Archive for November, 2010

back in the cph.

So I have returned home to a partly white Copenhagen, but nowhere near as impressive as Oslo. Of course, when I came home, I had a nutritious dinner of mi goreng and Daim bar, and proceeded to fall asleep in bed with the laptop on.

I had a really good time visiting Oslo and Bergen. It was a good time away and I really feel like I saw everything that there was to see in both cities. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t love to go back again at some point. :) I actually find that I really like Norway. The people there seem much friendlier than Danes (like the guy on the bus who asked us whether we were ok to find our stop after watching us read the map for a fairly long time, or the random people that we asked directions from… all super nice!), and their language is definitely prettier, so much so that it sounds like they’re singing! Sure it was rather cold, but acclimatising is good at the moment. But there was something in particular about Oslo… I don’t know what it was but I really love that city. :))

A shout out to Ben is in order I guess, without whom I probably would never have gone in the first place. (I’m not even sure if he’ll read this… lol.) Thanks for putting up with me… although I guess you should thank me for putting up with you! :P But seriously, thanks for showing me around Oslo and all that, and generally organising things most days, and making decisions, because I’m bad and indecisive! :) Oh, and thanks for iTouch, so that I could while away the time in the way too early Norwegian darkness. Maybe we had a few mishaps, or at least, one major one, but that’s ok, things like that happen, and we learn. :) Lol. Now I just need to calculate how much you owe me…!

Now that I can cross Scandinavia off my list (since Finland is not technically Scandinavia, but Nordic),  it is back to the everyday life of Copenhagen… except Toby is coming to visit tomorrow today! YAY! :)) That will be fun to tourist Copenhagen all over again. :) And then, and then, it will be time to hit the books hard.



norway: the end.

So this morning we had rather a late start, but we didn’t have much planned for the day anyway, seeing as we needed to be back at the hostel by 4.30pm to pick up our luggage. So we started eating brunch at 11am or so, before checking out and all that jazz.

We headed back down to Bryggen to see if the stupid crane had moved but it hadn’t. But at least we took a picture to prove that we had been there, coz we kind of forgot yesterday. We also visited the Julehuset (Christmas house) but it was not as crazy Christmas-y as I thought it would be.

After that we made our way back to the Cultural History collections. We finished that up and then asked the lady at the counter where exactly the Natural History collection was, but she told us that it was in fact closed for renovations. Of course, I expect nothing less of any place in Europe!

So instead we went to the Sjøfarts Museum (aka the Maritime Museum) since it was free for students and we still had a long time to kill. So we spent a fair amount of time in there. It was rather interesting, but I do not think I will be sad to not see another boat model for a while. :)

Then we headed back to the lake and noticed that they had actually managd to get the Christmas tree in the middle.

Then it was back to Rema to stock up on more bread before returning to the hostel to pick up our luggage and just… bum.

Our flight is only at 8pm so we’re going to eat a little here before heading out to catch the bus to the airport.

But for now, I shall do some more reading… :(


view from the top.

Say hi to the post that isn’t written on the iTouch… but a MAC. My anti-Mac cred is slowly depleting… :P

Anyway, this morning we finished up the leftover chicken patties from last night, and also had some PB&J. Except I had mine separately, because I have not been converted yet. Then we headed out, totally pleased with the beautiful weather that Bergen had given us. Blue skies (which you should know by know is a requisite for me) and a little bit of sunshine. Still cold, but after everything that I have heard about Bergen being one of the rainiest cities, I was incredibly satisfied. :)

We headed down to Bryggen first, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. I wish I could tell you more… but I can’t. It’s really pretty though! That reminds me, I really want to go to the Christmas shop there…!

Walked to the end of the road and found ourselves at Rosencrantztårnet. Checked that out, as well as the rest of Bergenhus. Then headed to the Fløibanen (aka funicular) to go up Mount Fløyen. Walked around up there for a while, soaking in the beautiful view, and exploring a bit of the greenery. We saw these really cool icicles though! So that was exciting, for me at least. Although LOL to when I pointed to this random wooden sculpture that I thought looked like a bear. I was like, Oh! A bear! And then Ben totally froze, thinking I meant a real bear. That amused me a great deal… :P Maybe you had to bear there. Lol.

