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On Saturday we had planned a daytrip to Drammen with Meryem and McCulloch. We met up by Oslo S and arrived in Drammen, did some shopping, walked around quite a lot and hiked up to Spiralen which is a really cool viewing point, a bit too much snow for hiking haha but it was fun. And the view was astonishing, would be cool to see it on a sunny Summer day too, but at least we got to experience it covered in a lot of snow.
On Friday after the seminar we had planned a Southern Ostrobothnia gathering with a few people from home to visit the SALT; art and music place. It is a massive sauna down by the harbour with a view of the opera house where they show movies or stand up etc (yes in the sauna). Finns as we are we spent our time in the sherry barrel where there is enough space for around 8-10 ppl since it is hotter than the big one. And when it got too hot you just took a dip in either the fjord or the barrels which contain ice cold water too. Such a cool place and a really fun evening!
On Saturday we actually met up on a decent time for once so at 11 we were down by the harbour to go on the Oslo Fjord for island hopping. The ferries run every hour and to 5-6 different islands and you can just go off where you want and get back on the boat an hour later. We went out on a few of them and walked around, had lunch, took pictures and enjoyed the sun. Cold and slippery but so beautiful. Perfect day to be outside even though the temperature was around -12 so a cup of warming coffee on Akerbrygge was a nice ending to the afternoon.
This is some of the people that I mostly spend time with here.
Top left: Meryem, me, Franzi, Pinky, Kalkidan and Sander, Ida below and Kathi on the third picture.
In the evening we prepared a party downstairs after everybody had stopped freezing, haha. Suddenly we were around 20 people in the common kitchen playing some Dutch drinking games, feeling so sorry for the rest of the flatmates since this is a returning thing every weekend... Oh well luckily it is a student house. Chateau neuf was planned for this evening, sadly we didn't know they had a special event with prices touching the sky as well as only electronic music so expectations rised to fail... Not really what we expected for this evening and I have had more fun evenings in my life. At least the pre-party was fun and we are some happy fellas making evenings together great whatever we do.
Sunday was one of the lazier days but at least we managed to cross the lake Sognsvann which is covered in ice, see another sunset and have a pizza night with Kathi, Sander and Franzi up in Sogn.
The weekend has really been one of the better ones with wonderful weather. Friday afternoon was spent outside after uni, Meryem and I went down to Akerbrygge to enjoy the sunset. In the evening we joined up a bunch of others from our group (our whatsapp group with the exchangers we mostly hang out with consists of over 30 people so that is why I am just saying a bunch since it is always different haha). They organized a pub crawl for the universities in the city which means a lot of bars are open for students with special offers. We went to Amatøren to see an open mic night and to Kjellern which is a uni pub of the other university; University of Oslo.
And this is why Oslo is so easy to fall in love with. <3
Studying, picking up an arduino for a uni-course (yes what even is my reaction as well), some time spent in the ski trail, a trip to a cheap place selling food called Grønland, coffee with Meryem, meeting Malin, international quiz at Samfunnet. That was what I've been doing on the weekdays of this week. My weekend was one of the better ones so that deserves a post for itself.
On Sunday I met up with Meryem to go up to Sognsvann again. We had planned an afternoon of skiing since she had never done it before, it was a lot of fun and she was a natural.
In the evening we had planned to return to the bar Blå since it was too crowded the first time we tried. Met up with the a bunch of others on the floor under mine and much to our delight: every Sunday they are having a (free!) jazz concert with Frank Znort Quartet. A dozen of other exchangers showed up as well which was fun. Thrown back into the 20s with amazingly skilled musicians.
Last week came and flew by so a bunch of thing happened. Snapshots from the week:
We went to a café by Akerbrygge with Meryem, Ida and Veera.
On Friday evening Veera, Meryem and I went up to Frognerseteren which is the last stop on the westbound underground to rent som sledges. Korketrekkeren is a 2km long sledging hill on a height of 255m and once you have gone a lap you just take the metro back up to go again. Some parts more scary than others but a lot of fun. Unfortunately it was dark so maybe another visit in daylight would be something. Afterwards we went to Samfunnet to meet up with some other people.
Visited National Gallery with these people.
And this one is worth 100 million euros...
And on Saturday evening we went to have dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant with mostly the same people as above to eat family style and share a massive plate of food.
So I thought I'd just take you on a quick campus tour at the newly founded university. So until a couple of weeks ago this was Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. Then after a decade (!) of working towards being a university it has happened. So this has been a big thing the last few weeks at campus. Oslo Met has over 20 000 students in the heart of Oslo city. I can't speak for sure but at least in my campus I've visited 8 buildings which is a part of my uni and the one I'm usually at has 9 floors so that says quite a lot. There are a massive amount of student associations and different clubs to take part in. I don't even know how many cafeterias, common areas and other places such as gyms and sports halls there are, but at least if you want to climb the highest climbing wall in the Nordic countries you can visit OsloMet. There is also a student pub I mentioned earlier; Kroa in one of the school's buildings and in the cellar of a bigger building there is a whole club called Samfunnet Bislet.
Brief explanation done, the two following pictures show the engineer building P35 in front which I'm mostly in and the one in the left is mostly for other subjects (hint Mila, Chris). Funny story - in 2015 when my family was in Oslo I said (half joking) that one day I'd like to attend this school, quite a coincidence I actually ended up doing it.
On Sunday we had the luck of having sunlight all day. Amazing weather means being outside was given, and of course we weren't the only ones wanting to be outside. Met up with Javi and Sander in the hallway and met Kathi up by Sognsvann which is a lake in the north of Oslo, definitely worth a visit. We walked around the lake and even borrowed a pair of skis for a bit. Very cold but incredibly beautiful, wonderful day.