I have waxed lyrical about Bergen
several many times on here. And here we go again.
Remember Faded by (Bergen-based producer) Alan Walker? Well, then came the “acoustic version” of that track, documented here.
After that came the follow up, Alone. It featured here, not just because of the jaunty EDM beats within, but also because everyone was on their way to Bergen. Now, there’s an acoustic version of Alone, too.
It’s called Alone (Restrung):
Once again, there is a mad rush with everyone trying to get to Bergen, but this time there’s a FPV shot of some of those individuals (having arrived bang on time, I’ll bet) leaving the local railway station.
And that’s significant in that there’s one of those round, poster billboard things (they must have a real name, but I don’t know what it is) in shot across the road.
That round, poster billboard things is the very one that my partner in crime and I – fuelled by expensive beer, cocktails and whale meat – may have liberated an a-ha concert poster from on our final night in the city.
You’ll want to run through to 2:29 to see it. Or you could just look at this helpfully annotated screenshot below:
Oh, the memories! Such a carefree time of alleged poster borrowing and general liberty. (Sadly, we were cruelly reminded of the crushing reality of our return to South Africa the following morning when we passed a beagle while walking down Kaigaten moments later, but that’s beside the point.)
…if you want to end up going to Norway.
Herewith the latest from Bergen’s Alan Walker (you may remember him from such posts as Faded Restrung), Alone:
A message sent from Alan’s laptop attracts “Walkers” from all over the world to Norway, where they gather on a hillside just to the south of Bergen city centre (you’ll have noted the Brann Stadion as the video begins).
What happens next is unclear, but what we do know is that there’s some amazing Norwegian scenery involved, backed up with an uncomplicated but catchy tune, and no small degree of positivity in the song’s message.
I was wandering through Instagram yesterday evening, waiting for the rest of my family to return from a rest of my family outing. It didn’t take long before I found this breathtaking image on the VisitBergen timeline:
What a view.
I was transported back to May and those halcyon few days that we spent exploring that little bit of the west coast of Norway.
Sadly, this was merely bittersweet, pseudo-escapism though, as I was brought firmly back to the dark reality of the Cape Town evening by the beagle farting as it wandered past me and into the kitchen in search of food.
The trouble is, as I remarked beneath this vaguely similar (i.e. of some fjords near Bergen) photo:
I desperately want to go back, but equally, I desperately don’t: there’s simply no way that a return visit could ever be so perfect.
But the need to see more of Scandinavia is real.
I’m even beginning to consider adding an Iceland2017 category to the blog…
I’m missing Bergen.
Somewhat inexplicable? Possibly.
A bit disconcerting? Certainly.
Time to revisit it in the form of photography, then.
And while Norway has an amazing amount of outstanding natural beauty, a lot of which I photographed to death, this distinctly urban scene, ‘togged from the top of Mount Fløyen is one of my favourites from our visit.
OK, so it may not look like much here, but you should see it full screen on black.
You really should.
(i.e. please do)
You know, I rather fancy that we are.
It’s taken a while, but it does seem that the photos from my Bergen/Sheffield trip are up on Flickr. There are a few from the actual concert (mainly taken by Mrs 6000’s S6 because I was was otherwise engrossed), a few more from the trip along the fjords, and one or two additional images of beautiful Bergen.
And then a few of Sheffield as well, perhaps without the drama of Norway, but where spring was springing and there were still decent shots to be had.
This one is one of those best viewed bigger and on black.
There are individual sets for each bit of the trip, but you can have a general look see on the May 2016 trip collection page on Flickr and go from there.