Two from Oslo, Norway
Thought for the day…”Pretty words are not always true, and true words are not always pretty”.
“You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind”.
Think of Scandinavia and you probably think of countries with high standards, countries that are clean and also countries that are fairly well-ordered. So when you mention Norway, and the capital, Oslo, you do not tend to think of a city with problems. Two of the big problems there are hard drugs and also gypsies. What is also surprising is that this happens not just in the suburbs, but in the very heart of the city. Just a few steps from the main train and bus stations (and sometimes even inside these) are people openly dealing in drugs, even during the daytime. Drug use is also very obvious in the city centre, yet the police seem to do little about it. It is not just the ‘soft’ drugs but the serious ones like heroin as well. Around 250 people die each year in Norway from heroin overdoes. And it is very obvious who is using these hard drugs too. Add to that a huge problem with begging gypsies and it makes the city centre of Oslo far from pleasant. Last summer gypsies were even setting up camp in the main squares and parks, then lighting fires to cook on. Now they are plagueing the city streets, begging in shop doorways and street corners. Add to that the explosion of grafitti in Oslo, and the city that tourists discover on arriving is far different from the city that they expected.
Staying in Oslo for the photo today…..a colourful corner shop.
And another photo from the archives…..a perfect autumn morning in Geilo, Norway……
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