Sunday, July 30, 2023

Trondheim, Norway

Hello again from Trondheim, Norway! Today marks the second and final visit of the summer in this port for me. The day started out a little bleak looking…
so after breakfast I came back to the cabin and took a little rest. Not much later the sun was in my eyes and it wound up ruling most of the day.
Trondheim, Norway
When I was here last month I spent the day taking standard touristy pictures. Of the famous waterfront houses, Trondheim Square, the Nidaros Cathedral, and the colorful umbrellas covering the street. You can read the blog post about the day here. 

Today I knew I wanted to do something different but wasn't sure what. On the ride down in the ship's elevator I ran into a family with their mother in a wheelchair who were concerned about getting her up the steep ramp over the railroad tracks. Well, Deb to the rescue because I knew where Trondheim was hiding their elevator. In turn from them I learned this week was the St. Olav Festival. It's Norway's largest cultural celebration for the Norwegian patron saint Olav Haraldsson. Guess I'll be heading to the cathedral again, then!
stairs at train station in Trondheim, Norway
Remember last month I said if you didn't take the elevator
down you'd have to deal with lots and lots of stairs? Yup.
On the way to the Cathedral I found new things I somehow missed last time. Back then I think I was so overwhelmed with everything being so new and the cobblestones being so rough I didn't really, really pay attention. But today I did.

I saw the yellow sculpture based on the Beatles Yellow Submarine.
yellow submarine sculpture near cruise ship in Trondheim, Norway
I saw cobblestones in a shape of a flower. I crossed over these twice last time. How did I miss it before?
flower cobblestone in Trondheim, Norway
I found two F word signs here last time but somehow missed this one. I caught it today, though. Can you see it below the closed sign?
While I was all proud I knew where the elevators were this time, how did I not know you don't have to push the button to get out the door of the building? I could have been just waving my hand in front of it? Duh.
And the art museum was right behind the Cathedral? Again, missed it last time.
Today streets were closed and Trondheim Square was full of white tents, and even though the festival runs through August 3 some of them were being taken down. They must have had some party last night.
When I arrived at the Cathedral they were setting up chairs and a stage in the area I was in before. I waited until after noon to see what was happening but alas, nothing.
There was one thing going on, however.
entrance to St Olav Festival at cathedral in Trondheim, Norway
A craft fair! Booths full of food and drink and about every kind of item made out of every kind of material you could imagine. I didn't take individual photos of the booths (you can see how busy it was) but if you were a shopper looking for beautiful unique handmade items, this would be the place to get them.
St Olav Festival craft fair in Trondheim, Norway
I spent time perusing the area before heading back in plenty of time for our 3:00 all aboard. Except when I got to the ship I found out all aboard wasn't until 7 tonight. While I've officially been in the land of not knowing what day of the week it is for quite a while now, it looks like I've made my way into the land of not knowing where I am or where I'm going or when I have to be there. It's kind of a nice feeling, though.

It gave me extra time to get up to a sunny and packed pool deck and have another vegetarian pizza. It's not one of the pizzas listed for the day - and they always try and steer me to something already made - but if I ask them to make one for me they will. The alternative is I order it from room service and they'll have to not only make a larger pizza but box it up as well. See, I save them a step! This one is only the size of a plate but is still too much for me. 
Probably a good thing I came back to the ship early because it's long before the real all aboard time as I'm typing this and it looks like we have some thunderstorms on the way. Update: They missed us.
I know tomorrow is a sea day and the Most Traveled Guest Luncheon, but surprise - I was wrong about where I thought I was going to be on Tuesday. Where we'll really be (and not where I think we'll be) is the Lofoten Islands. See you then!