Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 11 - Back in Bergen

In the morning we went to the Museum of the the Hanseatic League. The Hanseatic League was a powerful German trading company in the middle ages that was centered in the "Hanse" cities Bremen, Luebeck, Rostock and Hamburg. These cities basically controlled the European trade. Bergen was a trading partner of the Hanseatic League, bartering dried fish and fish oil for grain and other necessities of the rough life in northern Europe. This system existed for around 400 years, and only came to an end towards the end of the 18th century, when countries became more powerful, and were able to take better control of trade themselves. The Museum of the Hanseatic League in Bergen is located in the Bryggen (wharf) area, and the singers went on a tour of two old trading houses.

The choir then split into groups, some proceeding to the local mall for clothes shopping, some to tourist shopping, others to museums. We were again very lucky with the weather, and it was a pleasure just to walk around in the beautiful city of Bergen. This was a day at the singer's disposal, and they all had a lot of fun.

Tomorrow we'll be heading back to the US. The singers will have to get up at 3am, as the bus leaves for the airport at 4am.

We've had a great tour of Norway! Hopefully this blog has helped with keeping in touch. Thank you very much for your support, and we'll see y'all back home again.