Last Tuesday, I braved the icy streets and walked into central Stavanger. Monday, our first day here, I thought it enough to find two grocery stores close to home. Now, I was setting out to explore my new home town. The sun was shining – surely Stavanger must be happy to see us finally arrive, as they have had a LOT of rain this winter.
As I arrived by the central bus station, I saw a sign for the Tourist Information. Great, I thought – that’s exactly what I need as I didn’t have a clue what is down here. Not in the train station though – although there is a 7-11 (shades of back home), and I was to discover there are tons of them in Stavanger. What I did discover, however, was a small lake, and in the sunshine, it was a beautiful sight. There was ice on part of the lake, but the open area was full of ducks and gulls and swans, and in the clear morning air, the reflections were amazing. Forgetting all about the information centre, I walked along the lake and shot a dozen or more photos.
I poked my hear into the fish market on the wharf as well –this is dried fish. And now I know that “hummer” is Norwegian for lobster. I walked by the old toll house, and then around the narrow streets, mostly peering into windows. I found a hat in H&M. I a large book store, I bought some books about learning Norwegian. I already have a line on classes for David and I, beginning sometime in February.