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I thought this might be useful if any of you where traveling to Norway and wanted to drink and go out!

Vorspiel is a very useful thing we do in Norway, it is German and pretty much means the party before the party (any Germans out there who have the correct translation?)  Anyway, we do this mainly because it is to expensive to drink all your drinks out on a club or a bar, so you buysome before you go out and drink it with your friends.

Then the places of alcohol-buying in Norway. The general Grocery Stores in Norway only sell beer, cider, rusbrus(ready mixed drinkes in bottles). And the volume of alcohol is no higher than 4-5 %. If you want wine, licure, spirits, and that’s sort of stuff, you have to go to Vinmonopolet, they are pretty much located some places close to you (but not as close as the grocery store.

The time of buying. You have to time your buying, all alcohol-sale ends at general stores ends at 8 PM, Monday-Fridays, and at 6 on Saturdays. All sales at Vinmonopolet ends at 6 PM Monday-Fridays and 3 PM on saturdays. All alcohol buying is closed on Sundays, even if you find an open store!

The Age-limit. You have to be 18 or older to buy drinks with an alcohold % over 22%. This includes all drinks a general stores, most wines and some mixed drinks at Vinmonopolet.  The age-limit for alcohol above 22 %, you have to be 20 years old. You have to show ID at Vinmonopolet without being asked for it if you are under the age of 25 (they actually gave you a lollypop for a while if you remembered to show it before they had to ask you^^).

Tip! If you are a little late (like most norwegians when the sale is about to end) there is going to be a line of people wanting to buy some beers at the last minut, the only thing is, it doesnt matter if you where in the store, or grabbed the beer before 6 PM, you have to have them registered before that time or it will not registrer and you will not get to buy any beer. This is an automatic thing and you can not argue.

Hope this wass helpful 😉

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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.

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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You might have heard that Norwegians get out and enjoys the sun the minute it appears. Early April when the snow is still on the ground and the sun comes out between the clouds, we get our scarfs and our hot coffee and we sit outside. Hopefully we avoid the wind with a wall or something and we enjoy the little sun-time we have.

Well, the summer isn’t much different. This year we had a great April (at least where I live) and a crappy may (with the exceptions of a few days, and 17th of may). And now, that June is here is has started of great and all I’m thinking is “I have to tan right now, cause july. Might be crappy!”.

I’m sorry, I can’t help it. I have to take every minute I have off from work when it’s sunny to tan, drink cold beverages and eat ice cream. Cause really you can not depend on the weather. You know what the first thought was when June started of as sunny, was? “Oh damn, is July going to be rainy now? What about my wedding?!”. So that’s how it goes, I sit outside eating my breakfast, lunch, coffee, dinner and only go in when the sun is down and the mosquitos are out and worry about what day of the summer is going to be crappy and rainy because I can enjoy this day today.

And just for last, a happy, ice-eating picture of me and my husband-to-be!

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I have said too much when people have asked me, that I don’t think Oslo is pretty. And I’ve always thought that Oslo was an ugly city that I never wanted to live in. I never understood why people would come here to visit! Until now.

I just moved to Oslo, 2 weeks ago. (I’ve lived outside of Oslo my entire life). It’s not until now, when I take the busses and trams in Oslo that I really get to see everything and how beautiful it really is.

This Friday, our last school assignment was to go to Vigelandsparken, to look at ALL the statues. We were going to take our time, and really look at it all and see how it was all created. The park, the statues, the surroundings. I WAS STARSTRUCK. Everything was so beautiful and i simply loved it. So if you are going to Oslo, please stop by Vigelandsparken/frognerparken!

Press the picture to see more photos!

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Walked passed some russ today! And thought I’d share it with you!

Russ in Norway can theoretically do what they want, where they want and how they want. When they are wearing their russ-pants ^^ nothing is unexpected!

These guys let me take their picture when they were hanging out on the floor in the main train station in Oslo! I didn’t ask them why!

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In coffeeshops in Norway, you will have a lot of options. Its not only the regular black coffee, the latte and the cappuchino available for you. Oh no.

Like starbucks and problably many other coffeshops there are syrup available in different flavor, caramel, hazelnut and vanilla are the most common once, including mocha ofcourse.

Well, in shops in Norway you might get a lot bigger varieties of syrups, in a lot of different flavour, which you can add to your preferably latte, but also cappuchino. On this picture you see Coconut, Irish Cream, Orange, Cinnamon among others. You may pick one, or you may mix them together to make a rather interessting type of latte.

There are also sauses, which are used in the same way.

Try a “Jamaica” and mic cinnamon and vanilla, or a Bounty (coconut & Chocolat)? Or my personal favourite, Caramel, Irish Cream, Chocolate and Hazelnut? ^^ Does it get to sweet for you, ask for another shot of espresso!

Regular prices of lattes with syrups, from 35-50 NOK! Enjoy!

edit: After comments, I wanted to show you how the lattes with syrup is made and served. So i made little picture-strip!

1. Add the selected syrup (In this case: caramel, white and dark chocolat)
2. Add espresso.
3. Up to here (double shot).
4. Add milk.
5. Voíla!

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