As with all eagerly-anticipated events, my daughter’s visit is going much too quickly. We haven’t done that much:
1. Relax, talk, enjoy each others company.
This is Abby’s third visit to Norway; the first two were during the summer months. We explored a bit of the Bergen and surrounding areas her first time here in 2009 (photos of that are in the works for a future post), and we took a trip up the Sognefjord to Sogndal in 2010.
Since we’ve done some exploring in the area before, it’s been wonderful to just be together and reconnect this time without feeling as if we need to “go – go – go” to see everything possible.
Abby has been in Okinawa for the past three years (and is on her way back to the States for her next military assignment), and during her winter visit this time she’s enjoying the lack of humidity in the air, the changing fjord waters below us as the fish under and winds above create their own mosaics on the surface, and the little bit of snow falling from the sky.
She’s enjoying playing with MacKenzie … who, the first night Abby was here, managed to sneak over to where we were enjoying our little treat (she’s usually not allowed near our food, and of course was glad that Abby seemed to have forgotten that).
And, she’s been cooking for us! Yum!!
But we decided we needed to do *something* touristy, so yesterday we drove into Bergen for the afternoon. We stopped at the Global Market to pick up ingredients for Saturday’s meal (Abby is making her special Red Thai Curry), and then took the funicular up Fløyen – windy, cold, and icy, so we didn’t explore very far (more photos from previous visits are here).
After coming down the mountain, we had a light early dinner at Jan’s and my favorite Tapas restaurant, and then walked around Bryggen for a few moments.
Afterwards we took Abby to meet the newest addition to our blended family, our 8-week old grandson.
In spite of the windy cold, it was a warm day of family and love. In other words: perfect!