"That's gymnasts, Murray." (Opera House)5. Battery energy drink! Not bad. Some more pics: *Website features ridiculous dancing woman. **I don't eat hot dogs. I've sworn off them for life. Because they are gross. I haven't had one in five years.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Oslo: crappy weather, expensive, new friends!
Burn energy drink* and promptly took a glorious nap on a leather couch in the restaurant in front of a big flat screen TV playing the Olympics. Then we got up in time to admire the fjord before we docked in Oslo. Once we figured out where the hell we were going in the city, the PR immediately had her ATM card eaten by the machine. In Norway. It was awesome. Also, it was like intermittent torrential rainstorms the first 36 hours we were there. But we were able to turn things around and enjoy ourselves. Although after being spoiled by Copenhagen, Oslo seemed really dirty, crowded, full of cars, and just generally more urban. But it is also hilly and green, and the outlying areas are particularly beautiful. Kind of reminded me of my home state of Washington (*tear*). Anyway, some highlights: 1. After dealing with ATM card-loss business (hooray for large immigrant populations and abundant internet cafes!), we ended up at a restaurant very, very close to our semi-sketchy hostel. We ordered the cheapest things on the menu, which were tacos (me) and a hot dog without a bun** which we accompanied with some Carlsbergs, since they were the cheapest beer listed that we recognized on the Norwegian menu. Anyway, while we bitched about how much everything cost, a lively group of younger people speaking mostly English sat down at the next table. We ended up asking them what something on the menu was and why it was so cheap, and were quickly informed that it was an alcohol-free beer. WTF? Why bother? But we got to chatting with them and they invited us over to their table. There was one local college student, a Finn (who was disappointed his country didn't warrant a stop on our "Scandinavian tour"), and several transplanted Spanish architects and engineers. The told us all the good sights to see, took us to another bar, and introduced us to Ringnes on tap. (Which they kindly bought for us after we had spent the last hour and a half complaining about how expensive Norway was and how the American dollar is worthless.) And it turns out one of our new friends is a blogger! ¡En español! And while José assured me that if I didn't understand it, I could just look at the pictures, I went there and could at least get the gist of his posts without having to use a translator. But I'm just good at reading like that. Anyway, check out The Nordic Connection for the latest on being a Spanish architect in Oslo. And thank god we met some cool people (who seemed to mostly catch my massive amounts of sarcasm), because the city and us really had got off on the wrong foot. Also, I got decently buzzed on beer (I had three!) for pretty much the first time ever. The Scream at the national gallery (for free!). We also had crazy cocktails at some random bar. I ordered mine because it was called a mango something-or-rather and I like mango, but then it was super peppery! Weird.