Bergen is the second biggest city in Norway. In its privileged position between the sea and the mountains, it’s famous for the seven mountains which surround it, for the Hanseatic Bryggen pier, its fish market…
But, what’s an Asturian like me, an extreme sports and expedition enthusiast, doing here? That’s the question many people ask when I share images of this picturesque Norwegian area on social networks.
The answer my friends is very simple: I need the money. Without money I can’t pay for my expeditions, and that’s why I have to go and live in Bergen for four or five months. I work in the fish market selling salmon and king crab and if I get the chance, I take work in hotels, restaurants and bars.
Even though I work between 15 and 17 hours per day, living frugally and spending only what I need to in order to survive, I don’t forget my training routine: in my free time I go running or I go for quick walks to take advantage of the abrupt up-and-down topography that the mountains around Bergen have to offer.
While I’m there, I count off the days I have left before my return to Spain, to my birthplace in Asturias, where I will begin preparing for my next venture.