The trend seems to be: rain all week with beautiful weather on the weekend. It’s worked out so far.
Yesterday we went to do some outdoor things around Oslo, since the weather was so nice. Our first stop was Akershus Festning, the fortress that you’ve probably already seen photos of on flickr. There was also a great view of Oslo across the fjord from up there.
Admission inside was only $8 (which is so, so cheap in Oslo), so we went for the tour. The lighting wasn’t spectacular in there, but I still got some good pictures. The audio tour also included some (usually humorous) ghost stories. We brought a picnic lunch and ate outside when the tour was over. On our way out we noticed a big crowd of people and lots of horses. We didn’t know that we had walked right past the police horse barns on our way in, and they were apparently having some kind of show that day. Unfortunately, the show barn was too crowded to see what was going on, so we didn’t stick around.
After that we hopped on the ferry to Bygdøy to see the Norsk Folkmuseum. It’s a mostly outdoor museum with over 100 reconstructed original buildings from all over Norway. You can go inside many of them, and some of the more recent ones even had photos of their last inhabitants. I loved the loft style houses.
They looked like something out of my favorite Christmas book when I was little, “Trouble with Trolls”. (And it makes since, because the author visited this museum to do research for her illustrations for the book!) Another cool building was the Stave church. I believe that it’s one of the last still standing.
Speaking of churches, we decided to go to the American Lutheran church service this morning. It was only about a 10 minute walk from our apartment. Coincidentally, we saw the person who invited us to the international pub night the other day there. After church there was coffee and waffles (free for visitors!). They’re having a picnic in a nearby park next Sunday, so we may be going back.
This afternoon we took the tram up to a pretty park overlooking Oslo. In this kind of weather, everyone in the city seems to flock to the parks for sunbathing and grilling. I think 70° is a little cool to be wearing nothing but a swimsuit, but I seem to be the only one. The naked children playing in the kiddie pool and the man wearing a speedo on his back porch seemed to agree.
P.S. I did a little more research on the rabbit island when we were thinking up things to do this afternoon. It turns out that all the rabbits were killed in 2007 to protect the native vegetation. So much for all those adorable pictures I was going to take… T_T