This was my first time to a Bermuda Party (being my first Olympiad I have attended) & I must admit to being underwhelmed by the experience. Essentially the party was held in a nightclub, with a DJ playing largely dance/house music upstairs (which turned out to be so crowded that later in the evening people were left to wait outside as the area was filled to capacity). Although I stayed here for a bit over an hour & said hi to a few people, it seemed to be mostly people standing around drinking & trying to talk over the music, with a few people dancing near the front of the room. Later I moved to the downstairs area, which also had a bar, but plenty of chairs & lounges to sit at & did not have the thumping dance music of upstairs. I spent the remainder of my evening in this area & chatted with most of the Australians & New Zealanders who were there (which was good as I have had very little chance to catch up with them at the chess, somewhat surprisingly).
Anyway, I did attempt to take a few photos, but bear in mind that it was rather dark ...
This left the rest day, although the usual bus schedule was still in place. I decided not to set an alarm today, so when I woke up just before 10am, I had to have a reasonably quick shower to make the 10:30 bus, or else be stuck in Malangen Brygger for the whole day!
Once in Tromso, I grabbed lunch from the usual hotel before heading for a walk around the town.
There's quite a few statues of various famous Norwegian people around the town ...
Helmer Hanssen, Norwegian explorer
Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer
Ludwig Mack, founder of the Mack Brewery, where the tournament is being played
Ingvald Jaklin, Norwegian politician who was also major of Tromso on a number of occasions
Adolf Thomsen, Norwegian composer
From there I walked across the Tromso Bridge towards the Arctic Cathedral, which is an amazing looking building.
Looking south from the top of Tromso Bridge
Looking north from Tromso Bridge, back towards the chess arena
A view of the Arctic Cathedral from Tromso Bridge
Tromso Bridge from the Arctic Cathedral
Front of the Arctic Cathedral
Next on the trip was the cable car not far from the Church, although as I left the church, a thunderstorm hit Tromso, which made for a walk in the rain, as well as some interesting photos from Mount Storsteinen, which overlooks the city.
The café at the top of the cable car ride
The chess arena, from the top of the mountain
The non-view when the fog rolls in ...
Compared to the view once it passes
Cable car at the top of the mountain
The other side of the cable, with city below
Heading back down, above the fog
On the way down the mountain
Heading down the mountain
Heading down the mountain
Another view of houses on the mountainside
After a bus trip back to the main city (after all it was raining by then), I took a few more photos before finally heading home for the evening
Inside the Nerstranda Shopping Centre in the middle of Tromso
Back to work tomorrow, so more chess photos & less tourist photos next time!