Yesterday we had the concert in Stockholm, which went well, and we boarded the busses for Norway immediately after. We got to the hotel just in time for the continental breakfast (which was actually quite good), and then all took naps. Riding the bus is the most efficient mode of transportation for our large group (no one wants to deal with the hassle of air travel, luggage, security, etc), but it’s nearly impossible to get a good night’s rest on the bus. Especially in this case, since we traveled on dirt and gravel roads for much of the trip between Sweden and Norway.
The drive from the hotel to the venue was beautiful. We passed by a huge lake (maybe a fjord?) and parked inside the venue. The hall is cavernous and the sound quality reflected that fact. Tonight’s concert in Hamar was initially challenging, as it was clear that everyone was tired. Stevie decided to perform “Norwegian Wood” by the Beatles, and also jumped on the bass and drums towards the end of the show. All of became energized somewhere around the middle of the show. After the show, we came back to the hotel, sat in the lobby with the lovely fireplace and chatted before heading our separate ways for the night.