Posts Tagged ‘ travel: nor: oslo ’

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.

misselty.

(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 :)

misselty.

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!

misselty.

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!

misselty.