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Tiger at Oslo S... Central trainstation

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.

A cute viking troll
It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and the sky was clear. It was a bit chilly though, as it was a little windy. When the wind comes in from the sea, it's seems colder then what it actually is.

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.
Another little cute troll

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.

I took a pic of him and 2 kids he were with. And he was a Patriots fan.. yaaay. I still can't believe they lost the Superbowl after 18 wins thru the season. Sidetracked.. sorry... lol. Shane talked to the guy for a little while, while I was on the phone with a friend of mine. Then I shot some pics of the Castle and the guards. The guards are part of a regime called Garden. They only work for the King, and have different tasks.  Oh, and the flag on the top of the Castle indicated that the King and Queen (or at least the King) were home.

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.

The Spikersuppa, skating rink
He even took the subway once up to Holmekollen. Let's see if the Queen of Britain does that... hahahaha....

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.

oldschoolbill says:
I saw you in Shane's blog standing with FDR, but I wasn't sure it was you untill now. Glad you had a good Day!
Posted on: Feb 18, 2008
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Tiger at Oslo S... Central trainst…
Tiger at Oslo S... Central trains…
A cute viking troll
A cute viking troll
Another little cute troll
Another little cute troll
The Spikersuppa, skating rink
The Spikersuppa, skating rink
Some seals outside the skating rink
Some seals outside the skating rink
The Royal Castle
The Royal Castle
One of the Kings Guards... hes pa…
One of the Kings Guards... he's p…
The peoples love. My reward
The…
"The peoples love. My reward" Th…
Karl Johans Gate
Karl Johans Gate
View of Karl Johans Gate from the …
View of Karl Johans Gate from the…
A lion statue guarding the entranc…
A lion statue guarding the entran…
Inside Peppes
Inside Peppes
Shane at Peppes Pizza
Shane at Peppes Pizza
Leftovers from our pizza at Peppes
Leftovers from our pizza at Peppes
Kjetil.. our waiter at Peppes. He …
Kjetil.. our waiter at Peppes. He…
statue on the wall.. and the light…
statue on the wall.. and the ligh…
...green
lol
...green lol
Oslo
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