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2nd July 2015

Rudolph the tasty reindeer
Posted by at 9.12pm | No responses | Out and About

Oslo Pass

I had bought a 72-hour Oslo Pass, which for 590 kr (about £50) gave me free entry to loads of museums, unlimited travel on Oslo’s public transport system, and discounts in a number of restaurants. On Friday evening it was the latter feature that was of most interest to me. I had eaten a Boots Meal Deal on the plane, but it was now nearly 7pm and I was hungry.

The pass booklet recommended Kaffistova – “serves traditional Norwegian food and is one of the oldest cafés in Oslo”. It was near my hotel and offered a 20% discount to Oslo Pass holders. I made a beeline for it.

The café itself is self-service – take a tray, get it loaded up with food and return to your table. There were various delightful sounding options on the menu – steamed salmon, shrimp sandwich – but “Reindeer cakes with potatoes and mushroom sauce” jumped out at me.

I can honestly say it was the best reindeer I’d ever tasted. Kind of venison-y. It was very tasty, in any event. I wolfed it down quickly, but not before putting a photo on Instagram. Yes, I’m a wanker.

Reindeer Cakes

Suitably nourished, I headed back out onto Oslo’s streets to explore a while. It was a warm, clear evening and Oslo looked especially lovely bathed in the light of the slowly-setting sun. I wandered with no particular route in mind, but passed many of the city’s landmarks as I did so.

The University of Oslo’s law faculty:

University of Oslo

The Royal Palace, situated in Slottsparken:

Oslo Royal Palace Slottsparken

The City Hall, and Rådhusplassen, the square in front:

Oslo City Hall Oslo City Hall

Oslo City Hall Rådhusplassen

Rådhusbrygge, a small quayside located right in front of the city hall; starting point for numerous ferries and sightseeing cruises:

Rådhusbrygge Panorama

The former Oslo West railway station, now the Nobel Peace Centre:

Nobel Peace Centre
Aker Brygge, a former industrial area, now regenerated with shops, apartments and restaurants.

Aker Brygge

The US embassy. You can’t really see in this picture, but rainbow flags were flying from the fence – presumably intended to celebrate Oslo Pride, but even more appropriate in light of the US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage earlier that day.

US Embassy Oslo

Back in the city centre, I encountered Oslo’s small but perfectly formed gay district. In nearby Spikersuppa the Pride Park was already up and running, but I decided to hold off visiting until Saturday. Instead I ended up in London Pub, a small basement bar with a nice atmosphere and TfL-baiting logo. I drank a lot of Hansa, the finest product of Bergen. Well, it would have been rude not to.

I <3 Homoslo Hansa

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