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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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Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 26th 2017

Started the day at Popcentret, a cute interactive exhibition about Norwegian pop music. A lot of it was obviously aimed more at a Norwegian audience than an international one but it was fun to see the chronology and the few artists I did recognise. You could even record a song in their studios but I gave that a miss... After that, the Oslo museum with its interesting exhibition on Norwegian dialects. I learned that even Oslo itself is divided into different dialect areas according to class boundaries, one of them influenced by Danish. And that there's great dialect flexibility, and people mix bokmål and nynorsk. No wonder I get so confused. Next stop, the history museum. Decided to focus solely on the Viking era and got to see the Nordic gods as never before (pictured). Then ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 25th 2017

So after breakfasting and getting ready for my first full day in Oslo, what's the first thing I do when I leave the apartment? I fall over, tearing my trousers to rags and scraping my knee. With my track record, I can't afford any more mishaps. So I am glad to report that only my knee took a hit and no serious harm was done, even if hobbling ensued. Got changed and swabbed myself free of gravel and headed for the Munch Museum with my Oslo Pass. Naturally, I'd forgotten to validate it for the day, and as the museum had no wifi, they had to take my word (and receipt) that I had a valid pass in the app. Bit of a daft system if you ask me. The focus of the current exhibition is ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 24th 2017

A long day's travelling that included being subjected to the young couple in the train seats in front of me making out from Hallsberg onward (I'm not even joking) finally landed me in Oslo. Armed with my Oslo Pass, I took the metro to Tøyen and to my room in a shared apartment. The district reminds me of a jazzed-up Högdalen (suburb of Stockholm) if that means anything. The apartment is clean and has all the amenities I need but my actual room has a view that I can only describe as interesting (see pic). But it's fine for a few nights. As long as I can sleep, I really don't care. As I arrived early evening there was no time to hit the museums so I got my bearings and did some sightseeing. Visited the ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 16th 2017

It is raining buckets and is 60 degrees as we leave the ship. Ok, so Mark and Christopher want to stay on the ship but I am determined to see Oslo. Turns out to be a bad idea but it is my birthday, 65 today so I rule. I want to head to Vigeland Sculpture Park to see the hundreds of statues. So I know how to get there by bus but you cannot buy bus tickets at the bus stops so we walk. It is Sunday and the only open shops are the occasional bakeries which have enticing smells coming from them. We get a little off course but we finally make it. The park has 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and forged iron. All of the sculptures are the work of Gustav Vigeland (1849 ... read more
Taking a break from the rain with a hot drink
Christopher and I at Akershus Castle
Akershus Castle and sometimes prison




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