I Love Oslo

I expected colourful houses, beautiful people, a sun-drenched marina and lots of water, oh, and to prove the naysayers wrong and track down some tasty cheap booze and food. I was ready to face the affording Oslo challenge.

  • In the Nobel Peace Centre I learnt about the plight of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
  • In the Miniature Bottle Museum I saw thousands of cool little bottles, got trapped in a vodka bottle and admired one man’s obsession.
  • On the boat I learned what exactly a fjord is and how cunning Osloborgers jumped on the trend of building the colourful houses and made themselves a quick million in the process.
  • On Akker Brygge I realised just how crazy London is in the rest of the world – where were all the people?
  • In Grunnerlokka I found that all the other blogs were right; booze is hard to come by in Oslo.
  • At the doors of the Edvard Munch Gallery I learn it’s not open after 6 on a Friday, or all day on a Monday.
  • After 2 hours in the Armed Forces Museum I reeducated myself on World War II history.
  • Once the bill for two burritos and three beers came I realised Oslo is expensive, and there’s pretty much no getting away from it.
  • You can walk on the roof of the Oslo Opera House!
  • I also learnt just how beautiful Oslo is.
  • I love Oslo.
  • How friendly the people are.
  • How clean, welcoming and lush the city is.
  • How much I would genuinely love to live there – and I’ve only every said that about two cities, NYC and London.

The beautiful Oslo Fjords

I went to Oslo on the first weekend of May, it was cold, freezing in the evenings in fact, but with all the sheepskin chair covers and blankets available outside all the eateries we were fine.

We stayed at the Anker Hotel. It was in an incredible spot in the middle of cool, trendy Grunnerlokka and the city centre. When we were feeling lazy there was a tram out the front, but it was an easy walk down to the Akker Brygge Marina.

I love Oslo

With the 72-hour Oslo pass it was easy to see some cool museums and gave us a purpose to each day, rather that whiling it away watching the locals.

The junk shops of Grunnerlokka were a definite highlight. I couldn’t buy anything thanks to Ryanair’s 10kg rule, but it was fun to look around and to see the treasures that could be had.

Eating at D/S Louise on the marina front of Akker Brygge also stands out as a beautiful memory for me, but where was everyone? The waitress said it wasn’t as busy as usual, but it was hard to imagine all the hundreds of restaurants and bars full. I chose salted herring with new potatoes, Waiel chose traditional Norwegian stew – he won, big time. Mine was tasty, but not the warming satisfying bowl of delight that he had.

It was only on the last day when we took a tram ride up to Vigeland Sculpture Park on the edge of the city that we realised how big Oslo actually is. I’d love to go back and spend more time there, when I’ve won the lottery.

Everyone looked happy is Oslo.

I didn’t notice any angry people on the trams, the shop assistants were friendly, bar staff came and offered us blankets, museum assistants let us in when they weren’t open yet. I never heard anyone raise their voice and there was no shouting at the kids to do this, do that.

I love Oslo and although it did bankrupt me for the rest of the month, I’d recommend anyone to go there.

*Balls and Boobs Alert* Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo
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