Thought for the day…” You may delay, but time will not” (Benjamin Franklin)
“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” (Martin Luther King).
Because of work, I have to travel a lot, and recently had the misfortune (and misfortune is the word) to travel through Oslo airport (code OSL) again. It is an absolute disgrace for Norway and for Scandinavia. Not only is it far too small for the numbers of passengers now using it, but the facilities there are hopeless. The management there have seen fit to remove most of the chairs, which means that many waiting passengers must sit on the floor (and remember that this is in Norway, which is supposed to be a civilised country). They have found space to display dumb sculptures (such as the famous bent penis sculpture) but claim to have insufficient space for seats. And despite their claims of a lack of space for seats, they have been able to greatly enlarge the size of the tax free shop. So whilst passengers may end up sitting on the floor, the airport does not care. If you have come off a long flight, then do not bother to look for somewhere to get a shower. There is nowhere.
And this is the 21st century. Most travellers now carry mobile phones, tablets etc. all of which need charging. But try finding sockets in Oslo airport. And if you have a long wait for a flight, then do not count on finding much to do at the airport….things like TVs to watch or any other facilities that good airports (such as Singapore) provide for waiting passengers. So, while you are sitting on the floor waiting for your flight with nothing to do, then remember that you are paying to use the airport. Things are so unpleasant at Oslo OSL airport that I am now considering going across the border to Sweden in future to avoid the unpleasant experience that Oslo airport OSL is.
A photo of a couple, seen in Bergen, Norway. Not sure which country they were from, but not Norwegian.
and another portrait photo…from the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku
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