When we started our trip from Bavaria via Rostock, Copenhagen and Gothenburg to Oslo, I intended to be grateful for small mishaps: I really thought I´ll be saved from greater ones (oh god, please no car problems!!!) with that awesome plan.
Well, Oslo – the starting point for our journey around the south of Norway – tried to show off from the beginning.
First we got caught up in the traffic jam on our way to the airport, so our friend was already waiting for us there.
After getting to our hotel, we were lucky enough to find a parking garage right next to it. Since we had no precise idea how the payment for the parking has to be settled, we went to the hotel reception first to get some information. Here we were told that we have to pay directly at the parking machines and we should do it right now. So after only a few minutes we´ve been back at our car – and? Yes, as you can probably guess, a ticket was already waiting for us. 760 NOK fine, for parking five minutes without paying. We´ve been quite upset for the next few hours, even if it was just around 8 Euros, and discussed whether we should pay or not.
Maybe you already having an evil grin on your face right now as you figured out our mistake, all others – a surprise is waiting for you (and us) further down.
Let´s explore Oslo
However, we didn´t want to let our mood be completely messed up and went for a walk to the city center.
There the atmosphere was lightened up with a bizarre event.
Next to a pretty long fountain a naked man came running toward us and jumped into the water. His style model was clearly Jesus! Of course the crowd was huge and everyone laughed. However, the pleasure – don´t expect to see images – was only about half a minute, because the local police already chased and caught the nudity enthusiast. The audience applauded – the two young (and handsome) policemen just rolled their eyes. Honestly, it seemed a bit as if that happens often here.
On our second day we went on a bigger sightseeing tour around Oslo, but in a fairly relaxed pace. After we walked to the opera, we spent quite a long time along the Akershus Fortress, and then at the harbor. I always feel best when surrounded by water. When we later came to the Royal Palace, the changing of the guard was on. I have seen such processes already in other countries and even if I´m fascinated by this somehow, I´m not impressed that much in the end. I just don´t understand the meaning at the present time – apart from the show effect, I guess.
The park surrounding the palace is perfect for a break – total recommendation!
Let´s talk again about that fine
Now let´s come back to our 8 Euro fine. Since the plan is to eat only our existing supplies, we decided to enjoy a last decent dinner at the Hard Rock Café in Oslo. While I bite into my delicious quinoa burger, my friend suddenly gets a flash of genius: The fine was about 760 NOK? Then it isn´t 8 euros, but 81 euros!
Believe me, my jaw dropped.
How stupid could I be that I didn´t realize my mistake in converting the amount? And how can we get to pay 81 euros for five minutes of parking? Well, finally parking in Oslo cost for two days 130 Euro! That’s what I call well played, City of Oslo! Not entirely fair, but respect, I wish I could earn money that easily.
On the other hand we learned from that. From now on, always one stays at the car while the others go to the hotel to ask for information. And we really figured out that it is probably the best not to provoke our luck and keep to the speed limit – I don´t want to imagine what driving 5 km/h too fast would cost.
As beautiful Oslo may be, after our days in Copenhagen, it now must bear a comparison with the Danish city.
And I´m sorry it loses some points. Of course, Oslo is a slightly larger town with more inhabitants, but Copenhagen is generally more charming, it seems safer and cleaner. Nevertheless Oslo definitely has its attractive side and provides cultural possibilities, but also some relaxing places.
For now I’m looking forward to lots of nature around the fjords 🙂