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Right Proper Tourists

Posted by Leanne on May 31, 2008

Like right proper tourists we spent the day making the most of the ‘freebies’ which come with the purchase of an Oslo Pass.

The first stop was the free lunchtime cruise on the Oslo Fjord – attractive because of the free lunch in a city where food costs the earth.  Unfortunately the free prawn buffet included ‘prawns au naturelle’ and not much more which, as I found out means that you have to take their brains out yourself.  As a meat eating hypocrite, it make me feel a bit sick.  I prefer it when they take the brains out for you…

We hopped off the boat before the end of the cruise to go and see Fram, eat an icecream and walk to the Norsk Folkemuseum where we wandered around the traditional Norwegian Houses and streets, baking under the midday sun and watched some small Norwegian children do a dance before going off to make use of the play area.

Simon

Simon

A quick whizz around the nearby Norwegian Maritime Museum tired our little tourist legs and brains out, so we ate more ice cream to give us the energy for the return journey to the hostel.
Viking Ship

Viking Ship, Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo

To round off the day, we went out for a pricey meal and beer, the dockside setting making up for the high prices (and probably contributing to them more than just a little bit!)
We finished the evening off by sipping vodka out of teacups on the Opera House roof in the late night Norwegian Twilight.
Opera House, Oslo

Opera House, Oslo

 
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Oslo

Posted by Leanne on May 30, 2008

Simon and Steve are my very best friends from University and I have lived with them both (though unfortunately not at the same time).  Shortly after we graduated, they both moved almost exactly 200 miles away from me in opposite directions, to London and Edinburgh respectively. 

We try to get together at least a few times a year, and more recently, we’ve been taking field trips abroad.  This year, after bouncing emails back and forth for several months, Simon phoned me (and I presume Steve as well) to announce that we, and our respective partners were all going to Norway.  Oslo to be precise.

Travelling from several different airports meant that we couldn’t quite coordinate arrivals, so while Paul and I lugged our weekend packs through the late afternoon heat of Oslo, Simon, Steve, Julie and Leigh sat sipping coffee in the hostel basement cafe after a hard day’s sightseeing.

On arrival we chatted, caught up, met Leigh for the first time and ordered pizza where I learnt my first bit of Norwegian:

  • ekstra ekstra ekstra biff – extra extra extra beef
  • mega sterk – very hot

 I’m sure that will come in extremely handy on future trips to Norway.

Having done our research before the trip, we were aware of the scandalous Scandinavian alcohol prices, and we all had the foresight to bring our own bottle, meaning that we spent the night on card games and home-made cocktails.

By closing time, everyone went off to bed while Paul and I, who had not had the chance to see a great deal of Oslo from the short walk from the bus to hostel set about exploring.  We didn’t have to go far to discover the harbour and opera house where we revelled in the midnight twilight and took a few snaps:

Harbour at Twilight, Oslo

Harbour at Twilight, Oslo

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