Europe Diaries: Oslo, Norway
Finally the time has come to share with you my incredible journey through Europe! Even though I wrote a journal of the whole experience it still feels so difficult to put everything into words and at least keep it brief enough for a few blog posts, but I will try my best to divide it into the cities I visited. The whole trip was planned around a fashion marketing course I enrolled in at Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy. The classes would start on June 29 so I planned my arrival to be a week and a half before in Oslo, Norway to visit my friend Karoline, whom I met in while studying in Albany the year before. I got on an airplane on June 15th and about 14 hours later arrived to find out my luggage had not yet arrived with me, which was actually a carry on that they checked in free for me in San Juan, but luckily I carried a backpack with enough change of clothes and all the most important items I needed for this city. With that said and adding that it was pretty cold there I just wanted to give a heads up that my outfits were not like what you're use to seeing. I kept it practical, comfy, and warm at least while in this city and the next. By the way, the luggage arrived the last day I was staying in Oslo, but what the heck.
Anyway, back to Oslo. I had an amazing time with Karoline there, she was such a great host! She picked me up at the central train station and showed me where she worked. While she finished her shift I walked around the city and then we headed to her home where we shared the most delicious salmon I've ever tasted for dinner. After that we caught up for hours, literally. The next day she surprised me with an amazing spread for breakfast that also included salmon and new flavors of cheese, jams, and breads I really liked. We then started exploring the city. I saw the queen and king's castle, I visited Karoline's school, did a little shopping, and saw the magnificent opera house by the harbor. We had walked quite a lot so after the opera house we headed back to her home, where just as the night before, we stayed up all night catching up and this time it was even better with beers! On my third and last day in Oslo we went to Vigeland Park, filled with the naked sculptures by Gustav Vigeland you see on the pictures below. It was so beautiful and so much fun as you can see thanks to Karoline. After the park we went to Akershus Fortress, a site that makes you feel like you've traveled back in time with an amazing view of the harbor. One of my favorite pictures, which is the one above, was taken there. This was just the beginning of my great European eventyr (adventure in Norwegian) and I was so excited for what was going to come next: Germany, with the rest of the Albany gang! Until the next post, enjoy!