PDA’s, Reindeer from a tube and Saunas
Our stay in Oslo was the first time we had used an airbnb.com place and it went pretty well! The room was cool and cheap (especially for Oslo) and Jan the host was really friendly. He gave us a map and told us of some good things to see in Oslo.
We were hoping to see ‘The Scream’ but unfortunately the Munch museum was closed, what a bum. So off we went for a very frosty walk along side a mostly frozen river interspersed with a few fairly random statues, including the below gem. When its cold out we can only assume from this statue that Norwegians love nothing more than to get naked and ride a moose…?
The train trip to Stockholm in the afternoon was pretty easy and comfortable. We were sat opposite an older Norwegian couple in their mid 50’s-60’s who were way too into PDA’s and snoring (not at the same time) but spoke English and were nice. When trouble broke out in paradise (carriage 2) they translated the heated argument taking place at the end of the carriage which was great because I hated missing out. My imaginings of what was going down turned out to be slightly more interesting than reality. They were fighting over littering. I supported the man who took offence to the littering but felt that from body language he was losing. The snobby girl with the fake boobs and real Louis Vuitton bag spoke very aggressive Norwegian.
Got to the hostel, we’re staying in possibly the best hostel I have ever seen called City Backpackers. While we signed up for the ‘Viking Sauna Tour’, we asked what to wear and Michael goes well we normally do it nude if that’s ok… silence, then awkward laugh from Jono and I and then he says but I guess we can just wear swimmers. I said ‘um thank you?’ Michael turned out to be a really cool, funny Swedish dude who is into swing dancing, bowler hats and fika (drinking coffee and eating a sweet at the same time).
The sauna experience was unreal. Wacky Michael, who loves a good sauna, told us we weren’t to go into the water until our minds go a little crazy in the heat. He stoked the fire until the sauna got to 100 degrees Celsius! There were 5 American girls and 1 American guy on the tour with us. One of the girls, Shannon, was very funny and asked us quite seriously if NZ is attached to Australia, where is Sydney and what currency do we use in Australia? 100 degrees blows your mind and burns your nostrils and before very long we were so keen to jump into the water. The ice was broken with a shovel and down the ladder you went. Michael told us not to jump in because he had had a nightmare the night before about us getting stuck under the ice. So. Reassuring.
It actually makes you feel like you are on a trip, you climb out of the water and lay down and the world spins and spins and spins. I couldn’t see straight or focus on things! Then you run back into the sauna and repeat it over and over again. We got in the water 5 or 6 times, your skin is zinging and you feel so alive!
After we’d got dressed we had sandwiches for lunch brought by Michael. Michael also brought smoked reindeer and cheese paste to accompany the meal. Someone asks ‘Is it really reindeer?’ and Shannon (the funny American) goes, ‘well since reindeers don’t exist I’m going with No’. Jono lost it ,he laughed so hard and she says ‘why are you laughing?’ Yes I tried the blended smoked reindeer paste that came from a tube and yes it was really really good!
After dinner we’re going out for a drink as its Friday night an we can afford alcohol again haha.