Melting heat in Oslo

Trip Start Jun 14, 2009
Trip End Jul 14, 2009

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ferry to Oslo
It’s a beautiful morning and we are excited to board our ferry for an 8 hour ride to Oslo.  We waited near our car to board the ferry with our car alongside campers, semis, cars and vans loaded with bikes and camping gear.  The other ferry next to ours is headed on a shorter trip to Sweden and apparently many Danes go to Sweden to shop because it’s cheaper.

Well, since we were novices we really didn’t know the routine. But apparently the thing to do was to secure the best seat either inside by the window or a good chair outside in the sun.  Well, we got a seat, just not the best one. The boat was a huge, new; ten deck boat so there was plenty of room. We really wanted to wander around a lot.  We also got a small room to store our lunch and backpacks in and to maybe take a rest later, although we really didn’t use it.

Of course we wanted to stand at the very front of the boat and watch the open seas.  It was refreshing and we met some other American’s from California who were traveling to Norway for their daughter’s wedding to a Norwegian.

On the boat we kept very busy on a great internet connection, reading, playing cards, playing slot machines and buying stuff in the duty free shop.

Once we spotted land again we parked ourselves on the upper deck and were wide eyed at the beautiful Norwegian coastline dotted with cute fishing homes or cabins.  We also spotted the fjord where Sandy’s ancestors on her dad’s side hail from, which is aptly named the Sandefjord.   We enjoyed the spectacular and dramatic scenery up the Oslo fjord so much that we were the last ones on the deck and when we got to our car, it was sitting almost alone in the boat. The ride went fast, was smooth and sunny, and full of distractions, and at rush hour, we arrived in the biggest Norwegian city of Oslo, about 5-600,000 people. 

We were surprised at how hot it was in Oslo and quickly learned that they were experiencing record heat, no wonder we were melting.  Our hostel, which was full of young people from all over the world, was in a diverse neighborhood with everything from trendy shopping to street people and run down buildings with ugly graffiti everywhere. This was a very busy hostel and very hot too. There is no air conditioning in hotels. But we did have a mini fridge and micro kitchen. We walked up the street for a Mexican dinner on the sidewalk with the worst margarita we’ve ever had then went back to our room to try and stay cool.  It wasn’t a very restful night with the heat and the traffic noise from the busy street below.  One thing we have learned from this trip is to ask for rooms not facing the street.

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sasaharty on

Re: Beautiful
Hey There, Thanks for all the responses, We 'are very fond of' (a Norwegain joke) hearing from you and knowing that you have been here seeing those sites. Was it hot for you? Hoping all is going well for you and looking forward to talking soon.
Steve and Sandy

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