So I’m back in LA, and have been busy doing fun things, but it was about time to blog about when Sally came to Norway. Here’s our adventures:
Sally came to visit me at the end of February, and as she has never been to Norway before, it was natural that we’d take a trip to the capital.Since I get a fairly good discount on all hotels that belongs to the Quality chain, I booked a hotel room, with two coworkers and planned a nice evening out in Oslo.
We met Hanna at a cafe and had a cuppa while waiting for Eunike, who was on her way. We decided we were going to go for dinner at a TJI Friday’s and met Eunike on the way there.
My two beautiful and wonderful coworkers from the hotel, Hanna and Eunike. Waiting in the bar until our table got ready.
Finally we got our table, and I had to capture it as it was candy cane coloured.
Showed Sally around a little bit and she got to say hi to Henrik Ibsen outside the National theatre, which was a big moment. I captured it nicely I think.
But it might have been an even bigger moment when Beckam showed up on the underground, Sally had to help him adjust his goodies, as they were a bit misplaced.
We finally go to the hotel, Quality hotel 33, and we had so much fun checking in with the receptionist, with a lot of internal hotel-geek jokes, from three receptionists to another.
Checking out the standard of our hotel rooms and discussing differences from our lovely Quality hotel in Sarpsborg.
I love staying at hotels, I love having a shower in a clean bathroom, with a clean floor, dry myself off with clean fluffy towels, and go to bed in clean sheets with lovely clean fluffy pillows.
The bar was pretty cool with a nice view. I guess that’s about the only thing that was better at their hotel.
Checking out the dancefloor is important.
The morning after, Sally got to know the slippery slopes of Norway’s icy roads. Sliding down the bridge, literally, as there had been no salting or sand.
I really wanted to take her to my favourite place in Oslo, the sculpture park, ‘Vigelands parken’
Sally next to the most famous pice in the park “Sinnataggen” this angry little boy has quite a history, and is somehow the most famous piece. Its not my favourite piece however.
There are so many amazing sculptures in this park. I’m really proud of it, it’s not really typically Norwegian, but I think it’s way ahead of its time and it expresses so many basic, pure and beautiful and dark things.
Barely hanging on.
When in Norway, might as well pop by Sweden, especially when you live so close that you can get there in about 20.min. so Melissa, who’s just FINALLY gotten her Norwegian drivers licence through, gladly accepted the task
She drove us across the border, over the bridge and to the biggest shopping mall closest to the border Nordby.
Going to Sweden to buy cheap alcohol, meat and candy is a part of Norwegian culture, especially down south east as we are so close to the border, and the prices are so good, that it’s worth the drive. It is called “Harry handling” which is kind of a snorting-looking down on the working class man who goes to Sweden to save money way of looking at it.
But WERE not ashamed of our Swedish trips! We took Sally to the candy shop. I think the Toblerone’s what got her convinced.
Melissa looks happy with her big bag of candy.
Cozy time in my bedroom.
Tingeling, my pandabear got to try on my Victoria’s Secret Bra. He looks good in it.
Dinner at Dickens,SUCCESS!
Sally is a great cook, and decided on making a meal for me and my mum, from one of her own mothers recipe book.
I tried helping out, by crushing the crackers. I think I did a good job. Im not a star in the kitchen, but man, I can crush.
Tig wanted to help out too.
It was a lovely chicken caserole and Sally just made me want to marry her as she was working with the food.
Chicken and brokkoli, with a chicken soup with mayo mixed in it, and the crackers on top.
My mum was super excited. And it tasted sooooo goood…
We went to visit my sisters house in Varteig. I had ordered my sisters special dairy chocolate cake…
My nephews hyper and happy to see me as usual
The nut house
Sally trying the cake…. she loved it and felt sad that she couldn’t make it in London as they don’t have the right ingredients.
Sally played a few tunes on the piano for us.
The weekend calls for a night out or two,
And there is NO better place than Neptune Pub with our pal Raymond, the bartender and manager of our regular place.
Then we were lucky enough to get some free VIP tickets through the hotel, to a Sparta Warriors game, and a free dinner.
An excellent free meal with a superb view over the rink and as much coke as I wanted…. AWESOME.
When it was right before the boys was going to storm in we went to our seats, (first row right behind the players bench) and I was super excited…
Our mate Mats is one of the players, and he is super talented.
It was fun seeing him in action.
Hockey is a violent and exciting game.
The game was against Stor Hamar, the beginning of seven games against them, and sadly…. we lost. But it was very close.
The last day came, and we ate Norways favourite dish, Grandiosa. A tasteless, mild pizza, that somehow still is really good. And with mummys greek salad, anything works. Good times with friends, and my niece Victoria, just a few days before I sodded off back to LA.