Norway Day 3: Tvindefossen to Gudvangen

The next leg of our journey took us from the waterfalls at Tvidnefossen to Gudvangen, where we were catching a 6pm ferry for a 2.5 hours tour up the Næroyfjord. It was approximately 50 min from Voss to Gudvangen and Voss is again, maybe 15 min or so outside Voss. So it wasn’t a far drive to our destination – … Continue Reading →


Florida – Boma and Old Town Kissimmee

Here post 1 of our Florida vacation. It started out good, but kind of went downhill due to health issues. But let’s focus on the positive, shall we? We started out flying over the Chesapeake, which I always like. Here’s Kent Island and the Bay Bridge: Annapolis. The Naval Academy Stadium is at top right. We had dinner reservations at … Continue Reading →


Norway Day 3: Tvindefossen

And so we came to Tvindefossen, a gorgeous waterfall about 15-20 minutes north of Voss. With people for scale: Here’s the map of our drive:


What I’ve Been Up To – July, Part 1

I’m way behind on pretty much everything, but here are some July pics, because I have to start somewhere! With Amber and Jody – two smart and awesome ladies who also work on JWST! We had lunch to talk about outreach stuff! My friend Unni sent me a care package from Norway and it had this nice, mild brunost (brown … Continue Reading →


Stop Dragging My Heart Around

My friend Joe and I did this quick cover of the Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty song “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” a couple months ago. I finally uploaded it. And I realized I never posted it here! We learned it and did a quick recording all in the same day, so it’s not super polished. But it was fun!


Norway Day 3: Driving to Tvindefossen

Midafternoon on Day 3 of our trip, we headed off towards Sognesfjord in our rental car! We had considered a number of different alternatives to see some of the fjords in this area (which includes Hardanger Fjord and the slightly further north Sognes Fjord. We looked into the Norway in a Nutshell tour to Hardanger Fjord – but we were … Continue Reading →


Norway Day 3: Mount Fløyen

On our next day in Bergen, we checked out the funicular – Fløyibanen to Mount Fløyen. We had a fairly rare non-rainy day. We really lucked out since the forecast had not been great for Bergen. (Predictably.) Mount Fløyen has a gorgeous view and there are all sorts of hiking trails up there, but go by 9am – the lines get … Continue Reading →


Norway Day 2: Bergen

When we got off our train from Oslo, we debated lugging our bags to the hotel on foot or taking a taxi. We decided to walk it so we could see a little of the town of Bergen as we went. Here is some scenery! And here we have the famous Brygge! (Bryggen, by the way, means the brygge, since … Continue Reading →


Norway Day 2: Bergensbanen

On the second full day of our Norway trip, we took a 3:30 train from Oslo to Bergen. The Bergensbanen is one of the most famous and beautiful train lines in the world.   It’s about 6 hours – and cheap if you buy your tickets through NSB, I don’t recommend buying them through Eurorail which is the first google link … Continue Reading →


Abbey Road on the River 2015

I never really got around to posting these, so here was AROTR 2015. It was an odd year. My Norwegian friends weren’t there, and one of the Dutch guys, who is in this amazing group that does a lot of 3 part harmony CSNY/Eagles type stuff, had issues with immigration. It sucked. I felt terribly for him, and everyone was … Continue Reading →


Norway Day 2: Breakfast and Museums

I forgot to mention in the last blog, that my friend Håvard owns a Rema 1000 grocery store – he gave us a bag of Norwegian food, which was fun and also really useful for our later road trips! Monday morning we met my friend Karin at Starbucks for a late breakfast. Karin has a YouTube channel for teaching Norwegian … Continue Reading →


Norway Day 1: More Oslo

After Akershus, we headed up to the Slott, the Royal Palace. This is pronounced “schlott” because “sl” in Norwegian is a “sh” sound – you’ll also see Slottet (pronounced schlotta), which is “the castle” in Norwegian. We walked up Karl Johanes Gate where we saw Stortinget (storinga), the Norwegian Parliament. There were french pay toilets in this park – not … Continue Reading →


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