So, I haven’t written lately due to taking a job in Virginia and driving across the country in 48 hours to get here… But more on that later.
After our first stop in Norway, Stavanger, we headed over to Oslo, the capital of the country. Again we decided not to do anything through Disney, but planned a day on our own. We walked in to the city from a port that was farther away, through a newly developed area filled with boutiques and coffee shops. We grabbed coffee at a local place with gluten-free pastries before heading in to the center of the city.
Our first stop of the day was one of the highlights of the trip for me, the Nobel Peace Museum. It featured the work of Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, the 2014 winners, in addition to many others who have won the award in the past, including Gandhi, Mandela, and King. The museum was beautifully done, one of the best I’ve seen. It really pulls you in to the stories of these peoples' lives.
After the museum we ventured farther in to the city to check out the National Theatre and Palace. We arrived at the palace at the perfect time to see the changing of the guard. It was much smaller than the English version, but still really interesting to see. We also ran in to 2 of our friends from the cruise!
From the palace we walked down the street through gorgeous trees and big fields of grass to the Parliament building. Even though it rained throughout our entire day there, the architecture and culture shined through.
We took one last long walk to an incredibly old castle and military fort before grabbing more coffee and heading back to the ship.
You know a city is really great when your only day there is filled with pouring rain and grey skies. The combination of Oslo and Stavanger made me very eager to head back to Norway and explore more someday.