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Page 223 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1

Moir, Ethel, 1916, Document
Page 223 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 223 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 223 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
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Page 223 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
all round the town, hauling our bundles along with us!, we found quarters in a hovel called "Smoley's Hotel" - "some" Hotel that I can tell you - such a filthy, damp, smelly cubby hole; I've seldom seen one to equal it! In consequence we spent a decidedly cold & miserable night. We expect to be here for a couple of days. No passenger boats are running, but we hope to get aboard a cargo boat - being still classed as "Troops", & not as civilians or "women & children", we will be allowed one of the first chances & hope to get off soon.
Bergen is a quaint, old sea-port town, magnificantly [magnificently] situated, smothered in between gigantic hills. It is a most interesting place, a town of historic memories. Old churches, that can look back six, seven & some even eight hundred years, still stand as witnesses of the past. Round the Bay, in the narrow streets & on the wide commons, work is going on in it's [its] busiest forms & the Bergen Fish market is always full of fresh interest, here one sees the bright, happy spirit of the Norwegian fisher people. Bergen is quite cosmopolitan & large numbers of foreign ships gather in her famous harbour, when the amount of traffic all the year round is quite imposing!
Well - this will probably be my last letter fr. "foreign shores". Adieu!/
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