5 Sep 2007

Norway, land of expensiveness

Posted by walterheck

I arrived to Oslo Torp a couple of hours later (early, as RyanAir fligths usually are). I got some money from the ATM while I had no idea what the exchange rate was for Norway (mental note to self: look this up before entering my next non-euro country πŸ˜‰ ). I felt that 1000 NOK sounded like a nice amount of money and it later turned out this is about 125Γ’β€šΒ¬. I got on a bus and was immediately confronted with the ridiculous prices: 150 Krone please (for the smarties under you: almost 19 euro (!)). I didn’t know the exchange rate at that moment, so I paid and took the bus ride to Oslo Central Station. Apparently RyanAir thinks an airport that is 1 hour and 45 minutes from a city canbe called after that city πŸ˜•

After a nice busride I arrived at central station and messaged my friend Ricard who was going to host me together with his lovely girlfriend Céline. We met a little later outside the station and walked to their house. We took “the most dangerous road in Oslo” which was full of (a bit too) friendly hash-dealers. There are so many hash dealers there that all ask if you want to buy something that suddenly the backstreets of Amsterdam look like deserted roads πŸ™‚

We arrived at Ricard’s place and he made us some nice spaghetti. After we ate half of all the dishes he can cook (according to himself πŸ˜‰ ), we went out to a CS party in Oslo. I love couchsurfing:4 hours after you arrive in a totally new city you are partying with 25 extremely laid back cool people. The party host was Ross who would later turn into my host for a couple of nights. The party was very nice and we got a little too drunk (what else is new πŸ˜‰ ). I met some cool new people! I also met Raymund, a german guy i had talked with online for a little while. I didn’t know he was there and didn’t expect him to be, so after 5 minutes of talking he goes: “wait a seconde you are walter? walter heck? I’m Raymund!”. Another totally random unexpected experience!

After the party we took a taxi home (apparently no nightly public transport) and I slept on the very lovely sofa πŸ™‚

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One Response to “Norway, land of expensiveness”

  1. Allright, here’s for futere reference: 1 Norwegian Krone is worth about 0.127893 Euro, remember that and you’ll be OK.

    By the way, did you know that Oslo was founded in 1838, it has a population of 553,396 and that a dive called John’s bar (http://www.johnsbar.no/) is reputed to be the cheapest bar in town.