Sunday, January 1, 2012

I won but Gwenyth was plastered

Bergen was closed and it was raining hard all day so we were stuck indoors.  So we napped and sort of shot the breeze.

On Sunday afternoon - New Year’s Day, there is not a lot happening in Bergen and it is raining so we went to  Egon which is the only restaurant which is open and I had a pizza and it said it came with meat which it certainly did and I tried to prise most of this off.

Cate and Gwenyth had some other stuff and two bottles of French Chablis.

This was not too bad and was only €70 per bottle – a bargain by Norwegian standards. 

I stuck to the coke because this was like 4:00 PM and the sun was not over the yardarm (even though it set at 3:27 PM). (It rises here at about 9:30 AM.)

We had a delightful lunch which I finished with pancakes and then adjourned to our room which is a deluxe double room overlooking the harbour and costs almost as much per night as a meal in a restaurant. This is now the benchmark.

Gwenyth had sent me to 7-11 to buy playing cards so that she could teach me German Whist. This is not a complicated card game but requires that you remember the cards that are played and that you picked up.

This is of course quite beyond me because at my age I can barely remember to put my underpants on in the morning so she beat me hollow. I won no games out of about 20.  

My revenge was to challenge her to chess using my iPad. The advantage I had was that:

1: She had not played chess for a very long time.

2: The iPad chess game makes all the pieces seem like imploded sea creatures. It is impossible to distinguish a bishop from a pawn.

3: She was completely plastered.

Naturally I won – but not easily because I had been sucking Jameson at the time and deteriorated as time went on – but fortunately not as rapidly as Gwenyth.

Tomorrow early we go to Trondheim. Who knows? It may snow. Sorry Steph. No pics, too much rain.  


  1. There's a red, wood frame house down by the harbor that makes it into a lot of calenders and such. That's where my friends lived until they moved up onto the mountain. His parents still live there though. They often mention the high cost of food in Bergen.

    People sometimes ask me what is the key to a happy family and I always tell them I don't know. All I know is that we're all just crazy about each other. We just really like being together. Glad you have that with Cate and Gwenyth!

  2. Glad to hear you are staying away from reindeer doing burn-outs.
    You don't have some sea voyage on a viking ship planned do you?

  3. It amazes me that 7-11's are everywhere. I found one in Monterrey Mexico in the 90's and could not believe my eyes.

  4. I have had a most interesting time studying Norway these past few days, amazing place.

  5. SK Waller: Seems like every second house here is red - they must like the color - or the paint is cheaper.

    freefalling: The sea voyage starts tomorrow - but it is a very large viking ship.

    fmcgmccllc: They are everywhere in Norway.

    esb: You could blow your retirement money here in a weekend.

  6. I cannot play chess to save my life. I know how the pieces can move, but that's it.

    Also, I find myself intrigued by your Lothario past!

  7. smedette: I can play chess - but I am no good. Hardly a Lothario I regret to say.

    esb: see above