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Doing Norway Cheaply and non-touristy Posted by on Oct 1, 2010 in Nature

My friend and I are currently in Bergen sitting in Burger King, not to eat American greasy food, but actually to use gratis trådløst internett (free wireless internet) because apparently it is not common for cafés to offer this.  So here we are amongst the smells and American veggepynt (wall decorations).

We are both slightly blakk (broke) and have both been here numerous times before and thus done all of the normal touristy stuff. Therefore, we decided to tackle Bergen from a different perspective, living as a local.  First, I have my dog, so staying in a hostel is not an option and hotels are quite expensive, so we looked around and sent dozens of emails inquiring about leiligheter (apartments) for short-term leie (rent).  We found this sjarmerende (charming) leilighet just down the block from akvariet (the aquarium) and no more than 10 minutes walk to Fisketorget (the Fish Market) and sentrum.  For 600 NOK a day-night, we each pay about 50 USD a day, not so bad for Norway!  Leiligheten has ei dobbeltseng (a double bed), en sofa (a couch), ei lite seng (a small bed), en peis (a fireplace), en TV, et kjøkken (a kitchen), og et baderom (a bathroom).  In other words, helt møblert (fully furnished).  And best yet, the owner of the leilighet is totally cool with my dog!

I have to admit, living cheaply has a lot to do with your selskap (company).  We went to the matbutikk (grocery store) yesterday to pick up mat for the next few days.  Frokost (breakfast) consists of yoghurt med musli (yoghurt with granola), tropisk jus (tropical juice), and selvfølgelig kaffe (obviously coffee)!  Til lunsj spiser vi smørbrød (For lunch we eat open-faced sandwiches) with pålegg (toppings) such as salami, egg, and ost (cheese), while Stella gets pølse (sausage).  Vi laget hjemmelaget pizza til middag (We made home-made pizza for dinner) and is til dessert (ice cream for dessert).

Yesterday I think we covered the entire city of Bergen walking around enjoying sola (the sun) and the city atmosfære (atmosphere).  Today we will do the same, but will hike up the cable car trail up the mountain and explore up there.  Then, we plan to stop by Fisketorget to buy some fresh fish and make middag.  Sounds like a pretty perfect day to me!

Keep in mind that we have been extremely heldig (lucky) with regards to været (the weather) because every other time either of us have been in Bergen, it has rained.  3 days of sunshine and warmth in a row must be a record-it´s actually the warmest part of Norway right now!  Off to enjoy it!

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About the Author: kari

I attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where I majored in Norwegian and History. During college, I spent almost a year living in Oslo, Norway, where I attended the University of Oslo and completed an internship at the United States Embassy. I have worked for Concordia Language Villages as a pre-K Norwegian teacher and have taught an adult Norwegian language class. Right now, I keep up by writing this Norwegian blog for Transparent Language. Please read and share your thoughts! I will be continuing this blog from my future residence in the Norwegian arctic!


  1. BM:

    Please don’t buy fish from the fish market! The fish is not particularly fresh, especially at the close of the day.

    Jeg vil ikke at du skal angre på det.

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