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The Real Oslo
By Trish Smith
12 October 2010

So what is Olso like? Really? My friends all asked me this when I arrived home.  The most common question was “is it expensive?”  Well, yes it is.  There’s no getting around it, it’s the most expensive city in the world.  The best advice I can give you, if you’re planning to spend a few days in Oslo, is to give yourself a generous budget and then stop thinking about the cost of things.  Don’t do the currency conversions in your head when you buy a coffee or a beer or pay for a bus ticket.  Just budget realistically, then forget about it.  Fortunately, it’s easy to do that in Oslo because it’s a great city and you just can’t help forgiving it for draining your wallet. 

What else is it like?  Oslo is a great city for walking around in.  It isn’t a huge city geographically, and the population is also quite small so you will notice it isn’t crowded.  The locals are friendly (I know this because I stopped about a hundred different people to ask for directions despite carrying a map at all times).  On that note, it’s a good idea to learn how to say a few key words in Norwegian – hello, goodbye and thank you at the bare minimum.  If you can’t manage more than that, the Norwegians will appreciate a polite request to please speak to them in English; they were always happily oblige. 

Oslo is serviced by a network of buses, trains and streetcars (trams) as well as taxis and ferries across the water.  You can purchase an Oslo Pass for 24, 48 or 72 hours and this will give you unlimited travel on all buses, trains, streetcars and ferries within ‘Zone 4’ which covers most of the downtown area.  It pays for itself within a few bus rides, so it is definitely worth getting. 

I spent five days in Oslo and to be honest I can’t wait to go back.  Oslo is like the effortlessly cool new kid at school who has all the nicest clothes, the coolest bike and the longest ponytail.  You want to get to know her better, and you want desperately for her to like you, too.  It’s modern but historic, clean but not boring, naturally beautiful and architecturally interesting, cultural and exciting and just an absolute pleasure to visit.  I loved Oslo, from the moment I stepped off the plane.

This is a random selection of pictures from Oslo.  All of these places I visited on foot, except for the last picture of the wooden boats – they were tied up next to the Kon-Tiki Museum which I had arrived at by Ferry.  The point is, Oslo is very easy to get around, and everywhere you go there are beautiful things to see. 






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