From Trondheim to Vollen

Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
Trip End Jun 29, 2007

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

We asked K Paw Gay not to fix anything special for breakfast, but she did. It was so nice to see how she and her husband Htee Hser worked together such as in the meal preparation the night before. He was peeling potatoes and nicely cutting them up.  He was very friendly to us.  He is studying computers and had a laptop.  I wanted to connect to their wireless network but he did not know the WEP key for the network. In the apartment complex, however, it was no problem finding an unsecured active network and that's how we got by with email, updating this blog, Skype and more. 
We said our good-byes and look forward to our next visit. They have a wonderful and close family. It is such a pity that they are so cut off from other brethren. She will likely not be able to go to any Feast this coming fall.  She is looking forward to the other Karen family that is a member of the Church to come to Norway so she'll have someone to talk to.
Before leaving I gave our prospective visit in Oslo a call to see about meeting later this afternoon.  He had read my email from the night before and already arranged for us to have dinner at his home and told us that he had made arrangements to spend the night as well.  Things are moving along TOO well on this trip. 
Friday morning we will travel on to to Sweden. Gothenburg is only three and a half hours away by train.
Our taxi driver Karl Roland picked us up promptly at 7:30 am. We really like his personable nature. Again, the taxi meter is intere$ting.  After we load up our luggage, the meter starts at $11 dollars.  What's it going to cost to the train station this time?  Bruce has a non-stop conversation going with him. Bruce is really great on this trip.  He is able to carry on talking with people which helps me out me out a lot. With my having to keep the trip going with calls ahead, making sure that our visits are helpful, writing, etc. Bruce has been most helpful about engaging the people we visit in discussion.
Back to the taxi.  We asked if he'd drive slowly by the famous Trondheim cathedral. Kira Spenser told me that it was something I had to see.  He turned off the main road so I could get some photos of it.  Then he took us into an older part of the town across an ancient bridge.  I enjoyed this but wondered what the cab trip would cost.  I told him that we probably better get on to the train station.  I then noticed that he turned the meter off.  The return trip to the train station cost a mere $35.  The cab driver enjoyed calling Bruce Anderson "Bruce Springsteen" (The Boss).  He called me Victor and some famous Swedish person whose first name was "Victor." 
We got on the train to Oslo.  This was the busiest train that we've been on. The conductor was a bit chagrined that we did not get reservations and just used our Scanrail pass.  He gave us a special place to sit because most of the seats were already reserved.
The scenery that I saw at twilight coming up was truly spectacular in the full sunlight.  It started snowing and it feels like it's January and certainly not June. 
We pass through famous towns like Lillehammer where the Winter Olympics was held.  Lillehammer is on the north end of Lake Mjosa, the largest lake in Norway. Our trained screamed down the 100 mile home stretch of our journey to Oslo. Once we arrived in Oslo we quickly found the half hour train to Asker and our visit with Jacob.  We arrived in Asker, succumbed to an ice cream cone.  Up pulled up Jacob and we went quickly to his home. 
When we arrived a full Mexican dinner was waiting for us.  We really enjoyed our conversation with him and his friend Ellen.  He lives at the edge of Oslo Fjord. 
Tomorrow our plan is to take the train to Gothenburg but we see that the 9 am train is no longer on the schedule. We really need to get to Gothenburg to see the Olson's and Saxin's and spent about an hour trying to figure out a better way than train to get there.  It looks like we will be taking the bus at 9:15.  We'll see how this works. 
Ellen let us use her home as our rest area for the night.  It's nice and bright here at 11 pm and it 's hard to turn in, but 5 am will come early enough and we better get some rest.
Tomorrow: Sweden!
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