This is one very natural question I get from my friends. I would ask it too. “Do you miss Oslo?” And it would be more polite to answer that yes, of course, I miss some parts, but how can be I honest then? If my sincere reaction is: “Miss what? Snow, icy sidewalks, that long dark period of year called winter? Empty streets, lonely evenings, gray skies and gray faces?” Well, it is different for everyone, but this is the first thought that comes to MY mind. So nope, I don’t miss it, I just can’t :))
In the end, it is all not about finding the perfect place – since it doesn’t exist. But to find the place that is right for you. Your place under the sun. There are people who would love the introverted culture of Norway, who miss this chance to spend long days and weeks alone, without anyone asking them a question. I just don’t happen to be that person. So I am not able to appreciate it either. I am more of the Southern soul, who loves a spontaneous dinner date, a chat with the the neighbor and the cashier man in supermarket. So I found my right place. Even after some weeks here I felt more at home than after years in Norway. There is nothing right or wrong with any of these places. It is just that some are more like you, and some are less.
And then today I bought sushi in the supermarket, a bit shocked by the price (it is the same as in Norway! When other things tend to be cheaper and much cheaper – sushi and salmon have just the Norwegian prices). And while eating I thought: “But sushi service was good in Oslo. There were a lot of takeaway shops with great variety. While here there is so much different food, that sushi gets underrepresented. Maybe, I am unfair about Oslo. Maybe, I really miss some things. At least, sushi…”
So I looked through my memories for ideas and through my photos for images. And as the last color report (about Barcelona) was done in red – I decided to do the same with Oslo. Because, maybe, Oslo has as much passion as Barcelona. Just that it is well hidden, maybe :))
What is great about Oslo (and what I could miss).
Sushi and salmon.
The easy ways of doing things, getting papers done. The more transparent culture of procedures.
The village charm of Oslo.
The smell of cinnamon rolls.
The happy buzz of bakeries on the Sunday morning.
The fresh flowers that I used to buy so often.
The flats with better isolation.
The seasons that are very different and that vibrant happiness that summer brings.
(you can click on any photo to see it full size in the gallery)
What I don’t miss.
The gray days hiding the sun.
The darkness that creeps in so early.
The cold streets through which we rush to get to the warmer place. Without looking at others, without stopping if we see someone we know.
The oh-so-high prices for wine in the restaurants.
The neighbors who seldom say hi.
The ice and snow on the sidewalks making every walk into survival exercise.
If you get ideas about a place you would miss (or not), let me know in the comments.
And may you find your place under the sun! 🙂