I left Canada for this?!

Trip Start Jan 17, 2007
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Trip End Aug 29, 2007


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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Hello!
I'm starting to question my sanity in leaving a cold country like Canada to come visit an equally cold country!
Oh well...what doesn't kill me will make me stronger...
This is my second time in Oslo [I think that I prefered it last time as it was warm...]
The first thing that comes to mind is Mcdonald's, Burger King and 7-Eleven's!
They seem to have spawned here and they are everywhere!
Oslo is famous for being expensive and trust me, it is not exagerated in the slightest!
Pizza's are $40, cheap meals are $15 - 20...don't even bother getting drunk because you will go broke first :p Even Sam, whos money goes twice as far as mine thinks that everything here is bloody expensive!
Our accomodations at the Anker Hostel are reasonable...they are fairly central in the city and the rooms are nice...I give it a three and a half stars out of five [as far as hostels are concerned]
If it sounds like I disliked Oslo, it's only because I was so bloody cold the whole time...I forget that at home, I just don't leave the house in the winter...
Before anyone goes to think that Oslo is terrible, think again...in summer, it is beautiful....It's also a very accessible city, as buses, trams and trains are impeccably on time and it is not too big to walk around to all the scenic areas...The major plus is that although the Norwegian language is completely incomprehensible to my untrained ear, more or less all the citizens of Norway speak flawless English!
Due to our limited budget, our tourist activities were limited...we saw the Akershus Slott [slott is the Norwegian word for castle], as well as the Viking Ship museum...It's amazing how huge the ships were, considering the technology that they had at the time...
My final note on Oslo is that it is a city worth visitng, albeit only for a day or two, as the costs are astronomic and there are cities where one's money could go farther...and in my mind, it's a lot like Canada: snowy, lot's of nature and bloody cold in the winter...
Cheers
Ali
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