01 Sep 2015

Norway by savannahmius

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Finally, Norway lives up to it's rainy reputation. It's my second to last day and I finally had the chance to pull out a scarf, long sleeved shirt, and umbrella.

I had the day to myself to explore solo again, and then meet up with Arlene and Peder for a goodbye dinner. They have been the most incredible hosts. She may have even checked up on me more than my mom. I haven't left yet, but I already want to come back.

I might look sad, but the cooler weather actually made me kind of happy. I love exploring in the rain.

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The Akershus castle was the last big thing on my list of things I wanted to see. Just about everything is within walking distance in Oslo, so I followed some signs and made my way towards the castle.

On the way I stopped at the Opera House again and got the coolest hot chocolate ever. It was chocolate on a stick that you stirred into frothed milk. Wasn't too sweet or bitter, and kept me warm enough for the rest of the walk. It was also basically my lunch.

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So the fortress is pretty cool. Technically it's still an active Royal residence so not everything is made to look like it would have hundreds of years ago. I was the only person there aside from the employees and guards, and I was totally okay with that. Well, until I found myself all alone in the crypt. And the lights flickered. As it was raining and cold. Yeah - I ran the entire way up the stair and may or may not have freaked out a bit. But don't worry - I took a selfie first.

It was like that time in France where we were in the crypt that was only lit with lanterns and had creepy speakers that whispered things to you in French. I thought we'd reached the end and I leaned against a rail only to hear a voice start whispering in my ear. I literally screamed and then my sister did and everyone around us jumped. Then I realized what had happened and everyone started laughing - me included. Good times, good times.

The other rooms open for your were pretty neat as well. I loved the ancient tapestries and that awesome feeling of walking through history that comes with every old monument I visit.

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So I've still got hours left before I have to meet up for dinner. I can't sit outside in the park because the rain has gotten a lot more intense. I've seen everything that peaks my interest, and I'm almost too broke to do much else.

I found Oslo City and stayed there for a while. It's a giant, giant mall with multiple Starbucks on every level and more stores than I've ever seen in one place. I found an Oasis London store and got a shirt that I couldn't resist, then found a tea store. Tea stores are my weakness. I bought a lot of tea and smelled all of them probably twice. Thankfully the guy was very interested in me and where I was from so I wasn't too much of a bother - I hope.

There were also like 12 H&Ms. And not normal ones. There were ones just for athletic wear, hair accessories, underwear, and tops. Not even pants - just tops. I can't even remember if I got anything - it was all so different.

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Got tired of the giant mall and decided to go on a scavenger hunt for myself. Looked up some significant buildings and hunted them down. My two favorites were the National Theater and the parliament building.

Still have over an hour to kill. It's not enough to really go anywhere, so I've decided to just stay in this general vicinity and wait it out. And try to find the restaurant. That would probably be a good idea, too.

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Dinner was at this cool Asian inspired restaurant and was like 5 courses. Arlene's other son also joined us and we got along really well.

I'm so sad to go, but previous commitments are calling. Norway is beautiful and full of so much more than I got to see. I'm already planning a return trip sometime in the future.

I took the train back with Peder and Arlene and it was still raining the whole way. It was a long day and I only sat down twice, so sleep sounds pretty great.

Picture of dessert, which was amazing.