Many times before you visit a city you make a mental list of all of the things you want to see there. For me, the list is typically quite short, with one or two famous and world-known landmarks as ‘must-visits’ and the rest of my time is spent attempting to enjoy a city as a local (this certainly does NOT always happen). Unfortunately, my time in Oslo this time was extremely short and limited to only a few areas of Oslo and its outskirts, so doing the amount of exploring I wanted to do just didn’t happen.
During the trip, the only touristy sight I was interested in seeing was the Opera House. Usually the sights I want to see are old and have a lot of history, but the Opera House is quite new, having only opened in 2008. I don’t know why I wanted to see it…perhaps because most Norwegians I have asked about it in the past told me it was a waste of their tax dollars and they don’t understand its purpose (which left me more intrigued to make my own decision about the place). However, after seeing it with my own eyes… at least its exterior, I think it is quite beautiful and an architectural masterpiece. I actually loved it so much I sat on the ledge by the water for a good two hours alone just enjoying the sun and peacefulness (ok…my back was hurting from carrying a book bag all day and I needed a break).
Here are a few photos from the Opera House: