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I know many of you have asked for places to eat, drink coffee, go to that I prefer. I have never really though of that as information you would like to have, but I am clearly wrong and I will with this inform you of some of my favorite places to go to drink coffee and stuff like that. First of all, I live close to Nydalen/Bjølsen and some of these places are near there. I will also inform you of how to get there by public transportation! This is just the first list, of hopefully many, when I actually think of palces I like to go, but this is a start.

Bjølsen Bakeri
This is a fearly new place, and hasn’t been open for more than a couple of months. I went there only because it is the closest café to my apartment. But I am so happy I went there and the main reason I go is their Cinnamons Buns. OMG. You will not have had anything that delicous in your entire life! It costs about 20 NOK, maybe 25. Its not that many seats available, but its not that central so I had not yet had trouble getting a seat. Together with the amazing cinnamon bun they are very aware of coffee. I mean, they sell great coffee imported from special places and they know their stuff. A cup of regular black (but very good coffee) costs about the same as the cinnamon bun and you get a free refill (it’s not many places in Oslo that still does that!).
Directions: The Easiest way is to take the 54- or 37-buss from Jernbanetorget to Bjølsen (about 20 min). The café is just across the road (almost) from the busstop.
Website (in norwegian): http://bjolsenbakeri.no/

Bjølsen Sushi
Hah, another place at Bjølsen. But this Sushi is amazing. I have not had that much sushi, but I think this one if great. It’s also one of the cheapest I’ve found so far in Oslo. I usually eat Maki and they are from 45 NOK at 6 pieces. They are open until ten, and you can sit in the restaurant or take away, they make the food in 10 minutes or so. I love it.
Directions: same as above. Just behind the busstop.

Java
This is a coffee-shop a friend of mine words at, and he is THE SHIT in coffee making if I might say so myself. This is a coffeeshop that sets coffee highest on the list, they train theirs baristas and make sure they serve the best coffee to their costumers. Very few seats, mostly a to-go place and not that much to eat, again its the coffee that counts, and if you want the best coffee you go here! (Or Tim Wendelboe, but that is a different story).
Directions: the 37-buss from Jernbanetorget to St. Hanshaugen. The shop is almost just at the busstop.

 

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Two Australians

I love working at TGI. Friday’s. I meet so many people from all over the world and I get a change to actually talk to them, it’s wonderful. 

Tuesday evening I was working a pretty busy day for a Tuesday, we even had a waiting list for a while, and that has not happened while I have been working on a Tuesday before (Saturdays, yes! But Tuesdays? No!). Anyway, there were two Australians at one of my tables and they where here for a holiday (They had been traveling for 5 months and were headed for 5 more!). They told me that Australia was voted the 2nd best country to live in and they new that Norway was the best. They asked me if I thought so too. 

I found this very interesting. I can easily explain why my country is better than the worst on the list, or even the 10th, but seeing how it is better than the runner up, is kind of hard. So we had a little chat about it. I started explaining that I felt very safe, that if anything happened to me my country would take care of me, and if I had a baby Norway would give me money to stay home and take care of it. I said I really did miss all the wonderful beaches, and being able to surf like the Australians, but the guy (there was one guy and one girl) said he missed skiing, so we where kind of even there. But the girl told me that Australia could probably be better on taking care of stay-at-home mothers. So we found something ^^ but I am very sure that Australia probably has many positive sides that Norway could adopt as well. 

I just wanted to tell you this so maybe you could think of ways your country is wonderful, compared to that same thing in Norway or any other place. I know there is a lot of stuff I miss in Norway, and that I would want to live someplace else for a while. But I also know that Norway is my home, and I would never want to live anywhere else. 

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Please help me

I keep getting these mails, saying people subscribes to this blog. I guess you are all hopeful I will post something of worth. But I am really really bad at updating this blog, and I think I have finally figured out why.

 

 I don’t know what you guys want to hear about. 

 

That’s it. Simply. I really can’t understand why you are interested in the little tiny country called Norway. Why you find my language and culture interesting. For me, it is simply the way of life. And I really don’t know what about my everyday -life that is interesting to you. And it would be greatly appreciated if you would inform me of this.

 

I have a few guidelines for you though. I don’t know anything about:

  • How to get you to Norway. 
  • How to get you a job or where to start.
  • Books, cd’s or dvd’s to teach you Norwegian. 
  • Anything VERY political. 
  • Or VERY economical. 

 

So that’s a start. I know mostly thing I have experienced ^^ haha. But really I don’t know what you don’t know… If you know what I mean? So give it a go in the comments and I will try once again to be more active with this blog, since you subscribers keep coming ^^

 

 

 ❤ Karin

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