Only the plates / Solo los platos

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

We feel like we’re home. We arrived in Bergen yesterday evening. Our train ride was mostly pleasant, although we were tired and I felt kind of crappy. But, it was supposed to be about an 8-hour ride, which we thought would be more pleasant than the airports and a short flight. However, our train only went as far as the city of Vos, 1-1/4 hours outside Bergen (due to works). We were then offloaded to a bus, dragging all our luggage, that made two stops along the way and took about 2 more hours. We weren’t thrilled. But we bumped into one of Jerry’s cousins on the train; she was on her way home briefly from her summer cabin and we’ll see her again in several days. As she put it, we were traveling deluxe (bless SG) and she was traveling cheap. However, we rode the bus together to Bergen. Our hotel, Scandic Neptun, is great. SG reserved a junior suite. We completely unpacked and he decided to take a refreshing shower. The cold water tap didn’t work. The manager apologized and we agreed that we’d go out to dinner and they would move us to another room. Wow! They moved us to the presidential suite and left us chocolates and beer as an additional apology. The view is priceless. I’m feeling significantly better today. Still tested Covid negative. And Grumpy is so nice to wake up next to. I nearly forgot. During our buffet breakfast this morning, the busboy came back and asked in Norwegian if he should clear our table. I thought he asked if he should take away the plates and I said “yes, please,” (all I could muster in Norwegian). He started to clear everything, so I said in english, “I’m sorry. Just the plates.” When he left I remembered, I think, how to say just the plates in Norwegian.


Nos sentimos como si estuviéramos en casa. Llegamos a Bergen ayer por la tarde. Nuestro viaje en tren fue mayormente placentero, aunque estábamos cansados ​​y me sentía un poco mal. Pero se suponía que sería un viaje de aproximadamente 8 horas, lo que pensamos que sería más agradable que el aeropuerto y un vuelo corto. Sin embargo, nuestro tren solo llegó hasta la ciudad de Vos, 1-1/4 horas fuera de Bergen (debido a obras). Luego nos bajaron a un autobús, arrastrando todo nuestro equipaje, que hizo dos paradas en el camino y tomó alrededor de 2 horas más. No estábamos emocionados. Pero nos topamos con uno de los primos de Jerry en el tren; ella estaba en camino a casa brevemente desde su cabaña de verano y la veremos de nuevo en varios días. Como ella dijo, viajábamos de lujo (bendito SG) y ella viajaba barato. Sin embargo, tomamos el autobús juntos a Bergen. Nuestro hotel, Scandic Neptun, es fantástico. SG reservó una suite junior. Desempacamos por completo y decidió tomar una ducha refrescante. El grifo de agua fría no funcionaba. El gerente se disculpó y acordamos que saldríamos a cenar y nos cambiarían a otra habitación. ¡Guau! Nos trasladaron a la suite presidencial y nos dejaron chocolates y cerveza como disculpa adicional. La vista no tiene precio. Me siento significativamente mejor hoy. Todavía probó Covid negativo. Y Gruñon es tan agradable para despertar a su lado. Casi olvido. Durante nuestro desayuno buffet esta mañana, el ayudante de camarero regresó y preguntó en noruego si debería limpiar nuestra mesa. Pensé que me preguntó si debía retirar los platos y dije “sí, por favor” (todo lo que pude reunir en noruego). Empezó a aclarar todo, así que le dije en inglés: “Lo siento. Solo los platos. Cuando se fue recordé, creo, cómo decir solo las platas en noruego.

• Delicious lunch on the train. Hot smoked pepper salmon.
• Delicioso almuerzo en el tren. Salmón picante ahumado con pimienta.
• Of course, San Geraldo had to add a waffle for himself.
• Por supuesto, San Geraldo tuvo que agregar un waffle para él.
• The view from our room (one night only, thankfully) in Oslo.
• La vista desde nuestra habitación (una sola noche, por suerte) en Oslo.
• The view from our room in Bergen (for 9 nights).
• La vista desde nuestra habitación en Bergen (por 9 noches).

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

25 thoughts on “Only the plates / Solo los platos”

    1. Debra:
      That nightshirt was a gift from Susan in Oregon. He loves it. He switches between that and the other she sent, Oscar the Grouch.

  1. Oh, I am so excited to follow this trip! I love seeing hotel pictures, too… presidential suite! I hope you get to stay there the whole 9 days? Thanks for sharing your adventures with us!

    1. Judy C:
      Yep, the whole 9 days. The terrace and view are amazing. Thanks for coming along with me always!

    1. Robin:
      Yesterday was a spectacularly sunny day. But we’re back to clouds and rain. The view changes everything.

  2. Yep…take the second view. And who would pass up the beer?!? I think I need to add Norway to my bucket list. I’ve always thought it was a very beautiful country.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      WE passed up the beer. Jerry hates it. We brought it to cousin Ellen. We adore Norway. If it weren’t for the weather, I’d move to Bergen in a heartbeat. A glorious city that feels like home to us. You would absolutely love it here. New Hope on steroids… and filled with Norwegians.

  3. Impressive vistas – but it looks damn cold! Well done on landing a presidential suite, to – that’ll make a nine-day stay even more pleasant… Jx

    1. Jon:
      We went over mountains along the train route. But the temps have been in the high teens. Very pleasant. Yesterday was so perfect, I went without a jacket all day. And, yes, the presidential suite sure makes things even better.

    1. Kirk:
      Hah! I promise to share a photo of THAT view. I held the camera above the wall. Nothing spectacular, but at least not a while one foot away!

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Last time we were up north in July, it snowed ON us. We’ll see what happens this year.

    1. Urspo:
      You would absolutely love it. Vikings. Trolls. Culture. History. And so much beauty.

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