May 18: Nidelva picnic, Bakklandet, and Bikes

On Friday, we hung around the house all day then took the bus down to the river for a picnic and walk for dinner. We at the park next to the river just below the cathedral, where the kids played on the playground and in the open space, and Nora threw rocks in the river, as Nora loves to do.

We continued our walk along the river to the Gamle Bybro (Old Town Bridge). I’ve been waiting to get Anders and his fancy camera to the Gamle Bybro, so here you have many iconic shots of Trondheim with fancy camera effects.

Continuing over the Gamle Bybro we come to the Bakklandet neighborhood, and old and beautiful street along the river. There we played a bit with the only bike lift in the world! It’s free, you push a button to get it going. A small metal plate comes out of the track to rest your foot on. As long as there is pressure on the plate, it continues up the hill. If you take your foot off, the plate retracts. Anders and some college students played with balancing on it, and we saw one person take it up. Here’s a little video of how it works.

We enjoyed the bike scene and stopped for hot chocolate and apple cake at an iconic cafe. Then took the path back down this side of the river back to get on the bus home. A beautiful evening.

Bonus track: Ted and I found an all-weather outdoor ping pong table in our neighborhood! There are different paths all over, so taking a small path through some trees brought us to another side of some open space that has a soccer field and tennis court, hiding this little gem. We just need some paddles and a ball!

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About Christy Anderson Brekken

In no particular order... Instructor and Researcher, Department of Applied Economics, Oregon State University. Educational background: University of MN Law School, 2005. MS in Ag and Resource Economics, Oregon State University, 2011. Teaches: Agricultural Law, Environmental Law. Mother: brilliant 9 year old boy; brilliant 6 year old girl with benign myoclonic epilepsy on a modified ketogenic diet therapy. Married to: Ted Brekken, OSU Department of Electrical Engineering. Ride: Xtra-cycle Edgerunner with kid seat; 400-pound cargo capacity. Grew up: Devils Lake, ND. Lived in: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Pohang, South Korea, Trondheim, Norway, Corvallis, OR. Interests: Cooking, knitting, eating, yoga, laughing, hiking, traveling, staying sane.
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