Talk about a spectacular welcome to the IFPE, we were invited to the city by the municipality by having a special rececption in Håkon’s Hall – the King’s banqueting hall. It was strikingly beautiful. It was hard to attune to conversations at times as I was so struck by the grander of the place. Built in 1261 (!!!), it was built to celebrate the marriage of Magnus Håkonsson Lagabøte and Danish princess Ingeborg. Apparently, they had a raging party for days, and I feel like the medieval walls still reverberate with many centuries of celebrations, secrets, and ceremonies.
Once more, I don’t have much more to say, so I will leave you with a bunch of pictures I took of Håkoven’s hall and the Bergen warf at night.