it doesn’t always rain in oslo

I had to make a trip down to Oslo a few weeks ago for a meeting. It takes 30 minutes to get from my house to the airport, then a 1 hour flight and another 30 minutes from the Oslo airport into the city – thus 2 hours of travel time each way, not including airport waiting time, for a two hour meeting! Since I haven’t been to the “big city” since my first visit to Norway in 2009, I decided to take advantage of the trip and spend a few more hours there.

Highlights included:

SUN! My first trip to Norway included 2 stops in Oslo. Both times it was rainy, so it was nice to finally see Oslo in the sun.

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FRIENDS! My friends from Iceland (who I visited last year in Reykjavik) recently moved to Oslo. They invited me over to celebrate the Icelandic National Day with them and their adorable little children.


(picture blatantly stolen from Gretar)

STARBUCKS! This is currently Norway’s only Starbucks, at the Oslo airport. (EDIT: Another Starbucks opened up in central Oslo in late May). There is something comforting about the familiar. More Starbucks are arriving in Norway later this year. Not that I drink coffee…

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It was a successful meeting and a wonderful evening, but next time I think I need to stay a little longer and explore a little bit more!

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3 Responses to it doesn’t always rain in oslo

  1. Sharon says:

    Life without coffee?! I can’t even imagine the horror.

    • kelly p says:

      There is plenty of coffee here, just not from Starbucks! Norway is #2 in the world when it comes to per capita coffee consumption (after Finland). Must be the 2 official coffee breaks we have a day.

  2. I had no idea that there were barely any Starbucks in Norway! Not that I’m a big coffee drinker, but I’m moving to Bergen soon, so it’s comforting to know that coffee consumption in Norway is so high – despite the lack of the big coffee shop chain. 😉

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