10/3: Oslo, Norway
This Norway trip was planned just 1-2 weeks before we left for it. The main purpose of our Norway trip was to catch the Northern Lights as the season was ending soon. The trip started on a bad note but I had learnt so much from it. I guess this is what traveling does to you. You must forcibly pick yourself up from where you fall and you learn something from it in the process.
We spent 2 days in Oslo but wasted the first day because I only arrived in the evening. I had went to the toilet to poop and return only to discover long queues at the check-in counters in London's airport. I waited for half an hour and the queue did not move at all. I was late by about a minute or two and it was such a terrible feeling to see my plane still parked at the departure gate and me not being able to board it. Those minutes of waiting felt like hours. It was such a long and terrible day and I was so glad to finally meet Sherm safe and sound in the hostel. We then went out to get some food from the supermarket to settle our dinner. What a start!
Norway is indeed one of the most (if not the most) expensive city in the world. A fast food meal in McDonalds can cost almost SGD$20. I got quite a shock when I saw the menu. We usually settle for supermarket food for our brunches. Burger King's cheeseburger costed about SGD$4 and I had it twice during the trip. I don't think I've eaten Burger King's cheesebuger before?
This building did not look like a shopping mall at all and we did not enter because we didn't know.
The roof of Oslo Opera House was so (if there's such a word..) minimalistically beautiful.
We managed to catch the changing of guards at the palace.
Nobel Peace Center
Coffee was mediocre but it was such a lovely moment to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee without caring about anything in the world. I have always imagined sitting outside a cafe in cold weather, people-watching and warming my hands up with a cup of good coffee. Close enough.
Sherm's main of whale steak. Apparently, only whaling from the minke whale species is permitted as they are supposedly a sustainable species. Texture of the whale steak was very similar to beef steak but the colour and taste were much richer. It did not taste gamey too.
Some stuff we got from the supermarket - wheat biscuits, potato salad, prawn mayonnaise salad, and smoked salmon. I settled the bulk of my dinner from the supermarket because I had wasted so much money on the missed flight and also because I felt I did not deserve a good meal. *sigh*