July 9th, 10th 2010
Not much to say about Oslo. It’s quite pretty, things are expensive, everyone gets around on bus, quite a number of museums around. The only one I visited was the Viking Museum, which frankly, for its price, was disappointing. But then again, it’s nice to see some old wooden Viking ships.
Hostels in Norway love charging for essential extras, like bed linen. Linen is standard and included in every single hostel I’ve stayed at, except the ones in Norway. I had a room mate who was this older man who declined to name his original nationality (he told me to stop guessing when I tried). He is an EU citizen, probably from Eastern Europe, this much I could tell. He lived in America (somewhere in Washington state) and was kicked out of the country by immigration when they told him they made a mistake giving him his permanent residency years earlier, which I thought was quite messed up. He lost everything he worked for in the USA; house, possessions, car, social security etc. Then he went to live in London. He constantly talked about how much he could earn working in Norway, if they let him. In fact, I’ve met quite a few people on my Norwegian travels who are living in hostels while they look for work. The problem is, Norwegian employers want employees who can speak Norwegian, which is the stumbling block for most immigrants. The country is one of the richest and most stable in the world and has one of the lowest unemployment rates, which is what’s drawing in all these immigrants. Anyway, this guy wouldn’t stop griping about money and how hard life is, it made me realize how fortunate I am.
BTW, this guy slept in the bunk above mine. He snored very loud throughout the night. I was tempted on several occasions to kick his bed in the middle of the night.
Food wise, our room had a small stove and sink so I borrowed some pots/pans from the hostel and made pasta for my meals. Much cheaper than eating outside.
p/s: I think I forgot to allow the public to see my Bergen pictures so I just changed it. Check the Bergen pictures out if you haven’t.