I Love Food Festivals!!!

Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
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Trip End Nov 20, 2008


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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Slept in as on phone to bank re stolen credit card till early hours of morning so didn't get as early start as wanted which was a bit annoying, especially as we had the whole day free to explore.

Headed into town and down to the fish market as had heard this was the place to check out. They sell everything here fresh off the boat and you can buy all sorts of food like calamari, lobster, fish and chips etc. They also sell souvenirs and they even sell every kind of fur skin you can think off.

There happened to be a Food Festival on on the other side of the port which was fantastic. Even saw the Mayor give a speech. Was a fantastic atmosphere and the locals on the stalls are all happy for you to try their products and tell you about them. Was nice to try real Norwegian food as have felt deprived on all the tours of true local food. Specialty Norwegian food seems to consist of Sausages, pancakes, honey, fish and seafood, fruit jams and syrups, cheese and of course elk, venison and whale. Tried some fantastic sausages and pancakes and some wonderful heather honeycomb and some yummy strawberry syrup on ice cream. They are also really into 'cloud berries' which appears to be a yellow berry the size of cherries. They are very expensive and sought after so if someone finds a bush they don't tell anyone about it and hide the location. They also have a lot of a brown cheese that doesn't look appetizing but is actually very yummy. I asked the lass on the stall how it was made and she said it is the whey of white goat's cheese that is boiled until it caramelises and thus the result is this cheese. Is very nice! Apparently the Food Festival is on once a year in Bergen. I recommend people check it out-it is fantastic and you don't need to eat anywhere else! And with how expensive Norway is this makes it a bonus.

Had an interesting experience today. Keep getting mistaken for being Danish in Denmark and Norwegian in Norway. Was in a shop in Bergen and the owner was talking to a guy in English about a car accident. He sees me waiting and beckons me to come up and get served and says something to me in Norwegian. He turns back to the guy and talks to him in English. He turns back to me and I say the usual 'hello, can I have this please?' in English......he says something to me in Norwegian then turns back to the guy and says something to him in English...he then turns back to me and talks to me in Norwegian at which point I say I can't understand Norwegian...he looks confused and then gets embarrassed and apologises in English. I think he thought I was Norwegian and that I was talking to him in English because I heard him talking in English to the other guy. Was very funny and comical. But really don't think I look Norwegian. LOL.

Saw a fire. Apparently there have been a lot lately in Bergen and the locals are getting worried.Took lots of photos of Bergen. Was nice just to wander around. Went out for dinner with a Canadian group on the tour. Great bunch of people! Had some nice Chinese food as well :)
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