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Oslo After-thoughts

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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!

Posted by Khandilee 08:58 Archived in Norway Comments (2)

You must rejoice in life....

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...every single day, Do not wait until it is past until discovering that it was good! Do not place your happiness in the days to come. The older we get, the more we feel that the enjoyment of the moment is a state of grace, a Golden Gift. Marie Curie

I found this quote on a postcard today and it sums up my feelings totally.

It's been a good trip to Oslo. Had a good time on the MS Innvik last night. Enjoyed a couple of beers with some locals and non-locals. I did call it an early night though as the headaches are horrid. I think it's the cold, or maybe I am trying to come down with something but everytime I step out side, my head begins to throb.

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Yesterday (day 2), I put off leaving in the morning watching the fog roll off the bay. CIMG3284.jpgWhen I finally headed out, I wandered around town and browsed in the shops and stores a bit. I made my way out to Vigeland sculpture park and took my time exploring and pondering on the statues. There was a brief moment that tears came to my eyes....I'm not certain why, but the sculptures are very moving. The vision of the human connection was very powerful for me. I managed to get a few photos before my battery died:

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I found a great little bakery and enjoyed a wonderful apple/walnut muffin mid-day. It's important in Oslo in March to take frequent breaks for coffee to warm yourself up. At least, that's my excuse!

I was determined to spend some money and did a little more shopping in the shops. Unfortunately, I came out empty handed. Perhaps this is actually fortunate!

I enjoyed great conversation and a couple of overpriced beers (along with a salad) at a cute local bar, The Broker. I am horrible and can't for the life of me remember the name of the man I was chatting with....

Today (day 3)

I enjoyed breakfast conversation with a Belgian. He had lots of advice for exploring Norway (in warmer weather). He lives part time here in Oslo and the other part in Brussels. A trucker by trade and like the rest of those that I have met during this trip, very friendly.

I wandered around a bit more, actually hoping to do some shopping since I was unsuccessful yesterday....only to find out that it's the same in Norway as it is in Germany....EVERYTHING is closed on Sundays! So, I just meandered around until I was too cold and found my way back to the MS Innvik for some internet time. I did manage to find the little bakery from yesterday for another muffin!

I think I am Oslo (ed) out for now....

PS: Additional pics in the gallery.

Posted by Khandilee 05:10 Archived in Norway Comments (1)

Day One Oslo Pictures

Check out my public album for pics of Day one. Sorry, I am tired and not going to go back and put them into the blog....

https://www.travellerspoint.com/gallery/users/khandilee/countries/Norway/

Gnite all....

Posted by Khandilee 15:19 Archived in Norway Comments (0)

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 Comments (10)

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