Sailing Long Distances


Visiting Stavanger in style has to be by water. The old city was built at the waterside and modern Stavanger is the heart of the Norwegian petrol industry. Huge modern vessels sailed back and forth to offshore platforms when we entered the wide harbor. A rig at the harbor entrance underlined the competence of the local oil companies. Modern architecture, huge buildings with shiny facades speak of money and wealth of the city, the nation. We moored in a small marina right in the middle of the center, next to an oil museum. It was built in the style of an oil-producing platform one can usually see on television when oil makes it into the evening news. Build on pillars, big round shaped cylinders, covered with steel, the museum shone silvery in the evening sun. Norway is a country of bridges too, one spans high above the water to link the traffic by road between two islands.
One of the first things I did, I turned on the radio in the hope to tune in a Jazz station. Only one was on air, a local radio most likely illegal. Later I read, the Norwegians switched off all VHF radio stations in favor of digital transmission. My beloved memories of Jazz broadcasts from Stavanger is history. It’s no surprise, it’s the walk of life. Out of curiosity I checked the events of the city and counted some Jazz- and Blues festivals, even a brass band competition. Speaking of music, I have to mention the modern concert hall. The Stavanger symphony orchestra is on stage, the 12 tenors and musicians like Bon Jovi or John Fogerty. Read More