Friends that bring sunshine

The last couple of days have been sunny, but today the sky is grey.

I don’t mind though.

The sun shone on me and my visiting friends.

Pontus, Patrik and Michael are three friends from Stockholm, that were passing through Norway as a part of a summer road trip. They had hoped to see majestic Norwegian fjords but I recklessly informed them that those fjords they had seen pictures of, are stretched along the west coast of the country, a ten to fifteen hours drive from Oslo. They only had two more days of vacation so they decided to stay and see the city of Oslo instead.

Looking back now, I don’t think they were disappointed.

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I had booked them into the hotel I work at, Clarion Collection Hotel Savoy, which has one of the best locations in Oslo. From there we walked Karl Johan, to the beautiful white marble-stoned Opera-house, via Akershus fortress (originally built to protect Oslo from us Swedes – these days they are quite happy that we are here working) down to the Wharf of Aker Brygge and back to the hotel, before we headed to the area of Grunerlökka, to the best tapas place in town, Delicatessen.

We shared a great meal and wine, along with great conversations, before we walked along the river to BLÅ – the only place you should be on a Sunday night.

The Frank Znort Quartet club can not be explained, only experienced, but please check out these videos to get an idea.

It got late, but we were still fit for making the most of Monday.

The guys rented city bikes from the tourist office and I already had mine. We teamed up with my friend and colleague Karoline, and biked out to Bygdöy peninsula.

There are plenty of museums to see there, but we had too little time, so we focused on a great lunch at Lanternen, before me and Karoline caught the ferry back into the city centre and I had to start work. Meanwhile, the guys checked out the awesome Vigelands Sculpture Park and had dinner at the restaurant with the most beautiful view over the city, Ekeberg Restaurant

Tuesday morning we met at the National Gallery and spent the last couple of hours together, meandering the museum with painting spanning from the Antique to early 1900’s. And of course, one of the World’s most famous paintings, the Scream, by Norwegian Edward Munch.

I felt so comfortable having my friends around and I would have loved for them to stay, but they had a long ride home so we hugged goodbye and promised to meet up in Stockholm.

Completely un-expectantly, they gave me gifts: the most beautiful white roses, a box of chocolates, quality Fair Trade fruit-tea and my all-time favourite wine; South African Allesverloren.

I was stunned.

It just seems the sun is always shining on me.