View of Karl Johan's Gate in Oslo
After visiting Stockholm, we knew that Oslo
had a lot to live up to.
After such a charming city as Stockholm, the big, dirty city feel of
Oslo became even more prominent. Its one major street, Karl Johan's
Gate, became our only means of finding entertainment. If I were to sum
up our trip to Norway with one word, it would be "wandering." Wandering
to find things to do, wandering to find the coast to watch the sunset,
wandering to find things to do at night. Throughout our trip to Oslo,
we found ourselves in a perpetual state of lost. I am being harsh.
There were some enjoyable parts to Oslo as well (and even more so if we
had been there in the summer when more things, like ferries to the
fjords, had been open) like a really cool sculpture park on the
outskirts of the city, or the island of Bygdøy and it's charming tea room, or Grünerløkka,
which is considered to be the "Greenwich Village" of Oslo with its
square and charming restaurants.
But overall, Oslo left a bit do be
desired. What our trip did for me, though, was give me more of a reason
to go back and visit another Norwegian city, knowing the charm of
Decorah, Iowa, which reeks of its Norwegian heritage, must have been
inspired by a village somewhere in Norway.
Inside the fortress in Oslo
In the meantime, I will
always look back on our trip with fond memories. Though the cities
themselves had somewhat of an impact on how much we enjoyed the trip,
the group with whom I traveled were the major contribution to how much
fun I had during the week. I think one way to measure how a trip went
is to identify which emotion emerges when reminiscing about that
experience. And when I look back on this trip, I will always remember
it with a smile and often, with a laugh. :)