Came back down and went to try the Fish Market, but didn’t really see anything before we got distracted by Harbour Café and it’s 40% off. So we both got customised Double Bacon Cheeseburgers (minus tomatoes and pickles for me thanks!) which were really good. It was nice to have a decent sit down meal, other than what we’ve managed to cook ourselves. :)

After eating, we headed up to the Bergen Museums. On our way we re-visited some of the sights that we saw last night, but took pictures in the nice daylight. We ended up going with the Cultural History Collection first. It’s free for students, so that was cool. Looked around a few exhibits before we were told that the museum was closing… at 3! So we shall head back there, and to the Natural History Collection too. And besides, it’s free! :)

Made our way back to the hostel, since we were both pretty tired and just kind of wanted to sit and what not. On the way back we finally saw the lake-ish thing that is quite central in the city of Bergen, that we had sworn we had not seen. For good reason to. It is currently almost all frozen over, and we saw some people trying to move a Christmas tree into the centre… but they kind of failed. Maybe we’ll go back tomorrow and see the end result.

So now I am updating, Ben is taking a nap, and I think that we should get food soon, before Rema closes!

It’s the last day in Norway tomorrow, and I have had a fantastic time. It really is a pretty part of Scandinavia and the people here are really friendly. I’m really glad that I ended up coming here. It was looking unlikely for a long while, but yeah. I do look forward to going back to Copenhagen though!  I always do. :)

In any case, I still have one more day tomorrow, before our flight at 8pm, so we still have a bit of time. And tomorrow I will endeavour to actually take more photos of myself, you know, so that I actually have proof that I was in Norway at all!!


beautiful bergen.

Today is definitely a day that will be made up more of pictures than words. Before I get to the reason why, a quick rundown of morning events.

We woke super early and then got a quick breakfast before finishing packing, checked out and then bummed around so we didn’t have to wait for the tram in the cold. This then resulted in some running for the tram… but we still ended up being early for the train. After some problems, we got some sweet seats and got settled in for our almost 7 hour train ride.

I cannot explain in words just how amazing the journey was. The scenery along the way was seriously beautiful and I definitely want to do it again, but in the summer. It would be a lot different. This time though, the overwhelming white of the snow was, as Ben put it, quite serene. There really isn’t any other way to describe it. We were supposed to use the time productively, sleeping, reading and the like, but for me at least, the view the entire way was almost too good to pass up. I did manage a bit of shut eye and some reading of course, and before I knew it, the journey was over and we arrived in Bergen.

We found our hostel, Marken Gjestehus, quite near to the station. We checked in before heading out to explore with what little daylight (and clear skies!) that we had left. We were trying to find the main Bergen area, but ended up at the wrong bit of water. No matter, we figured it out for tomorrow. Instead, we headed to Rema to buy some kylling og pommes frittes for dinner. Net-ed a little before making dinner, eating super quick and then heading off to Bergen Kino, to watch everyone’s favourite boy wizard. Yes, the second time for me. (To my dedicated reader, Pya, you will be amused to know, I’m sure, that I managed to get us slightly lost, as I always seem to do. Lol.)

Got to the cinema and it was really pretty inside. The movie was fantastic a second time, so :)

Now I should probably have a shower as we are intending to head out early tomorrow morning. Sadly, we’re probably not going to see one of the famous Norwegian fjords, since winter is upon us and there aren’t that many tours running. But that’s ok, I like having reasons to return, because Scandinavia really is a lovely corner of the world.

Anyway, tomorrow shall be fun despite. I am kind of sad that this Norwegian adventure is almost over. :( Even if it does mean that I can finally get rid of Ben :P lol.


(b)last day in oslo

This morning I kind of failed at waking up. I am going to blame it on the fact that my clock seems to be busted. It was showing the wrong time. So we had a really quick breakfast before showering and heading out to catch the tram. But of course the timetable in the hostel was wrong, so we quickly ran over to get the underground. Then we had to change to a bus but apparently Busterminalen means intercity buses and not local buses. Thanks to the guy at the station, we eventually found the right bus stop and finally ended up at the Viking Ship Museum (Student: 35kr). That was a really awesome place, with 3 Viking ships inside, plus all these other really interesting artifacts. It’s quite amazing to think that all this stuff exists from so long ago! They even have human remains, and all the analysis kind of reminded me of Bones. :)

After the Vikings, we walked down the road-ish to the Kon-Tiki museum (Student: 40kr). That was really cool too, since I had no knowledge of any of that… But it really made me want to go to Easter Island and the Galapagos… :D

Bus-ed to Vigeland Park, saw all the nude statues and things (as well as lots of super cute dogs) before catching the tram to Anders’ place again, hoping to cook something to eat before meeting Ben’s friend Maiken at 5pm, since we hadn’t had anything to eat since breakfast and it was already 4… But of course Anders had something he had to do. So Ben and I wandered around trying to find something to eat. There were a lot of shwarama places and we ended up at one place and split a gigantic pizza. Then it was to meet Maiken and then we headed back to her place. Hung out there for a while and watched a couple of movies (Mrs Henderson Presents… and Ace Ventura) before heading out to grab something to eat. Ended up at another shwarama place. I got a lamb kebab, except the vegetable stuff was more like a random salad. Also struggled with the Arabic tea, which was really strong. Then we had to run to catch the tram home, but luckily we were able to make it.

