This morning was beautiful. It was cool and bright with patches of blue sky. I got up at 8, had breakfast, and went out exploring.
When I left the hotel it felt rather empty in the streets – I had read in my guidebooks that during the day the city can feel more sparse because the people like to go out and enjoy the outdoors on the weekends. It is also a holiday today, Labour day, so maybe that had something to do with all the marching bands (I ran into 2 more today)! I passed by the Oslo cathedral (Oslo domkirke) and a flower market being set up on the way to my goal.
I had being seeing young adults wearing these bright red overalls all over the place since I arrived – I finally stopped to ask a group of girls what it was about. Apparently they wear reds and are referred to as reds after they graduate, and they go on a 17 day party! This is referred to as “russefeiring.” So that solves that mystery.
My first stop was the Oslo Opera House – what a sight! It’s a gorgeous white behemoth sitting on the edge of the harbor, and is constructed so that you can easily walk up to the roof for a view. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
Now, on to Sweden!