Wild Goose Chase and Cruise to Copenhagen

 Oh, sleeping was not good last night. The apartment is on the top floor, so the room has a window in the ceiling. That’s a great thing during the day, but it allows for noise and light to come into the room. It also took me a while to fall asleep, although I was surely exhausted from the day. I think that was because I didn’t allow myself time to decompress before going to bed. I need at least 30 minutes. Oh well, I was up before 7:00 and went down to make some coffee and get my yogurt that I had bought the night before. I added some of the host’s granola to the yogurt.

My plan for the day was to go to the Bygdøy peninsula, which is where the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Culture Museum are, so I went to the Sentralstasjon (Central Station) to buy a 24-hour public transportation ticket. I noticed the entrance for the subway, and for some reason, I decided that I wanted to go to the University of Oslo bookstore to see if I could find a book on Norwegian diction. I know that’s not nearly as exciting as Vikings, but I want to find a book!

Before I left the area, though, I decided to go to the Cathedral, which was just a few steps away. I walked over there, and it was open this time. It is an interesting place. It is definitely not as grand as many cathedrals, but it is beautiful inside. The ceilings are of particular interest, as well as the organ and what I assume is the royal box. Glad I did that and could check it off the list. Next up, a subway ride to the University.

This was my first subway ride in Oslo, and their trains are very clean and efficient, just like all of the transportation I’ve been on so far in Norway. I arrived at the University and walked there with a bunch of students. The bookstore was easy to find, and after searching a bit on my own for the book, someone helped me. When she realized that she wasn’t able to find what I needed, she directed me to someone else. The second girl I spoke with was extremely helpful, but we didn’t find what I needed. She tried making recommendations about other shops to visit but really didn’t know where to look for sure. I got directions from her for the Music Conservatory, which was only one subway stop away back towards the city center.

I boarded the train and went to the conservatory, which as a nice facility. I wish I could have seen the concert hall because it looked very nice from the outside. The lady at the entrance said there was not a bookstore on their campus, and for some reason, I didn’t feel like asking any of the students. I’m sure they would have tried to help.