Tomorrow we head to Bergen and then we have tickets to see Harry Potter. Yep, I am going to see it again :)


the top # attractions in oslo.

So here I am again at the hostel, only this morning I am super tired and cannot wait to get to bed. But first, a quick recap of this morning…

  • Breakfast at the hostel before catching the underground to the parliament building, the Stortinget. We may have walked the wrong way for a bit which wasn’t fun because it was cold and it was snowing…
  • Wandered on over to the Rådhus, spied the Nobel Peace Centre, but didn’t go in, and then headed on over to the palace.
  • We headed on over to the National Gallery (free entry!), stopping a while to piccyture the University in Oslo and the National Theatre. There was a lot of art in there, but to be honest, I was just thankful for the warmth. :) but it was nice to see one of Edvard Munch’s The Screams.
  • More walking around in the freezing cold, seeing the Domkirke before stopping for some lunch at Maccas.
  • Then it was off to Akershus Fortress to watch the changing of the guards at 1:30. Got there in good time, even though the snow was starting to get heavier, so that was kind of annoying… Then just walked around the area for a bit and got some nice views of the fjord. :)
  • Decided to walk (in the cold) to the Natural History Museum, located in the Botanical Gardens. The gardens were quite pretty, all in white. The musems were also pretty good. :) we only had time to look at the Geological Museum and the Zoological Museum. Spent quite a bit of time in both, looking at the various exhibits.
  • Since it was 4pm, and most things in Oslo seem to close at 4… we headed on over to the Edvard Munch museum (currently free entry!). Saw the Scream yet again, but a different version, which was cool but also a number of others that I thought were kind of cool.
  • At 5, when Munch closed, we met up with Ben’s friend Anders and went shopping to buy some things for dinner, then went back to his place to cook foods. Well, I supervised. :) good pork, mashed peas and potato chips.
  • Hung out for a while before moving on over to Tina’s room, where her friend Mille was also. Hung out some more before heading out. The first place though had an age limit of 22… So I kind of screwed that over and felt bad for everyone else… >< but then we went to another place nearby. Then spent the rest of the night there before catching the bus home.

And now here I am. I think we may sleep in tomorrow, since things don’t open until 11… Gnites!


double snow!!!

So I am currently sitting in Hostel Haraldsheim using Ben’s iTouch to write this. (Thanks Ben!) No photos now for obvious reasons but maybe this will help me get posting when I get home…

This morning, as we were leaving Signalhuset, what did we get but SNOW!! First snow of Copenhagen and what a lot of snow there was. :) We made it to the airport early enough, despite the weather, and we were faced with probably the longest security queue I’ve ever seen at Copenhagen. But we were still super early for the flight, which is certainly a first for me! Flights were a little bit delayed due to an accident on a nearby highway that a lot of airport staff were stuck in.

However, we still made it to Oslo in good time and the view from the plane… seriously breathtaking! Everything was just so white and I could not stop grinning because it was just that awesome. It totally made up for the fact that the pilot said that the local temperature was -8 degrees!!

Walked out to find that our bus was going to be another 15 minutes, so we headed back inside the airport for warmth. Soon enough, our bus arrived and half an hour-ish later, it was our stop and time to see whether I could actually survive the cold. I think I struggled more with walking up the hill to our hostel to be honest… :)

We weren’t able to actually get our rooms, so we decided to hang around until 2pm, and then get our things settled in. I did online things while Ben tried to nap, but Ellen proved too loud and distracting for him to actually get any sleep. So once we got our rooms, he went to have a real nap, while I headed out and walked around the hostel a little. I discovered an ice rink, that it is not so fun to walk on icy roads and that Rema1000 has really nice chocolate muffins! I bought them before coming back to the hostel and trying to be productive.

Ben woke eventually and after a bit we headed back to Rema to get some dinner. And so of course we got pizza. Lol. Came back, made and ate the pizza and now we are bumming in the common room.

The rooms here are pretty good and besides the fact that it is a little bit far out of the city, it is relatively easy to get around by tram and bus… Or so it seems.

Anyway, tomorrow should be good. We have lots of plans… And there is even breakfast included! Yay!