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May 17 – Norway’s Constitution Day

17 May

Fun because:

1. _Everyone_ is out in the streets celebrating
2. It’s obligatory to eat ice cream, preferably with lots of whipped cream and strawberries
3. You drink champagne for breakfast
3. People get dressed up, and most Norwegians wear their bunads.
4. It’s a national holiday. Yay for red calendar days.

Pictures are from Oslo, today



Market in Bogstadveien

15 Apr

I was looking forward to see Bogstadveien emptied for cars and trams, as this is the best shopping street in Oslo with its great variety of both chain store fashion + designer labels. Twice a year there is a ‘car free’ Market in Bogstadveien. The next one will be in October. Too bad the cars and trams were replaced with 15x as many people, with their baby strollers ready to attack at any time.

Yesterday (April 14th) the long shopping street was filled with stalls, offers, eager bargain seekers, as well as parents(?) with baby strollers. The latter moved around with the speed of snails, constantly making abrupt and inappropriate stops in the middle of the road. I was run over by an empty twin stroller, which a woman was racing downwards the street. I felt like I was in the middle of a war zone. Maybe I’ll bring a stroller next time just for the extra space.

I was disappointed not to find any great clothing bargains; mostly the offers were for last seasons wool sweaters, or from the cheaper chain stores that pretty much give their clothes away for free anyway. Ended up buying Redken hair products + ham!

My verdict: 3/6
I don’t think I’ll go again as I returned home with more bruises than new clothes.

One Direction to Norway

28 Mar

This past Saturday there was some sort of all-girl(?)-team-rally in Oslo. They had banners and posters of the boy band One Direction, and the purpose was apparently to get One Direction to come to Norway. If you don’t know who they are, you’re not the only one, but I’m thinking about doing the same sort of thing for corn dogs to Norway.