5 Jul
2015

07.03.15 Vinstra Norway

Scott and Bracken waiting to leave Oslo.

Scott and Bracken waiting to leave Oslo.

On the bus to Vinstra.

On the bus to Vinstra.

My room in Vinstra - neat!

My room in Vinstra – neat!

Hot dog with a lefse wrap - called a  lompe. It's a Norwegian thing, and I like it!

Hot dog with a lefse wrap – called a lompe. It’s a Norwegian thing, and I like it!

Festival audience.

Festival audience.

The view from the Fefor Hotel dining room.

The view from the Fefor Hotel dining room..

Supper in the hotel dining room.

Supper in the hotel dining room.

*Just a note: I’m writing these all from my iPhone. besides the challenge of not having a real keyboard for typing, I have to constantly change the orientation of the phone depending on what I’m trying to do. So that’s why there is some weirdness here and there, like the order of the photos. It’s much easier with a mouse.

on Friday we headed back to the train station and went northward through the Norse countryside. In Lillehammer they put us off the train and we had to board a bus. The instructions were in Norwegian so we weren’t exactly sure what was happening. Later we found out that the tracks were being serviced and they couldn’t get a train through to our destination in Vinstra.

In Oslo we had been warned: the festival crowd up in Vinstra was an intense and rowdy one. They like to party. I was seated next to a nice young lady named Trina on the bus. She told me she was headed to the festival for the second time. I asked her who she liked seeing last year and she told me she couldn’t remember last year.

The Country Festival  is located in the town of bVinstra.  The town is in a valley surrounded by picturesque mountains. Through the middle of everything rages a very large and flooded river.

Before going to the festival we went way up the mountain to our hotel.  Our hotel was called The Fefor (something or other).  It is a log-built lodge structure  that has existed since the 1800s.  It’s a part of a huge hotel complex that just goes on and on seemingly in every direction.  It was a bit creepy, Scott compared to the hotel in The Shining.

We went back to the festival where they had some interesting food and drinks for us. We performed on the stage on a kind of a Midway.  The audience was interesting to say the least.  People dressed up as cowboys and Indians, mini without wearing shirts.  The show went very well.  We watched John Michael Montgomery do his show on the large stage and then we went back up the mountain.

For supper all of us Derailers ate in the hotel and it was excellent.  The view from the hotel dining room was really quite remarkable.

Later on I was relaxing in my room with the windows open.  I kept hearing a ringing bell sound.  I got up to look out the window to see three goats running by being chased by none other than Scott Matthews himself.  I never heard how that ended up exactly and I suppose that’s for the best.  Tomorrow will perform on the large stage.

 

Have good times,

Basil