We knew we were going to fall in love with Norway. How could we not?
We like to play the game called ‘Could We Live Here?’ and we agree that Oslo is right up there on the livability rankings, thanks to its compact city centre, its seaside location, the architecture and the sheer abundance of seafood. It reminds us of Portland, Maine, where we lived for many years. It’s like the version of Portland that city planners draw when they reimagine the city a decade from now.
Hello, Portland of the future. Welcome.
We’ll soon get around to showing you all the amazing food we ate, the spa where we spent an afternoon, and he thousand-year-old Viking ships that captured our imaginations. But first things first. Norway is meant to be experienced outside.
It’s a place where the outdoors are celebrated and reveled in, particularly during long summer days.
We kept close to the shore, taking our time and remembering to look at the birds. We decided that if we lived here in Oslo, this would be Basil’s favorite spot. We would come every warm weekend, ostensibly to get exercise, but mostly just to relax on a beach blanket and watch the sun never go down.
We wonder to ourselves, in this idyllic summer destination, what is winter like?
(And then we quickly shoved that thought out of our heads. Part of the joy of visiting a city so attuned to summer is never having to see its dark side, its winter face.)
One of the best places to experience the joys of the outdoors is at the local opera house. It’s obviously a stunning architectural achievement, but it’s also a place for people to gather and relax outside. The entire facade is a massive ramp, one that you can scoot up and down for literally hours. People pose together to capture the strangest photography angles they can manage with a selfie stick.
We decided that our monthly allowance for shellfish consumption would need to be at least $300.
Oslo is a place where you do that. Where you start picturing yourself living there, taking the pup to that park on the corner and living in that house with the black roof tiles, and owning that boat over there named ‘Urban Jungle.’ It feels like home, and it reminds us of home. And now it has a permanent place on the ‘Could We Live Here?’ list.