05.03.2010 - 07.03.2010
There are several things that I had thought about during my Oslo trip and I forgot to put them into the blog. Here are just a few thoughts and observations from my 3 days in Oslo.
- I think the children are born with ski's on their feet. It seemed that those old enough to walk were either carrying ski's or their parents were carrying them for them. I saw a few of them skiing at the Vigeland Sculpture park and many more on the Metro and trams.
- There were an inordinate amount of people with disabilities. ie Blind, deaf, and downs syndrome. No one looked at them differently and they blended well with the general populous. Many of them (not the blind) were carrying skis!
- The Norwegians are beautiful people. Not super skinny (like some European cultures). Just beautiful....
- The is nothing that I found that was 'typical' Norwegian food.....maybe someone could enlighten me?
- The beer in Oslo isn't near as good as it is in Prague! And it isn't near as cheap!
- Oslo is very much a multi-cultural city. Oddly enough, was the number of Haitians that I observed.
- There is a large homeless population. This surprised me due to the extremity of the weather. I was told by Phillip (truck driver at the hotel), that there is a huge Heroin problem in Oslo. The only thing I could find with a quick google search was from 2002
- There is no fear of kidnapping in Oslo! I saw babies outside bakeries, alone down an isle in the store and a multitude of other places with mom and dad off doing their business. Scary! I am not the only one to have noticed this; see HERE
- No one except me looked cold!!
Last thought....I can't wait to get back to Norway in the summer and explore some of the smaller towns and the coast!