Day number 5 of our trip! We woke up in Oslo after sleeping in a little bit, knowing that we had a long day ahead. After checking out of the hostel and storing our luggage, we headed down to the Opera house. This Opera house is one of the most impressive buildings in Oslo not only because of it's design and location on the harbor, but also because it is built in such a way that allows visitors to walk out on the roof. It was spectacular!
|Oslo Opera House|
|View of the harbor near the Opera house|
|Inside of the lobby|
Let me paint you a little picture! We show up at the designated meeting spot and shortly before the posted starting time a man appears in baggy pants and a sweater with a large black cloth draped over his head. When he asks us if we're here for the free tour we reply with a hesitant yes. "I can see you, but you can't see me," he tells us. Kayli and I exchange a look that is worth a thousand words as discreetly as possible as he explains that he is a street artist and therefore doesn't want to be recognized. As the tour continues and he recounts the stories of his numerous arrests for various petty crimes, we begin to wonder about the real reason why his face may need to be concealed. All in all the tour was okay. It was definitely interesting to learn a bit about the underground culture of Oslo and to understand what some of the street art in the city means, but if you're looking for the more traditional tour of the city's historic landmarks with a guide who doesn't make you feel at least slightly uncomfortable throughout the duration of the tour, this tour isn't for you.
|At one point on the tour he took us up on a roof to look at the city from above a bit|
|Probably the coolest graffiti we saw|
The rest of the day we tried to spend as normally as possible, visiting a few more of Oslo's parks and making sure we hadn't missed any must-see spots before moving onto our next Scandinavian destination.