Oslo

At the beginning of April, I spent 3 days in Oslo, with my friend Georgia. Somehow, the fact there’d still be snow on the ground in the capital of Norway just didn’t occur to us, until we spotted a frozen lake as we flew in to land. Whoops. I didn’t pack my snow boots.

After we landed and cleared passport control, we accidentally caught the wrong train and ended up 2 stops north of the city. Luckily, it only wasted 45 minutes and we were soon on the right track. Our first stop was food, we went to Vegan Loving Hut, and then to the supermarket. My favourite part of travelling is probably looking at the free from section in foreign supermarkets.

The next day, we left our Airbnb and walked to Ekebergparken, a sculpture park with a wonderful view of the city. Here, we slipped on icy slopes, accidentally stood in knee-deep snow and saw some truly European sculptures.

We headed to Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. Having been to Skansen in Stockholm a year ago, I was super keen to check out another Scandi open air museum and I was not disappointed. We started in the mini village and walked through the farm buildings, even finding a few animal friends. I imagine it’s even better in the Summer months, when they have more staff offering demonstrations of traditional Norwegian life.

After stopping for lunch at Nordvegan, we went to see the sculptures in Vigelandparken. We’d been seeing the angry baby statue in all the souvenir shops and thought it’d be a lot bigger in person. My favourite memory of the whole trip was taking photos of us impersonating the statues.

Our final day, we went to Grünerløkka, a cool neighbourhood with lots of independent shops and street art. It was a Sunday, so many shops were closed, but we had a look in the Salvation Army shop and several children’s wear boutiques.

Our final meal was at Funky Fresh Foods, before we headed back to the airport. Oslo was a beautiful city, especially in the snow with cold wet feet.

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