visiting with K'Pawgay, Karen refugees who now have a new home in Norway. She is a member of the United Church of God. We are anxious to meet her and learn more about her life and how we in the ministry can be of greater service to her.
It's 1:05 am and I better get some shuteye before the train gets any further up the line.