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Travel Diary: Oslo day 3

 
Our third day in Oslo was also our last.
 
Since we had such troubles finding a good breakfast restaurant the two days prior, we decided to just go downstairs to the local grocery store and buy some bread and yoghurt to eat in our apartment. After breakfast, we packed our bags and left the key to head out and enjoy our last couple of hours in Oslo.
 
 
 
I wanted to start the day with visiting the Opera House again since I had taken a reflection shot of myself that didn't turn out the way I wanted it to since there were too many tourists and construction work in the background (see the photo in this post) and wanted to take a new one. It appeared to be even harder this time since the sun came from a different angle so I had to give up my cool photo idea and take some other photos instead, haha.
 
 
 
We spent quite some time at the Opera House and sat down and watched the water for a while. There is an interesting sculpture in the water next to the Opera House called "Hun Ligger" (Translated to "She Lies") with is made of glass and changes all the time depending on the sun.
 
 
 
We had lunch at a pizza buffé next to the Central Station before getting on the train that was taking us back to Stockholm. Unfortunately this train, just like the one to Oslo, was also delayed and we think the air condition was broken in our carriage since felt like a sauna compared to the other carriages. Lovely, haha.
 
Well, we did get money back as a compensation for the delayed trains, I made it home in time to watch the final of Eurovision Song Contest and I can pat myself on the shoulder since I made a more environmentally friendly choice by taking the train instead of flying so I think it all worked out in the end.
 
Always stay positive!
 
 
 
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Travel Diary: Oslo day 2

 
I'm back home again but I still have two more days in Oslo to write about!
 
On our second day in the Norwegian capital, we started the day with localising a breakfast restaurant I had seen on Instagram, which turned out to be a huge disappointment. Let's make "Don't' judge a place by it's Instagram photos" the new "Don't judge a book by its cover", haha. Instead, we ended up at a small café in a shopping mall where we also spent some time after breakfast due to heavy rain.
 
 
 
When the rain had cleared a bit we headed up to Damstredet, a cobbled street with wooden houses from the first half of the 19th century which I obviously adored!
 
 
 
A trip to Damstredet isn't complete without also visiting the street Telthusbakken which is just around the corner and also has a lot of super cute houses. We walked between the two streets on a small trail called Kjærlighetsstien which can be translated into "The Love Trail".
 
 
 
After that, we walked over the bridge Åmotbrua over the river Akerselva to get to the area Grünerløkka.
 
 
 
We walked back to the central parts of the city and had a burger for lunch before entering Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. We took the elevator to the top floor and had an amazing view over the city and talked about having dinner at their restaurant later, but walked away pretty fast when we saw the prices on the menu, haha! Oslo is known to be an expensive city, and I have to say that people do not exaggerate when they talk about it. Oslo IS expensive.
 
 
 
The view from the terrace at our apartment wasn't that bad either so we spent some time there to rest our feet after a long day of walking. The sun also came out after a cloudy morning so we had a really good time there!
 
 
 
Since we had ruled out dinner at Radisson we looked at the map to find a good dinner restaurant close by and found the area Sørenga just across a bridge from where we were staying.
 
 
 
We had been a bit disappointed at almost every meal in Oslo, but we got happy when we saw everything Sørenga had to offer! This is totally the place to go if you're looking for a restaurant in Oslo! We ended up at the Italian restaurant Cargo and sat there all evening, enjoying the sun and the view over the water - there were even people taking a dip in the water! Such a lovely evening!
 
 
 
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Travel Diary: Oslo Day 1

 
I've spent the last couple of days exploring my neighboring capital, Oslo.
 
I've only been to Norway once before but never in Oslo so it was a brand new city for me to explore! I went to Oslo on the 9th of may with my boyfriend and my parents and we rented an apartment in the central parts of the city and decided to be climate-friendly and take the train there - which turned out to be a horrible decision. Our train was super-delayed and we did not manage to get in touch with our contact person at the apartment who was supposed to give us the keys so we arrived in Oslo in the middle of the night with nowhere to sleep. I would not recommend anyone doing that since it was a bit stressful, haha! Efter a while we somehow ended up finding another apartment hotel with an apartment available for us so everything went well in the end.
 
The next morning we realized that pretty much everything was closed due to a public holiday, but after some research, we found the restaurant Egon where we had a huge breakfast at their buffet. Loved the interior there!
 
 
 
After the breakfast buffet, we headed down Karl Johans Gate which is the main street in Oslo running all the way from the Central Station to the Royal Palace.
 
 
 
Our visit to the Royal Palace was brief and we left it quite quick and walked through an area filled with a lot of beautiful embassy building to the sculpture park Vigeland Park. It's the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist and there are more than 200 sculptures located in the park! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By this point our feet were pretty much killing us, so we headed for Aker Brygge to get some lunch and passed a lot of beautiful buildings on the way #thearchitectlover
 
 
 
At Aker Brygge we sat down at a restaurant called Lekter'n which was located at a pier by the water. Such a perfect spot to eat some sweet potato fries and rest our feet, haha! Bonus points to the restaurant since it also offered sunscreen to all of their guests which my Swedish winter skin totally needed. 
 
 
 
Filled with energy from the lunch we walked over to Akershus Festning, a 700-year-old fortress. If you have followed my travels for a while you know that I'm a huge fan of ruins and old buildings so I just adored this place and will write another post about it since I have a lot of more pictures to share!
 
 
 
The last spot on the "bucket list" for the day was Oslo Opera House. It was built in 2008 and is located in a part of a town I would like to refer to as "under construction" since they where building ultra-modern houses everywhere in the area. I must say that I like the look of the Opera House, but all of the building cranes everywhere totally ruined the feeling! It will probably be a really cool "futuristic" area in a couple of years when everything is done.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After all this, we headed back to our apartment and ate dinner at a Turkish restaurant just around the corner. We sat outside and ate when it out of nowhere started to rain like crazy and everyone had to run inside, carrying all of our belongings and plates at the same time which must have looked really funny, haha! After dinner, we headed home to the apartment and had Eurovision-night since it was the second semi-final that evening.
 
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