I don’t know any other capital that is so caring about its village-like streets and views as Oslo. Where I come from, the village is associated with something retarded and uncool, and so everyone strives toward bigger cities, their coolness, their lights. Cities are modern, interesting, promising. The village is old-fashioned, boring and has little opportunity. I have been in many cities of Europe, and many of them have something in common, just as they are unique. But nowhere have I met so much country-like charm in the middle of the capital like in Oslo.
It seems that for Norwegians the village is sweet and cozy, something to come back to, not to run away from. Its old-fashionness makes it feel authentic. Its simple promises contain peace of mind. Maybe, because Norway used to be a country of many farmers, and they have kept this ideal until this very day. Here the ideal for a good family life still is owning a house with a garden and a grass spot for youngsters to toddle around. While in my country the good life is moving to the bigger city and living in the apartment where you don’t have to fix running water, the heater and the roof. For Norwegians the village life is idyllic – the word which is often used by the property dealers (and that says a lot :)).
Today I want to share photos of two streets that give me an intense feeling of being in the country side (Telthusbakken and Damstredet). It looks like their residents are very conscious about their property style, as they plant tiny gardens in the front of the house and set vintage pieces like bottles and figures in the windows. The modern villagers of Oslo are not farmers, but the people with sense for style and detail, I’d say. I love walking there, as it reminds me of time spent at my grandmother’s in the village. I recognize flowers and wooden fences.
And what would you choose? Would you like living the countryside style in the city? Which image from below would you choose for your home? Or would you better choose an apartment and the urban pleasures just around your corner?