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Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo August 10th 2014

Arriving in Oslo airport around 7pm on a 23 hour stopover, we were unsure of how much could be seen in such a short time. Our first time saver was the fast train from the airport. How easy, you only had to swipe your credit card through the entry turnstile before boarding the train, no need to purchase a ticket. The train only took 20 minutes at high speed to reach Oslo City, we were also pleased our hotel was only a two minute walk from the station. Checking into the Hotel Grand Central we found the rooms to be very minimalist and modern but with everything we needed for our short stay, especially unusual was the wall mural behind our bed. The next day as we were flying out early evening we decided to make ... read more
Vigeland Sculpture Arrangement in Frogner Park
Opera House
An unusual hotel room

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 28th 2014

i landed in Norway and my phone immediately buzzed. "Welcome to Norway" says the text from Andy. Whoot whoot! I am finally here! I get off the plane, go directly to duty free and get wine and beer and head down to get my luggage. No customs no anything! Just straight out the door where Andy greets me. Quick hug and we are out to the car. It was much hotter then I anticipated! Andy and I drove to Oslo. I took in the beautiful country side, and observed the different signs along the road. We passed a harbour when we saw a huge cruise boat that does the Denmark cruise lines. I don't recall ever seeing a ship of that size. we stopped at a boat store to purchase a propellor for the his new ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 23rd 2014

Today we return to the city where our tour started, back to Oslo. Our wake-up call was at 5:45 this morning with bags out by 6:30. We ate breakfast and were ready to depart promptly at 7:30. We returned to Oslo via a different route which took us through very different scenery than what we had seen going to Bergen. We went through numerous tunnels until we reached the mountain plateau. Here we encountered lakes, waterfalls, and ski resort towns such as Geilo. Biking, hiking and skiing are popular activities in Geilo. We stopped about every hour to stretch our legs, grab a bite to eat, or for photo ops. We were treated to an ice cream by our tour director at one such stop which was on a lake with people swimming and boating enjoying ... read more
Waterfall on one of our rest stops.
Glacier en route to Oslo.
Along the mountain plateau.

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 18th 2014

I spent a leisurely day on Thursday packing and doing last minute chores which were interrupted with the news of the catastrophic plane crash in the Ukraine. As I was getting ready, I pictured the victims of that plane crash getting ready for their business trips or vacations as I was doing and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones. It is not something that one wants to hear when getting ready to take a trip overseas. Nonetheless, that is exactly what I had to do. Lisa, Rich, Ben and Jacob picked me up at 4:00 p.m. to take me to the airport with a stop on the way to pick up my friend, Sharyn. Ben was his usual inquisitive self and Jacob was delighted with the site of planes ... read more
Quiet time at La Cucina
La Cucina just down the street.
Beautiful fountain down by the waterfront.

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 17th 2014

This blog will be all about my travels, experiences and troubles along my way through the world. Sometimes it will be in swedish depending on how big of an effort i'm willing to put in to it. Photos and videos will be uploaded on this blog and facebook. So yesterday i finally got down to business. After a day of jumping in to a river from cliffs i finally booked my interrail ticked and my flight to greece the 25th of august. My journey starts in Europe, me, Fredrik, Carl and Stefan are flying to Amsterdam to vistit some old colleagues that live there. It's in Amsterdam we will start our awesome train experience through Europe. To be continnued...... read more

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 3rd 2014

0703 – donderdag – Oslo Met de bus naar centrum van Oslo. 3-uur toer historische stad met Nl -gids. Meeste spots hadden we al eens gezien. Herhaling kan geen kwaad. Lunch aan de Aker brugge. Pizza Margherita en Insalate al salmone. Toch niet zo echt Noors. Wel ….” med de Beste smakene fra Italia”, en 'Grazie e arrivederci !' Toch leuke Noorse bediening. Een draft pint bier kost daar het equivalent van 9€ . De karaf fris water is dan wel gratis. Onze trein-tram-bus ticket was wel niet meer geldig voor de boot naar de Viking- en Kontiki- musea. Senioren van +67 krijgen wel vermindering. Ja, zo lang moeten ze hier werken voor ze bij de gepensionneerden geteld worden. Een idee-tje voor DuRipoff II.... read more
Italiaans restaurant op de Akerbrugge
overal beeldhouwwerken
Universiteit van Oslo

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 2nd 2014

0702 – woensdag – Oslo – (290km) Verplaatsing naar Oslo. Het is hier warm. Korte broek en T-shirt. Was wel even schrikken van onze witte benen. Het lijkt hier al een beetje op thuiskomen. Hoe zuidelijker hoe drukker. Zelfs aan de rand van Oslo, viervaksbanen vol, rontondes, verkeersremmers, verkeerslichten, files. Dat is terug wennen. In het noorden kon men een baan oprijden zonder kijken, … er kwam toch niets af. Behalve toen we deze morgen vertrokken..... een kudde koeien voor ons, ….in galop ! Moesten er enkele in de kant rijden voor we door konden. Gelukkig geen tegenliggers daar. Dat zou een slachthuis geworden zijn.... read more
Park van camping in Oslo
Cp Oslo
Cp Oslo - tijd om te 'beren'

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 1st 2014

Tuesday, July 1-Oslo-5:21 a.m. On Monday I was again awake from 2:30-7 in the morning...ugh. Thank god the internet works. Finally back to sleep until 10:30...time to get ready for the bike tour of Oslo! I take the short walk to the tiger statue outside the central train station where I meet Graciela, the tour guide and sole proprietor of AlternativOslo, a bicycle tour operation specializing in showcasing off the beaten path neighborhoods of the city in addition to some of the more traditional sights. Graciela only lives here (where her boyfriend is from) for three months during the summer (smart girl) running this business and the rest of the year she lives in her home country of Argentina. We are also joined on the tour by a Kiwi couple that currently lives in Abu Dhabi ... read more
The newest, trendiest neighborhood of Oslo
Tour guide Graciela in front of Parliament

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo June 30th 2014

Sunday, June 29-Oslo-6:00 p.m. Awake at 2:30 a.m. Watching videos and reading online off and on until 7. Jet lag! Finally back to sleep until 9ish. I don't want to get up at all now but I want to try to get on a proper schedule so I must. English breakfast tea to start the day and meeting new arrivals to the apartment, two students from Belgium, as well as Martin's wife Gung and their daughter, a very strong willed little 2-3 year old. Cute though. Shower and get ready to go, leave the apartment and discover the Deli de Luca, which seems to be a chain. Buy a real cup of coffee, yogurt with granola and a banana. Back to the apartment to eat it. Leave again and walk to the central train station, finding ... read more
Karl Johans gate
Life
Karl Johans gate again

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo June 27th 2014

Hello, I'm not one of those creative writers and I'm not even the one who would read blogs. Even though I'm the one who can just bulletpoint things out, my friends adviced me to start with this. Thus I created this blog more to keep people who I know updated and not repeat the same story everytime people ask me "So how is your trip going on?" But feel free to check if you find anything interesting. So I started to plan the trip just three weeks ago and till know I just know how to get to the supposed start point - Tromso, the north part of Europe. Everything else will clear up on the way. I hope... First day was spent efficiently: Glasgow -> Edinburgh (flight, and I hate this so much, but promised ... read more
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