Oslo - a new way of viewing the city
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Shane and I headed in to Oslo at around 1pm. I parked at the parking lot at Oslo S ( the Central trainstation), and we went inside. Shane had to exchange some money, so we went to Forex. ( If you ever need to exchange money, this is the place to go. They have a slightly higher exchange rate, but you don't have to pay any changing fee. Therefor you get more for your money. You find Forex on different places in the city).
We walked thru the old part of the Station, called Gamle Østbanehallen. As we got out on the other side, the first thing to catch our eyes is a tiger. I have seen it before of course, but never really paid any attention to it.
We then continued up the Karl Johans Gate, which is the main street in Oslo.
There's not very much to see at the beginning of the street. There were these cute trolls outside a souvenir shop, and we had to shoot some pics of them. Went inside to see if there were anything Shane wanted. Which it wasn't at that point, so we continued. I bought a jacket at a store called 'LeatherMan' and shane bought a pair of gloves. He was so chocked of the prizes and just couldn't believe how expencive it is here in Norway. it is expencive, but bare in mind that taxes ARE included. And foreigners will get some tax refund if they buy for more then NOK 315 in one store.
Anyways; after LeatherMan we went to Spikersuppa. They have an ice-skating rink there during winter season, and we shot some pics there. I almost wished I had my skates with me.. it looked fun. :o)
Right across the street from Spikersuppa, you find The Hard Rock Cafe. We went there to check it out. The guy who worked there sounded Swedish, but it turned out he was Italian/German. He had lived in LA for 10 years, and also in Sweden and some other places. He was a cool guy, and very helpful. Even though we ended up with buying nothing at that point.
After that we went up to the Castle. I know I have been up there before, but I usually never stops there to shoot pics. As we were up there, we met this guy from Boston.
The statue outside the Castle I believe is King Karl Johan - the first King of Norway. And the saying on the foot says; "The Peoples Love, My Reward". That's a great view to have for a King. The previous King, King Olav, was most deffinately a King for the people.
As we headed down Karl Johan again, we stoppen once again at Hard Rock, and Shane bought a gift for a friend back home. At this point we were getting hungry, and decided to go to Peppes Pizza. But we took the time to shoot some pics of the Parliament on our way, and also stop by a souvenir shop. They people who run it were very nice.
Peppes Pizza - my fav pizza ever!! I have eaten at Peppes since I was 13 or something, and I still love it. It's def the best pizza I have ever had. The waiter we had this evening was way cool. His name is Kjetil, and he's the best waiter I have ever experienced in any restaurant in Norway. He's polite, fun and easy to talk with.
This day ended with a visit back to the souvenir shop and Shane buying a hat with the Norwegian flag on. And he also bought some t-shirts at the souvenir shop at Oslo S on the way to the car.
We had a fun day in Oslo, and it was cool for me to see the city in a different view. We're not done with Oslo yet, since there so much more to see.