Two weeks. Two countries. Two cities. Hello from Oslo!
I’m revisiting Oslo. Again in Spring and excited to experience this city as it wakes from wintery days. Only a week before I arrived, Norway’s capital was wrapped in cold, wet weather. I saw photos on Instagram where locals wondered when spring was going to come. I packed my suitcase with a little bit of everything and not too much of anything.
And it’s quite possible the Gold Coast’s autumn sneaked into my suitcase too. On the day my plane landed, sunshine spread across clear Nordic skies and temperatures rose to 25°Celsius (77°F). My telegram to home might have read something like this: warm, stop, sunny, stop, send more t-shirts, stop.
All this warmth brings bodies outside to soak up the sunshine. It also means bicycles are cleaned and serviced for a season of cycling. All types of bicycles. A variety of people and purposes. Some with helmets. Many without. Unlike Australia, wearing a helmet is not mandatory by law. Some wearing lycra for the longer commute. Many dressing for their destination.
So did I get out there among Oslo’s bicycle riding community? I certainly did – but first, here’s a glimpse of Oslo’s bicycle riders….