I don’t think I’ve ever wasted so much time finding accommodation.
The only two hostels in Oslo were booked up Friday and Saturday nights. Standing in the Tourist office I pinned my hopes on a quick airbnb response in light of my emergency couch being super unresponsive.
Luck with airbnb was on my side though- upon finding a room I got myself settled and my great host offered me some coffee and brunost Norwegian cheese (brown cheese).
I’m always wary in the beginning of meeting new people but this guy was a real traveler. Going by himself and traveling as often as possible, he spent a month in the Philippines and has been to china and Cambodia.
We walked up to Ekeberg park, overlooking Oslo fjord and harbour. On the way back we passed some statues (Oslo’s favourite thing) and the bridge where Munch was inspired to paint the scream.
My first full day I walked past the new opera house just to look around. At the entrance I was given a pamphlet written in Norwegian but with some sort of schedule on it.. For free open house activities! Home of the opera and ballet I got to see snippets of singing grandly in the foyer and dance pieces from the new show. Getting to see the ballet was extra special since I only saw the last 5 minutes of “so you think you can dance” on tv before I left that morning.
Afterwards I managed to end up on the most radical street tour I’ve yet been on. Advertised as a free Oslo tour it, our guide was an anarchist-artist and led us through the city looking at street art and talking a bit about cultural history in the area. Atop an art school overlooking the city we all imitated the scream.