Day 37 – Climbing the Oslo Opera House, Monument Park, and Christmas Market

Today was an action packed day of cramming in free sights, mainly because Oslo is so expensive. We had a brief taste of that as we stored three bags at Oslo Airport for $46, then caught the train into town. Oslo was pretty cold and bathed in a light fog which covered the city and gave everything a particular watercolour-painting like view, especially the Oslo Opera House.

IMG_3194The Oslo Opera House is particularly famous for being able to walk up the roof of it, for nice views of Oslo’s harbour. However, since it was about zero degrees, we had to concentrate to the max to avoid slipping over on the marble coated with ice. While it was a slow journey up to the top, it was totally worth it. Not only is the exterior views amazing, seeing the sun rising behind the pipe trees on the hills above Oslo, with the rays of light creeping through the fog, that was quite a neat sight.

We then headed towards Frogner Park, commonly known as Monument Park, for its collection, of well, monuments. We walked to the park which was still bathed with fog. As the fog was slowly lifting, through the fog we saw about a hundred statues of naked people doing everyday things, crying, laughing, playing. In a park full of trees without leaves, the fog slowly rising, snow on the ground, this was truly a Winter’s day, something that doesn’t seem that natural for a New Zealander in December. My words don’t do the park justice, so check out the video above instead.

IMG_3222We then headed towards a random organic Christmas market we found, and decided to buy a beef burger. $18 each later, we had our burgers, which were indeed delicious. For $18, two bits of bread, beef, and onions, you’d hope it was super delicious. We saw the local bank’s tellers outside singing Christmas carols and offering people free drink and biscuits. I’m with Kiwibank, and I’ve never seen that happen.

The final destination of the day was the main Christmas market at Karl Johans Gate, which is the major shopping street in Oslo. At one of the street is the Royal Palace which like most royal palaces, looks beautiful. The Christmas markets were awesome, and filled with people. While about 90% of stuff is expensive in Norway, some things are weirdly reasonable in price. Turns out jerseys are one of them, and I ended up buying a Norwegian Jersey made in Norway with Norwegian wool for $100. That’s probably cheaper than the same jersey in New Zealand. Of course, Norway will never be Thailand when it comes to cheap, but at least some things are a reasonable price.

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