I love seeing new places and this weekend I was lucky enough to travel to Oslo in Norway. I’ll be honest, my expectations were pretty high. If you read about Norway or see anything on the TV you will hear what an amazing country it is and what a fabulous quality of life the people have. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. To begin a trip I’m always interested in how passport control greet you as a visitor to their country. Upon my arrival in Oslo I was greeted by a trendy fifty-something year old lady with cool red glasses, a matching red blazer and a massive smile. I knew almost immediately that I was going to love Norway. The journey from the airport to the centre was a breeze – quick, simple, easy but of course rather expensive. Another thing you will read about Oslo, and in fact the whole of Scandinavia, is that you’ll need to bring money, a lot of it. I think that’s probably a fair summary but it’s not quite as drastic as I’d anticipated. I do believe that in the example of food, you get what you pay for. People tend to eat very well here. Fresh fish is available everywhere and everyone seems to be sipping on a bottle of Norwegian water. Generally speaking people look as though they take care of themselves. But then why wouldn’t you when there is so much fun stuff to do. A 20 minute tube ride from our hotel and we were in the middle of a ski resort. It was just insanely cool. We chose the sledging option which was a 2km pretty insane ride. At the bottom of the track you just pop back on the tube and ride back to the top. In summer these slopes are used for walking and mountain biking and generally enjoying the mountain air. Oslo is stuffed full of things to do and see. The island of museums is a place where conveniently all 6 major museums are all in one place. We opted for the fabulous Viking Boat Museum and the heart breaking Holocaust Museum. I had no idea that so many Norwegian Jews met their fate at Auschwitz and that Norway and it’s people had played such a major part in the second world war. A truly thought-provoking museum and a powerful national confession by the Norwegian authorities. A boat ride around the Fjord is a must (if not rather nippy) and enables you to be totally nosey peeking at holidaying Norwegians on their very exclusive and very expensive holiday homes. To summarise I absolutely loved Oslo. It offers a unique mixture of simplicity and wow-factor. The Norwegians use a word from the Swedish language ‘Lagom’ meaning ‘just the right amount, enough, sufficient, simple’. This is the essence of why I loved Norway. It’s not flashy, over-the-top or showy, it’s modest, tasteful and lovely. It’s Lagom.

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