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