Last night after the ballet we fell asleep quickly because we were so tired. Only to be woken up at 5am today by the girl who talks to herself in the dorm room. She was being loud so people eventually told her to be quiet, she got quite hysterical and got security! I think they were confused and also told her to be quiet…I don’t 100% remember this because I was so tired I nearly slept through it all, just remember a lot of shouting, but shannon got woken up.
We left the hostel by 10:30 today and we bought a banana for breakfast and some bread buns and chicken for dinner, before making our way to the tram. Today we went to Vigeland Park, which was about 20 minutes away on the tram and it was another beautiful day! Clear blue skies, but still very cold!
There were a lot of weird sculptures in the park, and the famous one of the baby crying:
Again, I feel like the sculptures were telling a story, but myself and shannon were not cultured enough to understand, just like the ballet. We wandered around and found a bench to have some lunch on.
We then made our way to Oslo City Museum, which we found out when we arrived was free yey! It was so cool, we gave in our locker key to get an Apple iPod with headphones that told you about things on the way around in English, they are very trusting here! We learnt a lot about Norway, about previous kings and the war etc. Very interesting! We watched a whole 20 minute video because a projector came down from the ceiling when we pressed a button so felt like we kinda had to watch it, it was interesting though!
After the museum we attempted to buy a coffee in the museum cafe, but we were confused on how to order so we just wrote our postcards in there and then ran away without buying anything. (100% I promise we are adults). Instead we went to another cafe in Vigeland Park which was easier to order. In the cafe we got 2 mochas and we spontaneously bought two weird looking things because we want to try new things while we’re away in each country. So we thought this was a norweigen delicacy. It turned out to be pizza folded in half. At least we tried!
We then spent a good 10 minutes trying to buy a new 24 hour tram ticket, we managed it in the end and then even helped a French lady with her ticket! We got the tram back to the centre and went on the hunt for the reptile house. We made our way through Norway streets and 15 minutes later we arrive at the reptile house. We follow the dinosaur footprints on the floor like little children, until we came to a halt around the back in a courtyard because there was just a man on his own sat there. He then points in a direction, which to us, looks like he’s pointing to where to just came. So we turn around, and try and find another entrance. We spend a good 30 minutes walking around the building, having to go all the way around the block, but no, no other entrance so we went back to where we was before. We creep around the back, praying the man has gone and he has. We wander further through, until we realise that just around the corner to our left is a door to the reptile house! The man was pointing to the door, not for us to turn around! I bet we looked like right plonkers!
We pay into the reptile house and they have insects, snakes, crocodiles, frogs, marmosets and other animals…including SPIDERS. They were horrible, honestly! We went upstairs and there was a member of staff holding a big snake, so me and Shannon had a hold, so weird, but kinda cute.
After I ran away from the spiders in the reptile house we walked around the centre and went in a few shops before finding out where the bus station is for tomorrow, as we’re moving on tomorrow. We got the tram back to the hostel and had a shower. We’re now completely chilling out because we’re both tired and we’ve had another busy but brilliant day! So we’re currently sat with the colouring books, a pack of cards and some Netflix series to watch before going to bed later on.
Roll on tomorrow’s adventure!
Things we’ve noticed about Norway:
-the people are really nice
-they have loads and loads of cranes (which we found out in the museum that they’re building a lot of residential areas)
-they love revolving doors