Alt title: An 8 Hour Hike Is A Great Place to Find Common Ground
  1. I arrived in Bergen early in the morning, very sleepy from an unfortunate layover in Oslo.
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    At midnight I landed in Oslo and found a hotel (?), showered (??), paid $30 for a 7 minute cab ride (this part I vividly & lividly remember) ahead of my 8am flight to Bergen.
  2. I took the bus up the mountain to my hostel, excited to nap!
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  3. Upon arriving, I learned I was 5 hours early for check-in. So what does one do when they're jet lagged AF and delirious?
  4. Join a hostel group on an 8 hour hike!
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    I was told we were hiking up to that tower (pic taken from hostel.)
  5. They said the hike would be "easy with a very small rock to climb."
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  6. It turned out to be more climbing than it was hiking...
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    New Olympics competition idea: jet lagged rock climbing.
  7. Within an hour we were nearly at the top!
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    I couldn't believe how quickly we made it to the top - 8 hours was a gross overestimate.
  8. Sheep selfie
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    A must, accordingly to my new friend @Burghi (read his list: Things you should do in Bergen, Norway vol.1)
  9. I felt triumphant! I summited the mountain in jeans and wingtip boots — suck it, REI.
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  10. But wait... What's that behind us? Turns out the first hour was the ascent, the next 7 would be fjord exploring.
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  11. So explore we did!
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  12. Hiking up streams...
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  13. Filling out water bottles with fresh water...
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  14. Taking selfies...
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  15. Taking GELFIES™...
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    That's GIF + Selfies (damn right I just trademarked that.)
  16. Making new friends...
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  17. Making new enemies...
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    Whatever, dude, I didn't want to hang out anyway.
  18. Stopping for coffee and cookies...
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  19. Conquering obstacles...
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    (This is my new Kansas City friend, the one who wants to "see the Wildcard win the election and take on the establishment." - really nice dude. Genuinely interesting to hear how other people approach politics and what matters to them.)
  20. And finally arriving, 5 hours later, at the summit of another mountain, overlooking Bryggen
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  21. As we made our way down the mountain into the city, I discovered this monument, commemorating Bergen's very own @sondrelerche
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    Amazing, their attention to detail! It's uncanny.
  22. An incredible first impression of Norway! It's like if Oregon and coastal Maine had a baby and gave that child a fuck ton of 💰💰💰
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    Tomorrow I'm off to explore the city!