At last I got to see Trondheim in slightly better weather than previous visits. And I have to say I was delighted to be able to walk around in a T-shirt.
My first visit to Trondheim was for surgery, in December last year. It was a little bit cold, but not too bad.
When I returned in January, for 6 weeks radiation therapy, I could not believe that any place on earth could be so cold, and yet at the same time so beautiful. Click on this link for some pictures on my photobucket site from that visit. On one of the days it was about -25C and my damned mustache froze, now that's cold. :)
Here's a sample picture from January. Ice floating down the river had damaged pontoons for small boats.
But back to this week, and the whole place looked better. Here's a view over Nidelva (River Nid), towards the main bridge into town.
earlier. In fact if you look at my posts from early May you'll find a load more pictures from Trondheim.
And, nearly forgot to mention, the tower on the skyline, to the right, is the Tyholt Tower. Location of the most expensive beer I have found in Norway, so far. ;)
I honestly can't say enough good things about the staff at St Olavs. They're brilliant, pleasant, polite, warm, kind, etc.... But, above all damned good at their jobs. The hospital itself, which is a university hospital, has been greatly expanded in recent years, with a host of new buildings. The latest building project is the demolition of this block, from the 1950s, which is an architectural failure so I'm glad to see it go.
The thought did cross my mind though that it was amazing to see this building pulled down, when some old buildings on the site, from 1908 I think, are still looking good, and serving a useful purpose.
And, check out the arm reach on that demolition digger.. I'd love to play with that machine for a few hours. :)
"Overtime", I replied, "Been working 12 hour shifts for the last few months". I don't think she expected that answer, and she went on to explain that most folk with my condition don't get back to work for 6 months.
That made me feel a whole lot better about myself, and keener than ever to get back on the road to see more of Norway.
I've, as usual, written too much about very little, but the next few posts will be better, I promise, with a little touch into Sweden, and our visit to Røros which has the most amazing museum I have ever seen.
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