Norway, here I come! For the fifth time! A number of visits previously reserved only for cities possessing Disney theme parks or my grandparents, now expanded to include the city where my boyfriend lives.
I've been to Bergen so many times that, for better or worse, I've grown comfortable spending my vacations there as a useless heap of laziness. I've seen most of the tourist spots; I've hiked along Mount Ulriken, which I'm still surprised didn't result in me passing out or rolling down a rocky hill (or one then the other); I've been pushed closer to death than I'd prefer by eating hot dogs; I've witnessed the natural splendors of a fjord from a boat filled with more Asian tourists than I'd ever seen anywhere else in Norway; and eating out isn't a priority when my friends can provide me with such great home-cooked meals (also, I'm cheap and eating out is mostly expensive). Of course, I haven't done everything; there are some big gaps in my trips that I hope to fill someday, mainly, I have yet to experience the national pastime of skiing and I've never been to a local concert (the latter really irks me because a handful of my favorite musicians are from Bergen, but I'm never there when they're performing). But overall, my main reason for visiting Bergen is to see Kåre and hang out with our friends.
This time, Kåre and I are stepping off the lazy train for a few days by visiting Oslo from June 12 to 13. I've never been; Kåre has rarely been. Trying to figure out what to do in Oslo made me realize that my two main goals when I go on vacation are to eat a buttload of affordable tasty food and/or to look at cute stuff, neither of which Oslo is a hotspot for. But it felt weird to visit Norway so many times without visiting its largest city, so...it is time.
If anyone has suggestions for what Kåre and I should do or eat in Oslo, please let me know! My favorite Oslo guide I've come across so far is this one from Ask a Norwegian: helpful information laced with heaps of amusing disparagement. I also like this photo-filled guide from Everywhereist, which is plenty amusing in a different way.
I doubt I have any readers in Oslo, but if you live in Oslo and want to meet up for something, let me know! [cue tumbleweed rolling by]
I know you probably wouldn't have noticed me being out of the country for a week if I hadn't said anything, but I figured I'd mention it as an excuse for being even slower at writing blog posts or replying to emails than usual. :(
To end this post, I'm plopping in a bunch of photos I've taken during previous trips to Bergen but have never posted here. Because why not.
- One of many charming streets in Bergen.
- Just a whole bunch of adorable buildings. Sigh.
- Edvard Grieg's special hut for composing.
- The view beyond the hut. Damn.
- Open face sandwich with egg and salmon. Mmmm.
- Watching fireworks on New Year's Eve.
- BEST CEREAL BOX ILLUSTRATION COS THAT BEAR IS INSANE.
- BEST SIGN IN A MALL COS HYPERBOLE AND A HALF IS THE BEST.
- Gingerbread houses up the wazoo.
- Bergen basking in some godly rays of light.
- Fjord! Not in Bergen.