Sculpture Fun in Trondheim

After the End of the World party in Oslo, a day wondering around the snow wonderland in Tromso, the 25 hours at the north-most city on the planet, and another brief stop in Tromso, I have arrived to Trondheim - my last one-day stop on this crazy hop-around-Norway-in-six-days trip. But first, a few pics along the way:

Flying over Lofoten Islands on the way to Bodo and then Trondheim

Arriving to Bodo with its military facilities cleverly masked as snow piles

No window seat on the flight to Trondheim -(

As I gave up on trying to find a host on couchsurfing (for whatever reason, most people here don't even respond to requests....) and booked the cheapest hotel I could find (no a single hostel here!), Andreas came through at the last minute and offered me to crash at his place. Since it was right on the airport bus route, I paid almost twice as much for the "privilege" of riding the bus rather than taking the train to the city (this Norwegian obsession fetish with airport buses will be a separate post). But it wasn't the money, it was the fun of getting off at the next train station after the airport that I missed out on - the Hell station. So instead, I just had to take a screenshot from the NSB website:

Trondheim to Hell - One way or round trip?

We wasted no time with Andreas getting out and about. As I got to town in late afternoon, the museums were out of the question and the skiing was a bit too far away, so we just walked around "the oldest of Norway's major cities" and marveled at the various architecture styles around us. From the wooden mansions houses around the city center, to soviet-style doom-and-gloom buildings next to the medieval style university hall, as well as modern and somewhat futuristic look at the new port - there was quite a bit of contrast no matter where you look.

The old and most prestigious district - pretty wooden houses and all

Stiftsgaarden - King's residence, keeping it (fairly) simple

Somewhat Girona-like houses surrounding the river

Trondheim University building

The most expensive real estate in Trondheim

The new port area

And then there were a few statues all over the place that I decided to have some fun with.

The first victim

A prominent ice scatter just across the street

Even the king is not immune (and I do have a hat in my hand but it is hard to see)

The last viking looks on

One of the most unusual things I saw during our walk was the old bicycle "lift" up the hill. It essentially looked like a human catapult - you stick one of your feet against a small platform that pushes you forward as you hold your bicycle to the side:

Old bicycle lift up the hill - a mild human catapult

A very nifty idea for sure! While that street was not as steep as Baldween street in Dunedin, I could definitely see how one would find this lift helpful there. Unfortunately, it has been decommissioned for some time now.