Northern Nomad

The adventures of A Canadian abroad in Norway

Bygdøy is a peninsula in the Oslo fjord which is home to the Vikingskipshuset (viking ship museum), the Stave church from Gol and the Kings Forest: just to name a few.

The photos above are taken at Huk, which is predominantly a naturist beach in warmer weather. 

It’s been a while since my last post, so i’ll gradually add new photos from the last few weeks adventures to keep everyone updated!

Spring is in full force here in Oslo. The streets are lined with bulb shoots pushing up through the soil and early spring Crocuses in bloom. 

I start work on Sunday at the upscale fish restaurant, Lofoten. My time here has been going well, but working is going to make everything that much better. Oslo is very expensive and after a month of being a tourist, i’m ready to see some income!

The owner of Fursetgruppen (a restaurant group that includes Lofoten, as well as nine other fine dining restaurants in Oslo), has an agreement with the owner(s) of Noma in Copenhagen. A few times a year, five chefs from Fursetgruppen restaurants (Lofoten included) get sent to Denmark for a month internship at the top restaurant in the world, Noma. I plan on busting my ass to get sent there for a once in a lifetime learning experience. 

The future looks promising!

http://www.lofoten-fiskerestaurant.no/en/

Getting settled.

I’ve been in Oslo now for just over one week. So far things have been going well. My hosts are amazing. I’ve met lots of interesting and engaging people; scoped out a plethora of good looking  AMAZINGLY HOT people, and have seen most of the heart of Oslo on foot.

The only trouble with this is that I haven’t felt as though I’m LIVING in Oslo yet. Once i get into the daily groove of work/chores/going out with friends, I’ll feel like i’ve put down roots.

I’ve secured an apartment today which I will be sharing with 5 others. Three guys (one norwegian, one swede and one icelandic) and two norwegian ladies. I’ve never done this sort of accommodation before so I’m excited to see how it goes. The whole group seems very relaxed and intelligent.

All I have to do now is find a job!

KVIKK LUNSJ = Norwegian Kit Kat bar.

Dee-licious.

KVIKK LUNSJ = Norwegian Kit Kat bar.

Dee-licious.

Oslo has some very interesting public design.  It’s a great mix of subtle/overt and organic/rigid. 

Most of the public spaces are design to be used when the sun comes out, for people to lay back and relax while they soak in the much needed vitamin D. Very very cool.

Oslo is gearing up for Spring.

Surprisingly enough, Oslo is warmer and greener that my former city of Edmonton. This obviously has to do with their proximity to the Oslo fjord, but seriously, we are on the same latitude as the southern border of the North West Territories AND THE GRASS IS ALREADY GREEN?!

I’m looking forward to seeing how lush this place is during the 24 hours daylight summer.

P.S. The smut picture is from the window of a clothing store. God bless Europe.

This Gustav Vigeland sculpture makes me miss Liz.

This Gustav Vigeland sculpture makes me miss Liz.

Day one is Oslo has been shrouded in fog. This city is a great mix of old and new. Beautiful art is everywhere and the architecture is STUNNiNG. I ended up in an antique shop selling salvaged cherubs and baroque mirrors (prices starting at 75,000 NOK or 13,410 CAD for a 8” tall cherub sculpture). 

So far i’m very impressed with this city. People are polite but very guarded. It’s considered very rude to look a stranger in the eyes, which is a bit of a challenge for me to avoid doing, being Canadian.

All i need now is a job and a place to live. 

My adventure begins!
I was lucky enough to wake up just in time to watch the sunrise over Greenland.

My adventure begins!

I was lucky enough to wake up just in time to watch the sunrise over Greenland.