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2014 Apr - Bergen, Norway

The photos taken during training will be posted here in due course but for now, here are a selection of images taken during the weekend's social events. They start with sea food and end with sea food and are punctuated by ... yes, more sea food. The hospitality extended by our hosts was outstanding and in addition to organised tours and activities, we were treated to some of the finest sea food any of us had ever eaten starting with a sushi dinner in downtown Bergen after training on Friday:

After training and a quick shower on Saturday afternoon we were given a private tour of Håkonshallen  or, in English, Haakon's Hall; built over 750 years ago for the sole purpose of partying, Norse style or so the guide, a local academic and historian assured us. For more about the interesting history of the Hall and its surroundings see the website.

From Haakon's Hall it was a quick 30 minute ride by ferry to one of the best (sea food!) restaurants in Europe.

Some of our hosts joined us on the upper deck ...

... as we headed across the inshore waters to the 'Restaurant Cornelius'

The following morning Kjartan collected us from the hotel and we headed out of Bergen to a one of many tiny harbours that dot the coast. There, Jim met us in his father, Olaf's boat and we headed out among the skerries for some fishing. Sensei Swift, Mick and James all hauled in respectable catches and Piers caught his first fish since 1993, yes, just the one ... but it was a big one, huge even. James also helped bring in the crab pots. All were kept alive until we arrived at Olaf's little fishing 'shack' where the catch was thrown into the keeping tanks and nets ready for eating another day. The 'shack' started as just that but over the generations Jim's family have worked incredibly hard to extend it to it's present state. Everything has been brought in by boat and and built by Jim, Olaf and friends. The weather could not have been better and was, in fact, extraordinarily warm and sunny for the region. The remainder of the images speak for themselves: