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Cafe Sorgenfri, Oslo, Norway

On the flight to Oslo I had a nice conversation with the guy in my row.  Since we were staying in the same area of Oslo we decided to meet up later.

So after checking in to our respective hotels, I met up with him to get some dinner.  He’d been to Oslo before so suggested walking over to the Akker Brygge area and seeing what looked good.

It was a pretty neat area, near to the museum of Modern Art.  Lots of new condo buildings, it looked quite fancy.  There were many restaurants, and not surprisingly, they were offering options like grilled steaks, Japanese sushi, Italian or Spanish tapas.  It seemed inappropriate to eat non-Norwegian the first night there so we looked around for something a little more ‘local’.

After making almost the entire loop we saw Cafe Sorgenfri … the menu mentioned something about Norwegian specials — bingo!  It also helped that they had nice outdoor seating, and the weather was amazingly mild even at around 10:00PM in early September.

Outdoor seating at Cafe Sorgenfri, Oslo, Norway

Outdoor seating at Cafe Sorgenfri, Oslo, Norway

It was fairly easy to choose: I selected the halibut entree and he, not being too hungry, chose the halibut appetizer.  And beers, 0,6 liters of course (not that weak 0,4 liter option).  Pictures after the jump!

Serendipity… Part 1/2

Hi from Copenhagen!  So I am falling a bit behind on processing my pictures, so those will come later… but I thought I’d share a cool story about traveling.  Like so many things, the best things are often unexpected.

So two days ago I was in Oslo and thinking “Tomorrow I need to get to Copenhagen”.  I had planned to take a Swedish railway (SJ) train, which even with no transfers takes about 5 hours and 50 minutes.  Also, it is generally around US$55 for a 2nd class ticket, so I figured I’d just pay and save a Eurail pass day.

The complication at the time was that I was taking a whole day to do the Flamsbana plus a fjord cruise (for another post).  I would return to Oslo around 10:30PM, and I had found some trouble booking SJ trains online (more an issue with my Visa card) plus I wanted to book some following night trains (also a bit iffy online when also using a Eurail pass).

Anyway, I figured I’d be back in Oslo Central station by 10:30PM, and their ticket office closes at 11:15PM, so I’d sort it then.  And I did get back in time.  Thing is, Oslo Central has the NSB train ticket office, which did book one of my night trains.  But they couldn’t do SJ trains.  No problem though, there’s an SJ train kiosk over there!

So I use the kiosk, but now it looks like the train ticket will be about US$70, plus maybe US$5 to reserve a seat.  Now we’re getting into Eurail pass-worth territority!  Being bushed from a long day on the train already (about 14 hours) I give up and go check in to the hostel.  Oh yeah, to save money I had switched from a regular hotel to a hostel after two nights in Oslo.

Oslo Opera House

One of the highest rated attractions in Oslo is the Opera House.  It is situated very close to the central train station as well as my hotel, the Comfort Hotel Boersparken.  So after checking in I walked over to take a look.  Located on the water, I first stopped across the way for some pictures.  There is a promenade with benches and a little park, with a good view of the Opera House:

Oslo Opera House from across the water.

Oslo Opera House from across the water.

All of a sudden I saw this guy going by on his old-school bike.

Out of nowhere, a gang of bikers.

Out of nowhere, a gang of bikers.

There appeared to be a bicycle club of some sort, including other antique bikes.  I headed over to the Opera House itself and there they were again… 

Welcome to Oslo!

I made it!  Left Oakland International Airport yesterday on Norwegian Airlines.  Fairly uneventful flight on a nice Boeing Dreamliner. I had a couple of hours in Oslo after landing and getting to the hotel, but I will post again on that.  For now, it’s just after midnight so time to get some sleep!    

And so it begins…

Welcome to my blog! I started this due to popular request as a way to share my travels and photography, and especially my travel photography. Hope you enjoy following along as I simultaneously attempt long-term travel and blogging.

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