Since I always pester the forum by nagging about trip reports here is what I did last weekend.
Saturday June 14th:
Quick and cheap flight with www.norwegian.com in the morning. Arrived Oslo Gardemoen airport around 11:00 hrs with only hand luggage.
Went straight to the NSB counter (not the vending machines) to buy a 24 hours ruter card which covered 3 or more zones for 190 NOK. Made sure I validated the card at the box to the left hand side of the escalators going down to the station area. https:/… The cards are valid on local trains/buses and trams.
While waiting on the next local train I took advantage of the free airport wifi and got it reconfirmed that the weather would be warm and sunny.
I departed the train at Oslo S, and there right next to the Central Station was my home for one night, Thon Hotel Opera. thonhotels.com/hotels/…
The hotel has a single room special offer at a prepaid rate of NOK 645 including an absolutely yummy breakfast. Checked in early a little after 12 noon. Clean, modern, newish hotel. My single room was more than sufficient for my needs, which was a comfortable place to sleep close to the Central Station. Also easy access to check out the Oslo Opera House. operaen.no/en/… A walk on the roof is mandatory.
Up next was lunch and since I had invested in my Ruter card anyway, I took the train to from Oslo S to Nasjonalteateret, as I had decided to try out the chinese restaurant called Dinner: http://www.dinner.no/ WOW, I had the Dim Sum lunch basket for 198 NOK. It is the best Dim Sum I have tasted since my ex boyfriend (his family is from Hong Kong) took me to all the best Dim Sum places he knew about in London and Sydney. I highly recommend it.
My last misson for the day was to find a 40th birthday present. I knew Moods of Norway had a sale on and found what I needed there both for the birthday girl and something for myself. Lots of locals and tourists investing in a suit that day as everything was 25 % off. https://www.moodsofnorway.com/no/
The rest of the evening I spent at the birthday party in Sandvika (again using my Ruter card to get to and from).
Sunday June 15th
Woke up late, but still had time to enjoy the breakfast (in the weekends breakfast is on until 11:00 hrs). So much to chose from: omlette station, pankakes, freshly baked breads, homemade turkey ham, smoothies, freshly squeezed juices, fresh fruit...okey, I will stop there.
I had 30 minutes left of my 24 hour Ruter pass, so I took the bus to Grünerløkka. Walked around until 12 noon then headed to the Sunday Market at Blå: http://www.oslosurf.com/hvaskjer/68562.html This is an all year marked with some nice arts and crafts. Before I left I have got new handmade earrings and 3 new rings.
At this point I was hot and thirsty and went to Parkteateret to sit down, drink a refreshing Bulmers cider and people watch: http://parkteatret.no/parkteatret-bar/
Walked around a bit more to familiarise myself with the Grünerløkka area for a future visit, then picked up some street food on another market across the street from Parkteateret and walked towards the hotel to pick up the luggage.
Before taking the train back to the airport I purchased a 90 NOK train ticket at the vending machine.
PippiEdited: 17 June 2014, 20:59