In Stavanger and beyond
Hei Hei! We made our way to Stavanger on Thursday, taking a scenic route. We stopped in the North Sea, which was gorgeous! But quite cold. After our arrival at the hotel, we took a tour of the city and learned many fun stories about its history. We also got to take a private tour of the world’s only canning museum and learned about how sardines are made! It was a great tour. We went back to the hotel and had a very relaxed night, just hanging out in the lobby and bonding with the group. The next morning, we woke up and took a trip to the Petroleum Museum. There, we took a tour and learned about Norway’s oil history- we also got to watch a 3-D film about how petroleum is made, and we all looked really cool with our glasses on. After the film, we took a trip to Statoil Hydro to learn about the business. We took a tour of the plant and learned about alternative energies and problem solving. The building had some beautiful artwork and our presentations were very interesting. The rest of that afternoon was ours! We were free to walk around Stavanger and go shopping. During the evening, we all went out as a large group to a piano bar and had a great time, dancing, chatting, and listening to some great music. Saturday morning, we woke up and took the bus on a ferry to Pulpit Rock. We grabbed our packed lunches and headed up the trail for our app. 2 hour hike up to the rock. It was a steep climb, and many of us realized how out of shape we are! Or how little experience we have with climbing because of Nebraska’s flat terrain- hopefully the second one We all made it up to the top, where an incredible view awaited us. From the rock, we could see the fjord, mountains, trees, and just an absolutely beautiful landscape. It was incredibly windy, but many of us braved it and layed over the edge to get some great photographs.
We ate our lunch and headed down the trail. It was a very tiring, but incredible experience for all of us. After the climb, we loaded onto the bus and headed back to Kristiansand. We stopped for an incredible salmon dinner at the Maritime Hotel, and arrived back at Kristiansand around 8:00pm. We all relaxed, unpacked, and got ready for the night, where we went right next door to “The Spot” for another night of dancing and hanging out. We called it an early night to get ready for some National Day celebrations tomorrow! [written by Felicia]