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    Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

    Love your new spotter-car, Sterkoder...
    Yeah...., moveing between spotter-places as fast as I'm doing, I figured I needed a safe car (mowhahahahahaha)

    But I must say I like that picture a lot...
    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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      Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

      Many of the recent additions from Cecilia are absolutely brilliant. It's almost that I get that "I was there"-feeling for real.
      Now we're awaiting the cliffhanger: will she make it to Bergen in time?

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        Bergen!

        I’d enjoyed the exhilarating night walk around to the Scandic Hotel in Ålesund despite the rain. (Most of the hotels nearer the quay seemed to be booked up at the time I made my arrangements, and the Scandic across the harbour is only close “as the crow flies”). On arrival I found I had been upgraded to a suite! Now if I had been intending a relaxing evening in bed watching TV, that might not have seemed an advantage at all for bed and TV were in separate rooms and as far apart as could possibly be. It was an old TV set too…isn’t it extraordinary how quickly we have become accustomed to flat screens, to the extent that encountering an old CRT box in a hotel seems sufficiently unusual to warrant mentioning! But who needs a TV when one has views like this. I was able to watch as Nordstjernen left, disappearing into the darkness.

        Next morning before breakfast I lay in bed watching the comings and goings of HSCs from my shipspotters’ heaven!







        The flight from Vigra to Bergen wasn’t until eleven. But I needn’t have doubted I’d miss hurtigrute arrival time into Bergen, Everything happened as smooth as clockwork…arrive Flesland…straight onto the flybuss which promptly departed…checked into hotel… wandered along and soon comfortably settled at Cafe Kippers with a bowl of fish soup and deliciously fresh bread…and Nordstjernen was still some considerable distance away, on the route which would pass the Nordhordland Bridge on the way into Bergen.

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          At around 14:30, concentrating on Nordstjernen’s progress on AIS, I was almost taken by surprise when I realised that Finnmarken was on the move. Oh how wonderful…she’s going to meet Nordstjernen! That was already rather an emotional moment.

          I could of course have gone to the tip of Nordnes to view the proceedings, but that would have ruled out my plan to walk to the Hurtigruten Terminal once she’d docked –this is not quite Sterkoder-speed spotter-place relocation! So I stayed at the café to get my first view of her, whilst Ralf and Carina and no doubt many more of you were following it all on the Fløyen webcam!

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            “This itself justifies my complicated wanderings” I thought, and there was a kind of contentment in the mood and light that grey afternoon as she came into view.

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              New and Old together!

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                  And so Nordstjernen arrived at the quay and I waited to catch the spray of the water salute against the darker hillside before I set off.

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                    I paused a moment to take a view looking across from Nordre Nøstekaien. The configuration of surrounding buildings seemed to concentrate the sound of the band, and people scurried to see what was happening.

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                      At the hurtigrute terminal:-





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                          After the band finished playing, I headed round and into the building and up to the terrace, pausing on the way to say goodbye to some fellow passengers from my two days aboard the ship.




                          Some passengers were still disembarking, saying their farewells, captain and crew were being interviewed….

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                            …while others looked on.

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                                Gradually folk dispersed as did the sights and sounds of celebration, and the quay began to assume its everyday working appearance. I took a last couple of photos, before leaving the terminal, and wandering off.

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