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The Land of Fjords ~ Norway

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So I landed in Oslo, Norway....

The first thing that struck me is the fact that the airport is about the size of South Bend! If your not familar with SB...it's TINY. As we were getting ready to land, I realized that I had chosen my seat poorly. You see, on RyanAir there are no assigned seats and I thought that I needed to sleep so chose a windowless seat. It worked out great as I slept like a baby on the plane but as we were flying low over the Fjords getting ready to land, I realized that I was not able to see the beauty that was floating below me. Sad....

It's cold here. Yep, it is. No....really, I mean it...it's cold! It's a good thing that the sun is shining or I think I would freeze in place. I guess it really isn't that bad. Walking around Oslo today my nose and ears felt as though I were going to suffer from frostbite. I think I stopped about 20 times for coffee just to warm up. I'm goin gto have to find a better way to get warm as a cup of coffee here is about 25 Krone = $4.22 usd !!

Let's back up to yesterday. I was watching the scenery on the bus (in between naps) from the airport into Oslo and my first thoughts were that it looks a lot like what I would think that Alaska would look like. Hills covered in snow with rock walls along the roads, small and large farm-houses dotted across the countryside. It seemed very remote. It took about an hour and 45 minutes to get into town from the airport. Somehow, I thought that I read somewhere that it was only 45 minutes away...oh well, better make certain that I give myself plenty of time to get back to the airport on Sunday. No time to worry about that right now...

We passed my boat/hostel on the bus on the way to Central Station. I tried as hard as I could to keep the direction in my mind but with all the turning and such, by the time we got to CS, I could not for the life of me figure out which way to the boat! I knew that I was close and I should have simply asked but I was stuborn (and tired) and just grabbed a taxi outside the station. Of course, my taxi driver didn't speak any English so I was trying to explain in child-speak where I wanted to go. All I really would have had to say was...take me across the street! Literally! The boat/hostel was RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET!!! Ok, I am not going to beat myself up over the amount paid to get across the street...and I'm not telling you how much either! Lesson learned, but I was tired and at that moment, the cost was well worth it.

After I got checked in, I headed out to get something to eat. I realized that other than a croissant at the airport, I hadn't eaten since about midnight.... Where did I go? To Central Station! There is always food at the station and it was close. I don't know if it was because I was tired or starving but the Turkish Kabob that I had was quite tasty.

There is a wonder view from the MS Innvik (the boat/hostel/theater) where I am staying. I am right on the water and right across from me is the Opera House as well as the Castle. At night, they are both lit up and simply beautiful. Hope to get some pictures tonight to share.

Today, I wandered around lost for most of the day (starting to be a theme for my travels). I think I got a good lay-out of the city. Figured out the Metro. I saw the Royal Palace and wasn't all impressed. The people here are friendly, but not overly outgoing with strangers. I walked the boardwalk at Aker Bridge and had lunch at a place called Albertine Cafe and Bar. I enjoyed a bowl of fish soup full of fish, clams and shrimp. Very tasty. Oh...side note: The bread here is wonderful!!

I'm back at the boat now for some warming up. Enjoying some hot coffee (free) and internet. This evening, I am going to climb to the top of the Opera house for (hopefully) some great photo op's. Then a totally non-touristy activity...I am going to the theater to see Shutter Island. I have been wanting to see it since I saw it advertised way back in October before I left the states and it's playing at the theater here. It's supposed to be in English with Norwegian sub-titles (we'll see).

Tomorrow I am planning to be a complete tourist! Going to take a tour...yes, me...taking a tour! Planning to visit Vigeland Sculpture Park, Holmenkollen & Viking Ship Museum.

Posted by Khandilee 07:36 Archived in Norway

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I am incredibly jealous....suuuppperr expensive place thought right? Isn't a beer like 10 bucks???

Glad you're having fun

by msmitheman

Enjoy your tourist day, and the movie! Mike and I saw it, and I really liked it! ...it could/should have been an hour shorter though to make it move a little faster. Sending love,
Kim

by Kim

do what I did....sleep through the first hour and then it gets really good! ;-)

by msmitheman

JEEEEAAALLLLOOOUUSSS !!!! Have FUN for me. No trip is complete unless you got to experience a side adventure !!! Which can at time prove to be the best part of a day!!

by tpost

@ Mike: I am trying not to do the conversions so I don't have to think about how expensive it is! How could you sleep through the first hour of the movie? I thought it was awesome!

@ Kim The length wouldn't have bothered me if I didn't have to pee about half way through! Love ya...

@ Teresa, The side adventures are sometimes the BEST ;o)

by Khandilee

Oh...pics to come soon. I am having trouble uploading them.

by Khandilee

God.....I am so darn jealous!!! But, I am glad you are getting to experience all this. Have fun and be safe!

by sharon mclaughlin

It's a bummer I wasn't in town the days you were here! Hope you had a great time seeing Oslo :) The airport Ryanair uses isn't Oslo's main one by the way, and it certainly is tiny, hehe!!

by Sam I Am

@ Sam I'll give you a chance to make it up to me when I come back for warmer weather! I am planning to come back through Oslo this summer then hit some of the smaller coastal towns....

by Khandilee

@Khandilee sounds good!! Norway in the summer is pretty awesome with 20 hours of light :)

by Sam I Am

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