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A Weekend In Oslo

When Dee chose Norway as one of our destinations for when we were traveling, I will admit that I was a bit underwhelmed. While I knew that the country and the city of Oslo itself was supposed to be beautiful, it was never at the top of my list of places to travel to. Once we arrived however, I was pleasantly surprised. 

Oslo is a mix of the old and the new. You’ll see modern buildings, but I loved stumbling upon streets that looked more like this. 

One of the main things Dee wanted to do while we were in Oslo was take a Fjord sightseeing tour. While this fjord is not quite as dramatic and breathtaking as others are, it was still really beautiful. And it doesn’t take much to convince me to get in a boat and go out on the water.  

The beach in the Aker Brygge area of Oslo is far from a typical beach. Instead of sand you get stones, and no one does too much swimming. But that doesn’t stop people from putting towels down and basking in the sun on nice days. 

One day while walking down by the water we saw a starfish that had washed ashore. The starfish unfortunately didn’t make it, but it led to a Danish woman nearby coming over to tell us a story that she had read. The story was about a man who would try and save all the starfish that were washed up on shore with the tide near where he lived. People would ask him why he always did this, telling him that he could never save them all. To this the man replied, ‘Well I saved this one.’

It was a short story, but a beautiful one.  

On our last day we each took home a bag of stones from the beach. They are sitting on my windowsill now and will always be a reminder of this trip. 

Of course we had some delicious meals while exploring the city. Seafood is definitely the way to go when in Oslo. But I did have some pretty awesome curry as well.  

If you’re going to Oslo make sure to go to the Nobel Peace Center. It’s incredibly inspiring, especially right now as one of their current exhibitions is on Malala Yousafzai.

The Munch Museum is also a good stop. The current exhibition of Munch and Van Gogh was well done. 

Someday I’d like to go back to Norway; learn more about the culture. Maybe even tour some of the larger fjords. But for now, I’m happy that I at least got to travel to a country that I never expected to go to.