Two Days in Oslo
Hei og velkommen tilbake...
Long distance can be really tough, trust me I should know. Between my partner and I there are 5,333 miles and a time difference of 7hrs. Unfortunately, this is all just a part of life when it comes to musicians. Our job market is worldwide and we go where the work is. Luckily, this week we finally found five days free which excluding flight times meant we had a whopping two days together! Can you believe it, after almost four months apart?
So, I took the nineteen-hour journey to Oslo! It was my first time in Oslo and I fell utterly and completely in love with the city (company wasn't too bad either!) So, this fortnight's post is going to be a bit of a whistle stop tour of all the things you can cover in 48hrs in the beautiful capital of Norway.
1. The Vigeland Sculpture Park
As our first stop in our Oslo adventure, it's only fitting we begin with the "world's largest sculpture
park created by one artist". The life's work of Gustav Vigeland, this park contains more than 200 sculptures. One of the most impressive statues in the park is the 18-metre-high monolith, containing 121 figures carved from one single granite block. What makes these sculptures so striking is that all the subjects are naked. The reason for this is rather poetic, Vigeland's main theme for the park is the "circle of life". He wanted these sculptures to remain timeless.
I found these works of art breath-taking. The way they depict normal human bodies; curvy, ageing, beautiful bodies, in a world where we're obsessed with image these were a real must see.
2. The Museum of Cultural History
Okay, we really didn't do this one very well! Currently the museum is undergoing restoration work which means that the exhibition we were really excited to see, Víkingr, was closed. This resulted in one of us being a little bit disheartened (crushed, really) as who doesn't love Vikings! But we decided to still see what else the museum had to offer. We saw Egyptian mummies, coins, lots of artefacts from America and the Arctic. It was still good to see, but I really would recommend coming back when it's fully open again in 2020.
3. Norsk Folkemuseum
This was incredible! The Norsk Folkemuseum shows how people lived in Norway from 1500 to the present. It's an open-air museum where you can walk around and inside homes, farms and shops from the past. The jewel of the museum was the Stave Church from Gol. A wooden church that was stunningly decorated inside with wall paintings and the most intricate carvings on the outside. The weather was predictably awful that day but the buildings were so mesmerising that you really forgot all about it. Then when the cold really couldn't be ignored any longer, we just ran into the cafe and had some scrumptious hot chocolate!
4. The Christmas Market (obviously only seen in the run up to Christmas)
Finally! A proper Christmas Market! It was something I was desperate to tick of my list when I landed. Until this week the only "Christmas market" I'd seen this season was a Pokémon themed photo opportunity market in Time Square. But this in Oslo was the proper thing. We had real snow falling, open fires with logs and rugs round the sides and a talking moose to top it all off. I was bursting with excitement and couldn't let the opportunity pass to try my Norwegian. So, I tried ordering a Julepølse (a Christmas bratwurst is how I would describe it) and well honestly, I got most of it wrong, I just got overexcited! But good news... every time over the two days when I tried my Norwegian, everyone was really encouraging, they seemed genuinely happy that I'd tried. So, if you're learning Norwegian, you have no excuse to not try it out.
5. Norges musikkhøgskole
As it's a musician's blog, you knew this was coming didn't you. Seeing as it's my partners place of study, it would be rude not to take a sneak peek around. Honestly it was great! You walk straight into the trendiest cafe I've seen in a music college and then it's off to the concert hall and they have ample practice rooms! It made me really miss studying and I may have fantasied a little bit about an Art Dip... whoops! But the main thing I loved was that I finally got to see where the bulk of our long distant phone calls had taken place between lessons and rehearsals.
And then before you blink, I was back at the airport checking in my luggage, waving goodbye to the snow and drinking my last hot chocolate before saying goodbye (yet again) to my better half before flying back to Asia.
Till next time Oslo!
I hope you've found this post a nice little interlude from The Graduate Interviews. Have you guys ever been to Oslo? What did you go and see? Comment below or drop me a message.