“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”

More of the courtyard outside the central station
Courtyard outside the central station
Just a part of the Oslo skyline
Just a part of the Oslo skyline
Scuba sculpture in the waterfront
Scuba sculpture in the waterfront
Waiting to get on the plane in Stagnated
Waiting to get on the plane in Stagnated
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Oslo waterfront
Oslo waterfront
Nobel Peace Centre
Nobel Peace Centre
Oslo waterfront
Oslo waterfront

As it happens, I had beautiful weather while I was in Oslo last week. Two things are striking about any visit to Oslo: it is beautiful, and it is expensive. I was there during the off-season, so a lot of the tourist-y things were not open or not running as often as in summertime, which suits me fine. I was able to visit some museums and enjoyed several strolls around town. I also took a public transportation ferry out among the islands in the Oslo fjord and was delighted by the views from the boat. The street art (both legal and illegal) was particularly fascinating and varied. You can see some of the images from my visit below.

Courtyard outside the Central train station
Courtyard outside the Central train station
One of the views out in Oslo fjord
One of the views out in Oslo fjord
One of the views out in Oslo fjord
One of the views out in Oslo fjord
One of the views out in Oslo fjord
One of the views out in Oslo fjord
One of the views out in Oslo fjord
One of the views out in Oslo fjord
This new sculpture, outside the Central Station, is entitled Smash Naziism by Bjørn Melbye Gulliksen. The hammer is smashing a swastika. It honors the efforts of the Osvald Group as part of the resistance during World War II.
This new sculpture, outside the Central Station, is entitled Smash Naziism by Bjørn Melbye Gulliksen. The hammer is smashing a swastika. It honors the efforts of the Osvald Group as part of the resistance during World War II.
These beautiful flowers were everywhere in the city.
These beautiful flowers were everywhere in the city.
Monument to FDR, who said of Norway in 1942:
Monument to FDR, who said of Norway in 1942: “If there is anyone who still wonders why this war is being fought, let him look to Norway. If there is anyone who has any delusions that this war could have been averted, let him look to Norway; and if there is anyone who doubts the democratic will to win, again I say, let him look to Norway.”
Oslo Domkirke
Oslo Domkirke

Flying in Europe is an interesting experience. The London airports (LHR, LGW, LCY, LTN, & STD) use a purgatorial approach to gates: you wait in a lounge area (after the obligatory walk through Duty Free) until your gate is posted. Then you rush to your gate before they close the doors. As a reasonably able-bodied sort, I find this stressful. I can only imagine it is more so for folks who have more trouble getting around. I used to travel full-time for work in the States, so it seems like I’ve spent a lot of time in my life queuing up to get on airplanes. Airlines in the US have a needlessly structured approach to this process. The European airlines use a more straightforward approach – they still have Priority lines, but everyone else just lines up and gets on the plane in the order they lined up. That’s it. If you fly one of the budget airlines (Easyjet or Ryanair), you board the plane via stairs on the tarmac, and your boarding card tells you which set of stairs to use (front or back) based on where your seat is. I can only assume the limitation of jet bridges adds to the cost, so they’ve done away with them.

Title quote: Norwegian saying

I saw a piece by this artist in the East End in London - this one in Oslo is exquisite as well.
I saw a piece by this artist in the East End (see it again on the right)  in London – this one in Oslo is exquisite as well.
This exquisite piece was stenciled on a doorway in several layers. It was illegal at the time, but the owners liked it enough to keep the art when they got a new door.
This exquisite piece was stenciled on a doorway in several layers. It was illegal at the time, but the owners liked it enough to keep the art when they got a new door.

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