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A Day in Oslo – Part 2!

Hey Folks!

Did you read about my trip to Oslo part 1? If not click here 🙂

Although it was just a one day trip, we did visit a good number of places. I think it would be nice to stay in the place for two or three days to soak in the spirit of the city. Anyway, one day trip isn’t a bad idea either. I am looking forward to the most talked-about road trip to Norway 😀

One thing that fascinated me in Oslo was that I found a Tesla car in every direction! There were a greater number of Tesla cars in Oslo than in Stockholm I guess, hmmm. It is so nice to see the people being able to accept electric cars. Well, it’s a Tesla, what can I say!

Oslo has a very rich Viking history. In fact, Oslo is one of those cities that are claimed to be founded by Vikings. A walk into the Viking ship museum of Oslo will blow anyone’s mind. The museum is one of the world’s best-preserved Viking ships and findings that were excavated from the Viking tombs at Gokstad and Oseberg. The museum also has other discoveries from the tomb like sleds, small boats, household utensils and textiles. Here are some pictures…

 

This Viking ship was so enormous. can’t believe that the people who lived so many years before could actually engineer such a humongous marvel. The museum also plays an awesome movie that takes the viewer back in time and gives an immersive Viking experience. Check it out in 360 mode below 🙂 My favourite part comes at 3.57 in the video. Don’t forget to drag around the video if you’re viewing from your laptop.

Oh wait, this wasn’t all! we went to the Norwegian maritime museum, The Polar Ship Museum, Akershus castle, Nobel Peace Centre. We even walked past the City Hall and the parliament. The Holocaust Centre was the most depressing one. Pictures and information about the Auschwitz concentration camps made us feel so sad. So much so that we had to sit down somewhere to get back to the mood. Here are more pictures!

And now its time to see things in 360 again! Also, its time you meet my bestie, Nishita. The girl who inspires me!

I hope you enjoyed Oslo with me. It’s very funny that I have visited so many museums in Oslo but not in Stockholm yet. I am saving all that indoor stuff for the winter. What do you think?

See you soon!

Sindhu 🙂

Paranormal Activity in Stockholm!

Demons, ghosts, spooky witches, dead men, white walkers and of course clowns. Know what am talking about? No, Stockholm is not haunted, it’s the amazing Halloween!

Yesterday, we had the Stockholm’s annual Halloween parade at KungstrĂ€dgĂ„rden, organized by Shockholm.se. Very funnily, it was actually called “Shockholm – Scandinavia’s Largest Halloween Parade”, this event was indeed beyond all my expectations! The event started at around 3.30PM and went till 7, marching from the stage at KungstrĂ€dgĂ„rden to Gamla Stan, down Skeppsbron and back again to KungstrĂ€dgĂ„rden.

It’s November and days are getting darker every day. Fun gatherings like these definitely brighten up the mood. It wasn’t really surprising to see soo many Indians and people from every other nationality at the parade. It was amazing to meet new people in their scary costumes and to soak in some Stockholm-ness.

I met a lot of Indian ghosts too and this was what it was like…

“Hey, are you an Indian?”

“Oh yes! Are you an Indian white walker?”

“Haha, join the night king’s army!”

“Sorry, I support the king in the North”

HaHa, that was a super funny conversation we had. Sorry, if you’re not a GOT fan 😛

Here are some pictures from the event!

She is indeed Scary! That smile can give me nightmares!

Ghost Family!

The dead pirate is here!

Another spooky family!

These ladies can cast powerful spells!

PC : Mukund

They are dangerous!

OMG! That creepy balloon!

Aww, how so adorable! They were dressed for the Halloween too <3

Pure evil!

creepiness overloaded!

Don’t let their smiles deceive you. They are here to haunt!

Now, some aww so cute kids…

Gosh! they are too adorable… 🙂

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There were several performances and prizes were awarded to the best-dressed people. With spookiness and fun in the air, events like these must definitely not be missed.

By the way, hold on! Know how I went to the parade? you probably came across in the pictures. Anyway, here is another! Happy nightmares!

PC : Mukund

See you!

Yes! Oslo part 2 is on its way 🙂

 

A Day in Oslo!

Last month, my friend Nishita and I, decided to visit Oslo for a day. Yes, Just a day! Crazy, I know! So its one country ticked on the list and it didn’t even cost us much nor did it consume our time. How convenient it is to travel within Europe! 😀

While a road trip to Norway is something everybody talks about, we decided to take the Flixbus :P. It cost us just 200 SEK for travel. To be precise, 99 for one way ticket. Keeping an eye on the ticket prices and booking it well ahead is the trick!

With just a day in hand, we didn’t actually do much planning on what to do in Oslo. On reaching the bus terminal, we headed straight to the Oslo visitor centre which is basically an information centre for tourists.

Typically, one can choose between the two ways of going about with this whole tour thing, especially if you have got just one day like us 😛

  1. You note down all the places you’d like to visit, given the time you have and the time you’d spend in each place, plus the time to travel, and you can buy tickets for those places alone. ‘Course you need to buy your travel tickets.

or

2. Buy a one day Oslo pass- 315 Norwegian kroner including the student discount

We chose to go with the Oslo day pass. When we did the math, it made sense to buy a day pass because that cost us way lesser and it also includes the travel cost. It covers public transport for 24 hours and also includes free ferries to the museums. The pass covers the entry fee to most of the museums and many other tourist attractions, like the city hall, Akershus castle etc. Apart from these, the day pass covers many sightseeing tours, walking tours, and also gives you crazy discounts on shopping and dining.

So with a day pass and a map, we were all set to explore Oslo!!!

Boats, Ships, and Vikings would kinda summarise our trip to Oslo I guess. Oslo is flooded with rich Viking history that takes us back in time to a whole new interesting and intriguing Norwegian world.

Here are some pictures from Norsk Folkemuseum

 

 

The Kon-Tiki museum and the Viking Ship museum were my personal favorite.  The Kon – Tiki expedition was a journey by a raft made of Balsa tree trunk, across the Pacific ocean. The expedition was led by the Norwegian explorer, Thor Heyerdahl. The entire story of this expedition blows my mind, and I highly recommend you to at least read about it. The documentary film based on this voyage won the academy award in 1951 for the best documentary feature. So, you know what I mean.

I guess this post is getting longer, now. There is so much more we did in a day, stay tuned for the next post. Get ready to be mind-blown by the Vikings of Norway 😀

 

See you soon 🙂