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Norges Bank

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  • Day1

    First steps in Oslo

    February 29 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    Tonight and tomorrow we will stay at a local City Box, a basic but stylish hostel-like accommodation with automatic check-in and spacious shared areas, ranging from kitchen to conference rooms to ping-pong tables.

    After a quick break we are ready to go explore Oslo, but first we need to fix two things:
    heal Ludo, both in the body and the stomach! Apart from the usual hunger, since yesterday he indeed has a swollen eyelid. Facing the abundant snowfall, we reach a mall offering all we are looking for: a pharmacy and a café. Unfortunately, it turns out that in Norway you can't get anti-inflammatory drugs without a prescription!
    Nonetheless, our pit stop at the café is a success: for the modest price of 10 euros, we get a matcha latte and a cappuccino, including some beautiful froth-milk decorations. Ludo's foam-drawn heart is so well done that it stays in perfect shape even when he scoops it out. ☕

    Now we are ready to face the winter cold of Norway!
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  • Day1

    Good night, Oslo!

    February 29 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

    The way back to our hostel gifts us with more magical moments. We end up waking backwards the same way we went earlier today, thus seeing the beautiful buildings of the Parliament and the Grand Hotel with the charming night atmosphere. When we finally reach our hotel, it's not even 7 pm: the night is still young (at least for Italians 😂) and we can indulge in a quick nap. However, the combination of the hard work week, the drop of adrenaline associated with the holiday beginning and the cold temperatures outside turn the "quick nap" into a 3-hour slumber 😴😴😴🙊

    When we finally wake up, it's almost 11 pm and we run out of our hotel trying not to fall on the abundant snow on the floor. Luckily we are not in Bavaria: here Shops are open after 8 pm and we kind of easily find a mini-market, where we buy some emergency provisions... For "just" 970 crowns, almost 97 euros! 💸💸💸😭

    Still recovering from the shock, we head back to the hostel, realising something truly unique of Norwegian traffic lights: if you can cross, there is one green man; but if you are supposed to stop, you get TWO standing red men. Apparently, yellow is not an option here...

    Anyways, considering that there is not a soul in sight (cars included), we can just ignore the puzzling traffic lights and make it back to our beloved City Box in no time.
    Being the only guests in the common kitchen (not so surprisingly, considering it's almost Midnight) we can fully enjoy the amenities of our accommodation, including a vending machine serving coffee, tea... and SOUP for 2 euros!

    Everything would be perfect, if only it wouldn't be for a weirdo disguised as a tall blonde in high heels who approaches us twice recommending to go to Scandic Hotels. It must be some kind of new guerrilla marketing strategies...

    Anyways, Day 1 is over. And it couldn't have been a whiter one! Tomorrow the museums and the Vigeland Park await us! 🤩
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