24 July 2011

From Coast to Coast Expedition - Days 11, 12, and 13

Early in the morning we go back to the Atlantic Road. We get accepted in the pack now. Vultures waiting for the clouds to clear, praying for some wind, or even waves. 

Yes, we'd rather have enormous waves washing the road than this indifferent gray sky.

We wait and wait, move from bridge to bridge but it is all the same. No sun today. Still, we take our photos to share with you.

And we go.

Another day spent on the road. Another night in an unknown city.

We are in Trondheim, once the capital of Norway but still the place to crown the king. It is the home of the biggest church in Norway, the Nidaros Cathedral, where St. Olaf was buried – an orthodox saint and a driving force behind Norway's final conversion to Christianity.

The view from Nidaros Cathedral

And it is raining.

We spend the next two days on the streets and in the cathedral of Trondheim. We take the 172 steps up the tower to see the town from the once highest building in town. It still is impressive. Even in the rain.

The afternoon of July 22 starts with the terrifying news of the bombing of the government quarters in Oslo and the shooting on the Ut√łya island. The rest of the day disappears in following the news and talking with relatives over the phone. The worst attack of Norway since WWII. Everyone is in shock. According to the news 93 people are dead on the island and in Oslo. No words can explain how terror stricken Norway is at the moment.

Thank you, my friends for the emails and concerned comments. We are in shock.