Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A trip to Oslo, part two

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This is part two of my series about my recent trip to Oslo in Norway. To read part one, just click here.

The best advice that I was given to save money in Oslo was to eat a large breakfast in the morning, which I did each day that I stayed in the hotel. As they had soya milk, a selection of fresh fruit, cereals, muesli, dried fruit, nuts and seeds available each morning, I was able to fill up pretty well and only generally needed a light snack for lunch. Considering how much it costs to buy food and eat out in Oslo, this saved me a pretty penny!

On the second full day I had in Oslo (see day one here), I took the boat across to the Bygdøy peninsula, which has six excellent museums on it! Public transport is included in the Oslo Pass, and this includes travelling on the ferries across the fjord. It was a beautiful trip.

Friday, 25 July 2014

A trip to Oslo, part one

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I recently went on a bit of a last-minute and unexpected trip to Oslo and it was awesome! I was completely blown away by the city, the surrounding natural beauty and the wonderful people I met there during my stay. Now that I'm back home in Edinburgh, I thought it would be nice to put together some blog posts about what I did with my time in Oslo, the things that I saw and, of course, the tasty vegan food I found while I was there.

Unfortunately, there is no simple and quick way to get from the UK to Norway overland (I looked it up the fantastic website The Man in Seat Sixty-One to check before my trip) so I ended up taking the plane from London to Oslo. As I had been told that British Airways would not provide vegan food options on my flight, I took some food with me. Handily, Pret a Manger have a couple of outlets in Heathrow Airport and mark their vegan options clearly, so I picked up a super greens sandwich and a pot of fruit to take with me, along with some lentil chips (yum) and an absolutely delicious apple patisserie thing which I picked up from Vx/Vegan Cross while I was in London.

On arriving at Oslo Gardermoen, it was very straightforward to get the train into the central station, where I arrived to the sight of a giant pride flag displayed on the side of the station! Oslo had hosted EuroPride 2014 the week before I arrived and signs were very much still in evidence throughout my stay, not least when I spotted trams moving around the city with pride flags attached to them!