Sunday, September 23, 2007
I then dropped by bags at the hotel, near the Tower of London, and headed out to enjoy the weather with a run through the city. I took to tube to Embankment, ran along the Thames to Big Ben/Parliament/Westminster, then headed up through St. James Park, Green Park (Buckingham Palace), and into Hyde Park. Everyone was out enjoying the day, lounging on the thousands of lawn chairs set up in all the parks or on picnic blankets.
After retracing my steps and getting back to the hotel to shower, I headed out to Convent Garden for a fantastic dinner and then walked along the Thames where there was an insane festival going on...imagine Madri Gras or Carnival taking place in London and you've got the Thames Festival!
All in all, a fantastic day to enjoy London and get ready for a week of meetings!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I live on the corner of Strandboulevarden and Marstalsgade...and the city has recently turned Standboulevarden into a "Green Project." This means they have shut down the northbound two lanes of Strandboulevarden and created a mini street festival complete with a sandbox (aka a bunch of sand dumped on the street), basketball court, soccer field, huts for food and clothing vendors, bands, etc.
Apparently this is going to go on for 2 months. Since there is another north/south street nearby that traffic can use, apparently they are trying to prove that Strandboulevarden could permanently be transformed into a public park...ahh, the crazy liberal Danes!!!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
We spent Saturday and Sunday exploring Copenhagen...a Canal Tour, the Little Mermaid, Christiana, Nyhavn, Radhusplatsen, to name a few. Then I put Kara to work in helping me prepare for a Mexican themed going away party for a friend of mine who is moving back to the States...she certainly did not disappoint with a huge batch of her now world-famous guacamole!On Monday we were off to Norway and luckily found Kara's bag at the airport! A quick plug for the Oslo airport...definitely one of the most efficient airports I have ever been to - we hopped on a train and in about 25 minutes were at Oslo main station. After dropping off our bags ,we walked up to the Vigland Sculpture Park.
The Vigeland Sculpture Park features 212 sculptures in what is like the Central Park of Oslo. Kara and I did our best to imitate a few of the sculptures, including the Angry Baby which is the park's most popular feature.
After the park we headed to a great dinner at one of the oldest restaurants in Oslo...where I got my first taste of reindeer!
On Tuesday it was back to Oslo Main Station and we were off to the Fjords! We took a 4.5hour train ride from Oslo to Myrdal which was absolutely gorgeous.
After a quick stop in Myrdal to transfer trains to the Flamsbana...which is a 20km train ride that takes about an hour due to the steep gradient (the gradient is 55/1000 or 80%...one of the world's steepest) and due to the stop we made at Kjosfossen Falls (free fall of 305ft).
After spending another morning exploring Flam and the Norwegian trolls we were off to the Fjords again, this time for a two hour ferry to Gudvangen. From there we took an hour bus ride (up a really steep mountain pass of many switchbacks) to Voss, where we had a little time for a cup of coffee and a walk over to the Voss harbor before getting on a train to Bergen.
On Saturday, some of my friends from work had organized a "champagne day" and we joined them for brunch and dinner followed by karaoke!
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Adios Austin...tak for hygge!