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Published: November 10th 2017
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A tour guide in Copenhagen had told me I would be able to see the sunrise over the fjords as we sailed into Oslo. So I was up early to see this magnificent sunrise. Now at this time I though fjord meant waterfall. I now know different but at the time I'm thinking, what fjords? we are way to far from shore to see the fjords! FYI the sunrise over the fjord was amazing. We made it to shore at exactly 9.45 as per the itinerary. I walked through the dock to find it was pouring rain in Oslo. Now I had hoped to get a taxi but first I needed to find an ATM and get some Kroner. There were no ATM's at the dock. I looked at the map, looked over the dock to see what I thought was city hall (it wasn't, it was a hotel) I figured it wasn't far to walk and I had my wet weather gear, so I walked. I was supposed to meet Line, my host, at her work which was just down the road from the central train station. Took me about half an hour to find it, and I
can proudly say I didn't get lost. I also didn't find an ATM. We walked another 10 minutes to her place, which is lovely, but sad to say, up three flights of stairs. By the time I got there I was dripping with rain on the outside and sweat on the inside.
After I had settled in at Lines, checked Facebook, changed my socks got my Oslo pass and toddled off to the Munch museum. For the people who have not been to my place, I have a print of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" on my wall. So obviously going to see the original was an absolute must do. The museum, as the name suggests, is completely dedicated to his works. Some if it is quite dark and scary. However much if his work is very light and airy. Sunny landscapes and gardens. I think he may have been a bit bipolar. They let people take photos of just about everything except "The scream" which of course was the one thing I really wanted a photo of. The museum also had exhibits from the natural history museum. Munch lived in from 1863 to 1944, which was around the time Darwinism
was taking hold and the scientific community was starting to gain ground. They drew some really interesting insights on how the natural world and science had an impact on his work. Although he did have a fancy for mythological creatures too. Quite the diverse character ol' Eddie.
After the museum I made my way back into town and headed for the Oslo Cathedral. The official religion in Norway became the Lutheran after the reformation. These days state and church are very close, the church budget is approved by the Storting (Norwegian parliament) The church itself is quite simple. The paintings on the ceiling were really cool though. Despite the morbid bible stories they portrayed, they were full of light and colour. I didn't spend too much time in the church as they were taking communion when I walked in and I didn't want to disturb them. Although they were also setting up for a concert so I suppose they use their church's for multiple purposes like the czechs
After church I was quite hungry so the search for a cheap restaurant started. This is not an easy job in Norway. I found a restaurant district in Karl Johans gate, which
is the centre of town so maybe not the best place I could find. The cheapest I found was a pub called the Scotsman. Burger and a pepsi cost me 220 kroner. That's roughly AU$40. I will be eating light here I think.
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