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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.

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And another photo from the archives…..a perfect autumn morning in Geilo, Norway……

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Two from Oman, and bad news from Oslo airport

Thought for the day….” If stars give off light, then why is space dark? ”        ” Does age come with experience, or experience with age”.

Here is a photo of some chairs.chairsThese are not something that you will see many of in Oslo Gardermoen airport.  I had the misfortune (and misfortune is the word) to travel through Oslo (code OSL) airport recently.   The managers there have seen fit to take away nearly all the chairs in the departure/check-in area.   What are passengers supposed to do when they are waiting???   Emails to OSL managers got a reply that the airport does not have space.   Very interesting that an airport that does not have space for chairs does have space to put in weird ‘sculptures’ including one that looks like a bent penis (check it out with an image search!!).    So an international airport in the capital city of Norway does not apparently have space for chairs (although I would disagree with this, there is PLENTY of space), but does have space for stupid sculptures that just take up space and do nothing for the comfort of passengers.    But do not worry.  The managers of OSL airport said in their email reply that they will ‘review’ the situation in 2017 when the new terminal extension opens.  You did read that correct, they will ‘review’ in 2017.   Meanwhile, the stupid sculptures remain and passengers are forced to sit on the floor due to the lack of chairs.   Not some 3rd world country, but Norway, Scandinavia.   I guess that the managers of OSL airport will be using the First Class lounges, and will not be sitting on the floor like other passengers are doing.   A crazy decision to remove chairs made by managers who are clearly out of touch with the needs of normal travelling passengers.   I invite these very same managers to come and sit on the floor for 3 hours until the check-in opens.

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Oslo Autumn – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” Excuses are nails used to build the house of failure”.

” What we must decide is not how valuable we are, but how we are valuable”.

Curious story in the news about an ice-cream maker in Bristol, England who has developed jellyfish ice-cream that glows in the dark.  Due to the chemicals in the ice-cream reacting, it glows when you eat it.   It must be a very strange flavour!.   The same creator (Charlie Francis) has previously made a gin & tonic ice-cream flavoured with quinine, which is normally used to treat malaria.   And then there was the Croatian shop who made ‘Facebook’ ice-cream, a blue mixture that tasted of sweets and gum.

An autumn day in Oslo in today’s photo, and the new (and no doubt, expensive) apartments and museum at Aker Brygge.   This was the site of a shipyard until 1998.   The city of Oslo is growing at a very high rate, and currently has over 950 000 people.  It is often rated as one of the most expensive cities in the world (along with Geneva and Tokyo), and was originally known as Christiana.   Interestingly, in the Norwegian language (and also in Swedish) that there is no word for ‘please’.

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Color Magic inside – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Today is tomorrow’s yesterday, so make it count !”

” Time is the longest distance between two places”.

Some magic for the photo today, and the interior of the Colorline ‘Color Magic’ ferry, which sails between Oslo (Norway) and Kiel (Germany) in around 20 hours.  The ferry is Norwegian registered, and is the largest ferry in the world,  weighing in at 75 156 tons and carrying 2700 passengers.  It has 15 decks, and a long promenade, as pictured below.   The 223m long ferry was built in Finland (as many of them are) and has a top speed of about 41kmh/25mph.  It can carry about 550 cars.   Although it is the world’s largest ferry, it is still small when compared to the world’s largest cruise ship, the Allure of the Seas, which weighs in at 225 000 tons, and is capable of carrying over 6290 passengers.

Not easy to get the white balance correct in this photo, as there were so many different lighting sources, but the Panasonic camera has done a good job to balance them all out.   The photo was handheld and without flash.

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Waiting in the market – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” If you cannot be thankful for what you achieve, then be thankful for what you escape”.

”  The more that you live, the less that you die”.

There are good airports in the world, and there are bad airports.  Singapore (Changi) must rate as the best airport in the world, and changing aircraft there or just waiting is actually a pleasant experience.   Well managed, clean and also lots of good facilities for travellers, such as free cinemas, gardens and even a swimming pool.   And plenty of comfortable seats.  Compare that to the Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) airport.    They have taken away most of the seats in the terminal now, so that often the only option (apart from sitting in an expensive restaurant (which may be closed at night/early morning) is to sit on the floor.   Their reply to my complaint was that it was due to pressure of space, so their answer is to take seats out.   But it will be reviewed again in 2017 (yes, you read correctly, 2017!!).   What are travellers supposed to do if they have to wait before they are able to check in?    I sometimes wonder about the people managing airports such as Oslo Gardermoen.   Not only is the lack of seats bad, but if you arrive off a long flight, then try getting a shower in the airport.   Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) airport has facilities more like a 3rd world country, instead of a Scandinavian capital.

Staying in El Salvador again for the photo today, and a photo from the market in the town of Naza.   Again, a very expressive face.  The photo also makes a good crop as well, have a look at the small photo below and see if you like it better.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 14th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Do not be afraid of moving slowly.  Be afraid of standing still”

“We all have stumbling blocks.  What is important is turning them into stepping stones.

Home to about 613 000 people and the capital of Norway, Oslo is growing by about 2% a year at the moment.   As in Swedish, there is no word for ‘please’ in Norwegian.    As in Finland and Sweden, you can only buy alcohol from the government owned alcohol shops in Norway, and at a high price too !   Norway is also home to the pop group ‘A-Ha’.   The photo today is from the sea, showing the Oslo City Hall (left) and the Akershus castle (right).

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Photo of the Day Monday 14th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Sometimes the things we cannot change end up changing us”

“If you think that you are too small to make a difference, then you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito”.

Taking photos in the cold has proved challenging, with things like ice on the camera and batteries that die very quickly.  Got me wondering about the world records for hot and cold temperatures, and there are some interesting facts.   Although the -20 degrees Centigrade or colder recently experienced in Scandinavia are far from warm, those temperatures are a long way off the records…..

-89.2 degrees C. recorded at Vostok Station in 1983, or -82.5 degrees C recorded at Dome A, Antartica in 2005.   Kitilla, in the Lapland area of Finland has been down to  -51.5 degrees C  (in 1999).  Italy down to -48.3 degrees  at San Martino during 2010.   Even Australia has had some extreme cold, with -23 degrees being recorded at the Charlotte Pass in New South Wales during 1994.  And the record for the most snowfall during a year goes to Mt. Rainer, Washington State, USA, which recorded 31.1 metres of snow from 1971-72.

Some modern waterfront apartments in Oslo,Norway for the photo today.

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Photo of the day Saturday 8 December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” 24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case.   Coincidence?  I think not”.

Staying in Oslo, Norway again for the photo, and a picture of the new developments around the waterfront.    Some interesting modern architecture there, and the photo shows the new apartments from an unusual angle.   An unusually, a nice clear blue sky too !!  It is said that there are more Norwegian descendants living in the USA than in Norway (6 million versus 4.8 million).  And when you see the prices in Norway, then you can understand why so many left !!

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Photo of the day Thursday 6th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Living a life is easy; it’s the options in life that makes it difficult.”

A black and white photo today, to match the weather outside.   A photo from the Vigeland Sculpture Arrangement (which I always called the Vigeland Park until I read about it), which is situated in the Frogner Park in Oslo.   Apparently, between 1 and 2 million people a year visit the 212 statues,  which are made of bronze or stone.  All the statues were designed by Gustav Vigeland, and show the stages of life, with most of the dating to around the 1940s.  One of the more popular tourist attractions in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

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