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Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 22nd 2018

Oli mukava nauttia hotellin aamiainen seisovasta pöydästä viiden omatoimisen aamupalan jälkeen. Selvitin Skam-sarjan kuvauspaikkoja ja päätin kiertää niitä. Niistä löytyi selostus tuolta: Oli luvassa poutaa ja lämpötila iltapäivällä 7 astetta. Kävin ensin jalan hotellin lähellä, jossa oli kommuuni ja karaokepaikka. Sitten ratikalla Briskebyhyn. Ensin kahvila kolmannelta tuotantokaudelta. Kävelin sitten Nissenille lukiolle. Lukion pihat olivat tyhjiä ja yllättävän pieniä. Jututin koulun kohdalle pysähtynyttä naista. Ilmeni että hän opettaa siellä espanjaa ja oli piipahtanut sarjassa. Juttelimme espanjaksi lähinnä matkoistamme. Kävin katsomassa vielä Briskebyn pysäkin ja läheisen puiston. Ajoin ratikalla itään Grønlandiin. Oikeastaan mikään kohde ei sykähdyttänyt. Hyvä että tunnisti paikan Mutta tällä lailla sai h... read more

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 22nd 2018

Thursday, 22nd March 2018 On the way to the train station every morning, I would pass by the Palace building on my right. On some sunny days, the palace facade would look especially impressive when the first rays of light shone on it. The Palace faced directly on the east overlooking the Karl Johans Gate. Today is a bright, sunny day with clear blue skies as we left office. We decided to head to the Aker Brygge for dinner to take advantage of the nice weather. R brought us to Rorbua, a cosy eating spot that served Norweigian cuisine. We ordered the fish soup, salmon and whale meat for sharing. This was yet another great recommendation from R as everybody gave a thumbs-up for the dishes. ... read more
Dinner @ Rorbua

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 21st 2018

Wednesday, 21st March 2018 Tram 11 is a very useful service that plies between R's apartment in Majorstuen and the hotel that I resided in downtown Oslo. It saved me the efforts to walk home from the National Theatre Station especially on cold, wintry evenings. We were very glad that our colleague from the Singapore office, TS was able to join us for our dinner plans this evening. Prior to meeting him, we took a stroll along Karl Johans Gate after work to take in some pictures of the impressive Parliament Building. We decided to go for Chinese food at Shanghai 2K18 this evening as we were having some cravings for rice. We ordered a couple of meat and veggie dishes for sharing over dinner and it was a nice and inexpensive experience as we rounded ... read more
Oslo Parliament Building
Karl Johans Gate
Dinner @ Shanghai 2K18

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 20th 2018

Tuesday, 20th March 2018 I woke up with a nice view of Oslo city from my hotel bedroom this morning. H lamented that this was a very typical European city shot (nice!) when he saw the picture. Today is a cloudy day to speak of as I prep myself to work amidst the chilly temperatures. Typically on a working day, our 30-minute lunch break stretches between 11 to 11.30am. Lunch is buffet style that changes daily to appeal to different tastes. For dinner, R and myself headed to Fridays which had a restaurant opposite Oslo Central Station. The prices at Fridays were almost always steep as we ordered two mains for sharing. I didn't quite like the ribs today as it was overcooked and dry. Otherwise, this was a good dinner with great service to end ... read more
Lunch - buffet style
Dinner @ Fridays

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 19th 2018

Monday, 19th March 2018 Breakfast at the hotel was a happy affair for me every morning. Even though I spent no more than 30 minutes at the buffet table each day, the spread filled me up and the coffee gave me a good head-start for the work day. I normally arrived at my work place before eight in the morning and finished work by five or five thirty in the evening. For dinner, R brought me to the Brugata district in Oslo where there were a couple of Asian restaurants and supermarkets operating within the vicinity. Prior to dinner, I had my Mcflurry treats at Mcdonalds before popping over to Lille Saigon 1. This is a no-frills Vietnamese eatery where it was filled with dinner crowds on a Monday evening. It wasn't difficult to explain why. ... read more
Brugata, Oslo
Lille Saigon 1, Brugata
Dinner at Lille Saigon 1

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 18th 2018

Sunday, 18th March 2018 I arrived a day ahead of my meetings in Oslo so that I could have some decent rest before heading to the office on Monday morning. This was my second business trip to Oslo, the capital city of Norway. Everything seemed somewhat familiar. I was staying at the same hotel and taking the same train service to work. Arrival at Oslo Gardermoen Airport at 7.30am on Sunday, R was expecting me at the Arrivals. He had been working out of Oslo office for the past two years. We were great buddies in the Singapore office together with J and it was nice to meet him again since our CNY lunch in Singapore in February 2018. Temperatures in Oslo today was in a low -12 degrees even though we were assured of clear ... read more
My home in Oslo for 2 weeks

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 18th 2018

Sunday, 18th March 2018 After touching down at the airport, R brought me to the railway platform to board a NSB train to the National Theatre Station in downtown Oslo. With two departing trains every hour, this is a comparatively cheaper way to travel (NOK 66) compared to the Flytoget Service (NOK 190). After depositing my baggage at the hotel, R and I headed to the Cafe Cathedral within the Karl Johans Gate vicinity for breakfast. Since this was a Sunday, most of the shops in downtown Oslo were not opened for business. In the afternoon, we did a fair bit of sight-seeing to cover areas like the Opera House, Aker Brygge as well as the Akershus Fortress where it housed a rather extensive Military Museum (free admission). We arrived at R's apartment at the upmarket ... read more
Military Museum
The Fortress compounds
Cafe Cathedral breakfast

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo August 22nd 2017

Two Days in Oslo... Sunday 20 th August... another lovely sunny day, so we decided to walk to Vigeland Sculpture Park - about 45 mins away, although we stopped on the way to look at the Houses of Parliament and the Royal Palace from the outside.The sculpture park is the life-time's work of Gustav Vigeland (1869 - 1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and forged iron. The sculptures are all of people, showing all the human emotions. The most well-known is the angry little boy, stamping his foot at something or someone. Being a Sunday, the park was full of families as well as tourists - 6 buses lined up outside. We walked back to the hotel to charge the camera battery and ours too, then walked to the Opera House on the ... read more

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo August 5th 2017

Norway was once part of Denmark. From 1205 to 1814 there have been 21 wars between Denmark and Sweden and in 1814 Norway was ceded to Sweden in war reparations. Given how wealthy Norway is today that was an expensive “gift”! Norway proclaimed independence from Sweden in 1905 so it is a relatively young country. Oslo is a small city of only 660,000 people but is growing rapidly (30% since 2000) and expects to have a population of one million within the next decade or so. It is also transforming itself into a modern city with state of the art buildings and skyscrapers. An example of this is its spectacular new opera house situated on the waterside. The architecture not only makes it visually stunning, it also a building you can walk around, in and on ... read more
Opera House
Glass sculpture
View of Oslo

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 27th 2017

Just a short post about the morning I left Oslo: decided to visit the Vigeland sculpture park but I found it to be not my cup of tea so I left after half an hour. The sculptures left little to the imagination even if they were technically well executed. Not my thing at all. Instead, I found it more interesting to study the hoards of (mainly Japanese) tourists who had flocked to the place with their selfie sticks. General impressions of Oslo: expensive, stingy, why do people cycle on the pavements, not as affluent as I thought it would be, pavements in bad repair. I doubt I'll return in a hurry.... read more

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