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Oh Oslo!

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Remember when Luke and I nearly strangled each other over how to find our apartment in Germany? He drew the brave card and figured we could walk the "short" distance (in the dark streets of Frankfurt to a place we've never been before). I drew the paranoid card and was most interested in being overly-safe. After he was done marching and I was done talking - we mutually agreed to get a cab to end the pain, avoid dragging the kids through any more alleys, and bring to light the fact that we were so far away from our place that it wasn't even funny. That took care of that. This time around, as we were debating a cab to our place "close to the station" in Oslo, Luke referred to one of numerous lessons in Wildland Watchout, which has set the standard for our us. In theory, you don't fight fires that you haven't seen in daylight (or don't head to houses at night that you haven't been to). Perfekt! We got off the train late evening and grabbed a cab to take us to our flat on the waterfront. Nice and easy, Gearhard. We settled into this 2 bedroom IKEA-furnished place as if it were our own - including pouring mugs of green tea and washing every piece of laundry in our backpacks. The beds were incredible and we've mastered most - if not all - of the variations of shower heads here. Ahhhhh, it was like a night at the spa!

We were surprised at the feel of Oslo and the noticeable change in people. Although the downtown / waterfront is under crazy construction, the city is clean and well-kept. We had expected rain and were pleasantly surprised by the warm weather! We spent our day exploring via foot and bus and saw people of all sorts, including street performers, runners, gypsies, babies in buggies, and endless amounts of children on field trips! We spent time at the Opera House, the Palace, sauntered our way through the beautiful naked statues of Frogner Park, and checked out the Viking Museum - to name a few. We made it back to the waterfront in time to thoroughly enjoy beer and burgers at one of many restaurants tucked in next to our flat. Many restaurant patios come equipped with sheepskins and heaters, which seems to be a must here! Love it! We headed back for a late night at "home" - which brought 2 Disney movies (the kids were excited to find English!), including Hannah Montana. Is it odd that we can all sing along to the Hoedown Throwdown? Nah! Sov godt!

Posted by akgearhard 06:39 Archived in Norway

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